Sweaty sweaty sweatness.
That has been my life for the last month.
So I was heading out of the Heart FM studios recently and spotted a ‘Bikram Yoga’ sign right next door. Interesting.
So I went home and googled it.
Hot yoga. Not just hot yoga. Boiling hot yoga.
Basically it’s like yoga in a sauna. 42 degrees to be precise!
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never been a big lover of yoga and always found it quite slow and a bit meh… but Bikram Yoga… NOW WE’RE TALKING!!
So the following day I walked in and said to the lady behind the counter: “Let’s do this.”
Her reply, and I quote, was : “OK great, now in your first Bikram Yoga class your main aim is just to stay in the room.”
“Just stay in the room and do what you can, if you feel like you’re about to faint then lay down on your mat for a couple of minutes but don’t leave the room.”
“Now Nicola you’re quite lucky as today the room isn’t as hot as it usually is, so it’s a good starter heat for you.”
“We do the same 26 poses in every class, some are much tougher than others.”
“Only sip your water when we tell you and never stretch so far that you’re in pain.”
“Just do what you can, you’ll learn to love the heat.”
So in I go… Blimey it’s hot!! And this isn’t it’s hottest?! Are you kidding me?! After about 2 minutes I could feel sweat dripping down from my earlobes!!
Not just that, but I’ve never been in a room with so many men and women in such small clothing. I kid you not, the man next to me was in the shortest shorts I’ve ever seen in my life. You couldn’t even call them shorts! They were just… a bit of material.
Proper ‘Yoga-ites’, do you know what I mean?
Focus Nicola. Don’t make yourself look like a plonker. Try and fit in.
I managed to keep up with the moves, except for the balancing ones. I fell down a lot.
And an hour and a half later I was out of the room. Phew! I made it! I stayed in the room! Now someone get me a shower!
I can honestly say I have never sweated so much in my entire life! It was like my hair was just a water tap, pouring salty sweatiness down my face.
I went back 2 days later. And again 2 days after that… and now I’m hooked.
The quote ‘you’ll learn to love the heat’ is quite correct indeed. I do love the heat! And now I actually look forward to a good sweat and stretch 3 times a week.
A whole month of it has actually made my body so much stronger and much more flexible!! Don’t get me wrong, I still fall down occasionally but just not as often! Huzzah!
And yes, the more often I go, the more my clothing is minimising. My trousers turned to shorts then turned to hot pants, and my t shirt turned to top then turned to crop top.
The main thing I need to focus on is my ‘concentration tongue’. Every time I concentrate, the tongue pokes out. But hey, it gives everyone in the class a laugh.
Maybe in another month I’ll be able to put my leg behind my head!?…maybe.