Three years ago while visiting my best friend in Hawaii, I took my first Bikram yoga class. It was quite an experience, and they weren’t kidding when they said hot, but like most people who are afraid of collapsing from the heat, it’s the feeling once you get through a class that makes you want to keep coming back for more. Is it a commitment that some might find hard to keep? You bet it is, but it is worth it? Yes! Yes! Yes! For your health, mind, body, and because you deserve to feel and look fabulous.
I have never been much of a fanatic when it comes to working out. I have had gym memberships that never got used, spinning classes that expired, and every gadget for my thighs, rear, and stomach, including a treadmill that my mother now uses to hang laundry. My girlfriend had been talking about Bikram for months and bragging about how good her body was looking. Of course being a skeptic, I knew I needed to see for myself before agreeing that it worked.
My first class was with Katherine who sold me after just one session. Her knowledge, love, and tone when speaking was like a drug, and after just three classes I could already see the effect it was having on my body, and I liked it! Bikram Yoga is like Hatha yoga in a 105 degree room, sometimes a little hotter. It helps to cleanse the body from the inside out, and when those 90 minutes are up, you feel amazing!!
The story behind Bikram is also a very intersting one, and proof that a diagnosis due to an injury doesn’t always mean you can’t recover. I am lucky enough to have a great studio right around the corner from my house, and Lorne who is one of the instructors is fantastic. My sister and I try to go together at least 2 times a week, but with our crazy schedules it doesn’t always happen.
For anyone wishing to feel good, get toned, and do something nice for yourself, then give Bikram a try. The only workout that I still do, and still love!
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