Friday, January 22, 2010

Lets Work on Proprioception

My next goal is to work on being aware of where my body is in relation to other ... stuff. To that end I took my first Bikram (hot yoga) class today. Imagine a 1 1/2 hour yoga class conducted in a room with the temperature between 95 and 100 degrees.

Apparently my belly button can sweat!

I'd taken yoga for a semester back in college and sporadically at different centers but never bikram so I wasn't sure what to expect. I figured I like stretching and warmth so I should go for it.

When I first walked into the training area our instructor (that guy in the picture up there) asked us to lay down and meditate for a few minutes while the rest of the class arrived. With my eyes closed the dry heat felt as if I were laying on a beach. There were about twenty people in class wearing tank tops or sports bras and shorts or bikini bottoms. The guys were topless.

The yoga moves weren't that complex and there were different levels of the same pose for participants. What made it difficult was the sweat. I'm fairly thin and flexible but when it came time to do easy stuff like hug my knees to my chest they kept sliding out from under my arms *LOL*

We took three water breaks during class but I'd made the mistake of bringing one of those silly electrolyte bevs with a sweet flavor. When your body is exhausted, hot and sweating behind the knees (really) the last thing it wants is something with a fancy name! Next time - h20

I had a lot of fun and was *drenched* by the end of class. Want to know how drenched? My shorts were WRINGABLE :O

I can't wait for my next class - I really look forward to improving my balance. Thankfully the Wii seems to have given me a stronger core than I'm used to :D


Dragonfly Treasure said...

Thank you for your heartfelt comment

Sue said...

Wow - I can't believe how hot they have it. I'm not sure if I would like that. Why so hot? I borrowed some videos yest. from my library and tried out diff. one's today. One was to easy, one way to hard (I'm a total beginner) and I found a couple that were ok.

It is way harder then I thought! I'll try it again soon. Have fun in your class.

Mandi said...

Holy crap I don't know how you did 1 1/2 hours! I'd seriously be afraid of dehydration in that kind of heat! You go girl.

Morning T said...

Good for you! I used to do Bikram yoga quite often but now it's too hard to squeeze in 90 minutes on anything for myself with a little one around.