No, I won’t be writing a post about each yoga class that I attend. However, I felt the need to write this one, because my second Bikram Yoga class kicked my ass! For some reason it felt much hotter, much longer and much harder than my first class. Maybe it was because I was getting further into the poses? Maybe I hadn’t drank enough water the day before? Maybe I was tired because I woke up at 5:45 am (ON A SATURDAY!!) so that I could eat two hours before the 8 am class? Maybe it was because my body was detoxing? (Whatever that means…that is what the owner of the studio told me…I’m not sure if I believe in the whole detox your body through sweaty yoga…plus I already eat healthy and workout often…is there really a lot to detox??) Whatever it was, I survived my second class. Just had to lie down a few times during the standing poses because I felt a bit dizzy and nauseous. I’m not giving up though…I will be going back again Wednesday morning!
There are some benefits of the extreme heat in the class – today when I went for my run it felt positively breezy and balmy even though it was quite a hot day. I think I will withstand the heat of the summer better this year because of my body acclimatizing to the heat from the class.
Another benefit – at the end of the class, our teacher told us to thank ourselves for coming out early on a Saturday morning. She told us to take the feelings we get from yoga and use them in the rest of the day – the concentration, the self-control, the determination, the gratitude! I’m definitely trying to do this. Especially the self-control. It’s so easy to blow up at our kids and our spouse over little things. It takes a lot of self-control to remain calm in stressful situations, and I know it is something I have to work on. I tried to exercise my self control yesterday when the kids were driving me batty, doing things that all kids do (making a mess, dawdling when we needed to get out of the house, running away when I tried to get them in their pajamas, etc). It is HARD not to get annoyed and frustrated with these behaviours. However, if I can do yoga in a 40 degree room for 90 minutes, I know I can face any situation that the kids throw at me.
So, in spite of a hard yoga class yesterday, I am still so glad that I went. I can see why people get addicted to these classes, as their benefits stretch far beyond the yoga studio walls. Can’t wait until my next class!