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Bikram : Hate to love it

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I love Bikram yoga. I love being done with Bikram yoga. I love feeling strong while I am doing Bikram yoga. But I hate that I love it. I would much rather be anywhere else than in a 105 degree room exercising.

After a long absence, I finally made it back to yoga on Sunday afternoon. The first class was hard, I left defeated. At no other time did I realize just how far I set myself back having a 3 month vacation from my healthy lifestyle. Not only was I not at the same place I was when I stopped Bikram (in June!), but I couldn't make it through the class without sitting. I got nauseous, felt dizzy. I was truly a beginner again.

I went again last night and did much better. I didn't have to sit at all. I didn't get sick to my stomach. I was able to do all the poses in some fashion.

The thing I love about yoga, especially Bikram where you do the same routine each time, is that you really can see the incremental improvements every time you go in a way that you can't when you are running or strength training. One week, you struggle to grab your foot in a pose, the next week it is easier, the next week you are moving on to the next movement. There was one pose, standing bow, where I struggled to grab my foot from behind. I could only do it with an assist from the wall. I got to the place when I was going to Bikram regularly where I could do standing bow without the wall for assistance. That felt great. Now I am back at the wall. So even though I might look like the same bumbling fat girl in the yoga class to a casual observer, I know where I was, where I am now, where it is possible to go.

I was hoping to go Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday but since tomorrow is Halloween, maybe Friday instead.

Spark on, friends.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KIMBERLY_Y 10/31/2013 11:01PM

    You will get there again, Amy. Good for you going back and having such a great attitude. That is half the battle.

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KIMPY225 10/30/2013 8:16PM

    I never tried that yoga, but it sounds pretty interesting. The yoga I did try, I also noticed how it got a little bit easier each time I tried it!


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KAT321123 10/30/2013 10:35AM

    Kudos to you for getting back into your yoga practice after such a long break!

I know it can be really hard getting back into the groove, especially when our body has a hard time reacclimating. I think one lesson I've learned in my yoga practice, which my teachers say frequently, is that we have a different body every day and comparing (to how we were yesterday or how others are doing) is not beneficial -- instead we need to observe where we are and focus on acceptance. Of course in real life, that's not always so easy to do, but that's part of the practice, too =)

Best of luck! I'm glad you're getting back into your routine!

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KABMPH 10/30/2013 9:46AM

    I have never done Bikram, but I love the improvement I see in many types of fitness classes when I go regularly. I get stronger, more flexible, and can keep up better. It's great.

Glad you're back on the health wagon!

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