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1. Sweat, Sweat, and More Sweat
Before I attended my first class, I didn't think it was possible to release enough sweat from my body to drown a small town. Guess what? It is possible*. It was not uncommon for me to lift my arms above my head and flick a spray of sweat, or for a stream of sweat to drip off the tip of my nose when I bent my head towards the ground. For crying out loud, it is 105 degrees in the yoga studio! If you don’t sweat, you are not human. Expect to leave a Bikram yoga class looking like you just climbed out of a pool.
2. It Doesn't Get Easier
Every single class requires 100% effort. Sure, some days I wobbled and grunted to just reach past my knees, and other days I could easily reach my toes. The point is, both feats required my maximum effort. Each of the 60 classes I attended during my challenge required concentration, focus, and hard work.
3. You Always Get Better
It doesn’t get easier, but I guarantee that if you continue practicing Bikram yoga regularly, you will get better. In addition to health improvements (e.g., increased relaxation, better concentration, alleviated joint pain, decreased lower back pain, weight loss, and muscle strengthening), attending yoga regularly will result in noticeable form, and flexibility improvements. Touching your forehead to your knee, doing a backbend and seeing the wall behind you, improving your strength and grip; all of these things can happen. Trust me, for the first time ever, I recently touched my toes without bending my knees. Yep, I am awesome.
4. Yoga is not cheap
Yes, Bikram yoga can be expensive, but there are ways to reduce costs. Start by Groupon. Ask for BYM new student rates, or “refer a friend” deals,
Still too pricy? Ask an instructor about a possible work-trade.
5. Employees are Passionate
All Bikram yoga instructors are passionate about their jobs. This is not a generalization, it is the straight up truth. If you think about it, what kind of crazy person would agree to work in 105 degree heat and talk non-stop for an entire 90 minute class period without having mad love for the gig? Don’t be afraid to stay after class and ask your teacher yoga questions. I guarantee the teacher will happily assist you.
6. You Can’t Predict Good Days or Bad Days
Some mornings you will wake up and feel fantastic. You will enter the yoga studio expecting to execute each pose perfectly without effort. Ninety minutes later, you will be drenched in sweat and feel like you were hit by a bus.
The very next day, the last thing you will want to do is get out of bed, let alone attend a yoga class. Then, after dragging yourself to the studio, you will flow through the poses with ease, and leave yoga feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. There is no way to predict how your body will react. Different issues, sensations, and feelings with surface each day.
7. Your Mind Will Wander
Bikram yoga teachers constantly provide instructions. You will be told to focus your eyes on the front mirror, relax your shoulders, suck in your stomach, balance your weight in your heels, lock your knee, or align your hips. You will work hard to follow all of these instructions. Suddenly, after five poses of deep concentration you may realize your mind has wandered to something completely unrelated to yoga. Then you look in the front mirror and realize you are doing a different pose then the rest of the class. This happens. Take a deep breath, recognize yourself in the front mirror, and then refocus on the teachers words. You will be striking the right pose in no time.
8. Anyone Can Do Bikram Yoga
Maybe you are overweight, out of shape, inexperienced, old, not flexible, too tired, too busy, or too scared. It’s ok, because ANYONE CAN DO BIKRAM YOGA! Beginners are welcome. I have attended class with construction workers, businessmen, and grandmas. No one perfects the poses during their first class. Each student's starting capabilities are different, and everyone improves at their own pace.
9. Feel like a new person
After 60 classes in 60 days, you will feel like a new person. It will probably take less than 60 days to enjoy the benefits of Bikram yoga. Since I completed my 60 day challenge, I definitely feel like a new person. I am more flexible than when I started. I am less stressed and my outlook has improved. I have better posture, I sleep better, and I am stronger. I feel accomplished, and I am proud.
What are you waiting for? Give Bikram yoga another try. You might actually like it.
BIKRAM YOGA MILPITAS
1200 South Abel St. Milpitas, CA. 95035
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