My first Bikram Experience

There are two words that can describe my first experience with Bikram yoga, Life Changing. Now I may be jumping the gun just a little bit with this one but honestly I feel so refreshed and energized today after doing my first last last night and I feel like a changed woman.
Lets back up for a second and talk about my history with Yoga in general. I first fell in love with yoga back when I was going to Cabrillo, tho community college in Santa Cruz. It was one of my elective classes and I did it 2 times a week for 2 of those years. The first was in the gym, a huge basketball court above me with close to 100 students all getting their fix of Hatha Yoga. This was a good start and when my second year at Cabrillo came I signed up for a class that was downtown in the vets hall. It was kind of loud since it was right downtown but it was peaceful all the same. I had first started doing yoga because I had heard it was great for your back and I had a lot of back pain from various car accidents. When I moved back home to the SF bay I couldn’t find the time for yoga. I was commuting to school and the classes at SFSU were at bad times and it didn’t seem to work out. I had also just recently met my BF (now Fiance) and I was trying to spend as much time with him as I could. Lets not forget that for a poor starving(Not really I wish!) college student yoga studio’s are expensive.
Sorry where were we? Oh yes so I basically stopped doing yoga as much then not at all and found fitness in other places. If some of you are thinking, why Aly why can’t you do yoga at home? Yes, yes I could but I really love the feel of a community and doing classes. I can run on my own but doing Yoga just felt like I needed lots of people.
Back to last night, My running/fitness buddy asked if I was interested in trying Bikram yoga and buying a month unlimited to try out because there was a deal online. I quickly bought the deal because I have been meaning to try it and having someone else to endure the torture with me was just too good to pass up. After trying to plan for weeks we were set on going last night to the late class, starting at 8:15.
Now this class is 90 minutes, just like any traditional Bikram Yoga class, and did the basic 29 positions with breathing exercises. When I first went in I was worried because I do have issues with headaches and heat always seems to trigger it or make it worse. I was doing good for the first hour or so, granted I was sweating so profusely that when I did a forward bend a river of perspiration was flowing into my nose and mouth(super sexy right?), But I was feeling good. My body was warming up and the poses were good. When I hit the 60 minute mark and we did some back poses I could feel my head pounding and I just felt like I might pass out. I calmed down and drank some water and have now realized I need to make sure I eat enough and have some sort of electrolyte drink instead of just water during or before or after the class. I tried to lie down after the 90 minutes and all I wanted to do was get out of that hot room!
I went home and made sure to have a snack and lots of water. I was lying away in bed thinking what a rush and my body was still so warm. I finally fell asleep, probably some time around midnight, then when I woke up I felt amazing. I was able to get up easily and have felt energized all day. My neck is a little sore I think from being in awkward positions or not knowing what to do but all in all I feel soo good. I am definitely going back for more torture! Next time I will try to at least take a picture of the funny studio that is on top of a building.
New Bikram Addict in the making over here ❤


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