If you can stand the heat…
Searching for a new form of exercise to get in shape for the summer, I came across an advert for Bikram yoga classes near to where I live. I’d tried Hatha yoga a few years ago but thanks to Bikram’s meteoric rise in popularity and several endorsements from friends I was eager to give it a go.
Bikram yoga classes, I learnt, take place in a hot studio (40ºC with 40% humidity). They run for 90 minutes, taking you through a series of 26 yoga postures.
I’ll be honest, during the first 15 minutes of my first class I hated it. My body was incredibly over-heated, making me feel nauseous and dizzy. However, my sage yoga instructor constantly urged the newcomers in the class to stay in the room, resting whenever we needed to and allowing our bodies to get used to the heat.
By my second class, I was hooked! That meant it was time to invest some equipment and a couple of new outfits designed to help me out in the heat.