When I walked into Bikram Yoga of Santa Rosa's yoga studio I was very greeted with a very warm breeze that quite frankly made me a little nervous. I was not sure how in the world I would endure an entire hour and a HALF doing intense positions in this hot room! Not to mention the dress code (aka no dress code)...and the smell, because the building had carpet floors the buckets of sweat people expel on a regular basis created a very pleasant gym odor.
Once the class began the thoughts in my mind went viral and I got quite uncomfortable. Not only was I an inflexible stocky athlete straining to keep up with these lean and flexible yoga guru's but I am also modest, impatient, and in love with cool breezy air! I was out of my element at the least but the quest for wellness will always push you out of your comfort zone into the power zone. Today the power zone was Bikram and powerful is an understatement.
Once I broke a sweat my mind drifted off the heat, the smell, and the spandex and before I knew it I was in a groove. While the groove had been there waiting for me all along it was just a matter of quieting my loud mind chattering away and finding presence to focus on the positive. Within 30 minutes I was flowing and every organ, every muscle, and every cell in my body was alive and thriving! The combination of the heat and postures activated my core, lubed my joints, stretched my muscles, cleared my mind, and lifted my soul!
By the end of the class I was sold ....and sweaty! I have never felt so light and pure in my life...Bikram IS BIKRAM! WOW its just indescribable. I am anything but a yoga enthusiast and I am so impressed with the experience that I gained from today's hot yoga session that I may have to get me a pair of spandex...ASAP! I was blessed to have a fantastic teacher so if you choose to embark on a yoga adventure make sure to research the instructors before going. Weather you are looking for weight loss, mental clarity, or total wellness hot yoga does it all and more so check it out and I hope its as powerful for you as it has been for me.
Thank You & God Bless