by Rebecca SA • Mar 26, 2008 8:16 AM PDT
What’s hot, sweaty and red all over? Me, at Bikram Yoga. Feeling the onset of bathing suit season looming eerily on the horizon, I figured Bikram Yoga would be the best way to get in tip-top shape for bikini time. This is not your ohm-shanti, incense burning type of yoga, Bikram is ninety minutes of hardcore compressions and poses in a 110-degree room that will whip anyone back into shape and super-fast. A friend and I committed to a Bikram challenge to help get ourselves looking hot for summer, two weeks of at least four classes a week. Read on for all the sweaty details.
Day 1: I was nervous! They warn you beforehand about dizziness and nausea and I totally had both. No matter what, you are not allowed to leave the class so when my vision turned black and I was sure I was going to fall over, I just kept breathing and sat down until the feeling passed. At the end of day one, I felt like a warrior, energized and tough. I was glowing at home and could not believe myself.
Day 2: I felt a little nauseous and wanted to cry halfway through, but no blackout. But it gets easier as you go along, I got through only having to lay down once. And my body was already looking more toned and sexy. The sweating combined with the hardcore exercise made me look lean fast.
Day 3: I went back the very next day and I got through the class without sitting down. While watching myself in the mirror, I could already see the changes in my body and I was beginning to fall in love with it all over again. I could picture how cute I was going to look on the beach!
Day 4: It’s still hard but I get through every pose keeping my eye on the prize: moi! I am feeling better about myself than ever.
Day 5: I am hooked and I look great. I get through the class with ease and am so happy I started this.
So Bikram is worth every ounce of blood, sweat and tears. It’s tough, but so so so good in the end. Would you ever sweat it out, bees? If so, let’s do a Stylehive Bikram challenge.