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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Yoga adventure

Since I have plateaued for a month now I decided to try something different for my exercise routine.
Of course a Groupon offering made it easier to decide.  This morning I went to my first Birkum Yoga class (http://bikramyoga.com/)
Conducted in a heated room, Bikram Yoga safely and effectively detoxifies the body through perspiration, stretches and tones the muscles and delivers fresh, high speed oxygenated blood to every cell and organ in the body.
Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is a series of twenty-six Hatha Yoga postures and two breathing exercises designed to provide a challenging, invigorating, rejuvenating, healing and effective yoga experience. During this 90 minute class, you work every muscle, tendon, ligament, joint and internal organ in the body. 

The goal of the first class is to just stay in the heated humidified room.  That was a challenge toward the last 30mins of the class.  You are moving through poses and the sweat is flowing off you like you are standing in a shower.  Several of the poses I was unable to do due to flexibility but I know that will come.  Another hard part was getting into the pose when you as so slippery with sweat and trying to stay in the position.  I managed to stay in the room the entire time it was a great relief to step out to a cooler room once done.  I felt pretty good just tired.  It is now 4 hours later and I'm still drinking water to rehydrate and I fell wiped and have no tolerance for heat.  It's 70 degrees here and I had to turn on the air conditioning because I'm hot.
Yes I will be going back and I know that it will get easier.