Fuck it, I sweat, bucket loads, but spending 90 minutes in a room heated to 40 degrees C trying to bend my body into positions it doesn’t want to certainly beat the hell out of 60 minutes in a pool full of toxic chemicals.
Hmmm, my Bikram Yoga experience, it was interesting
I turned up about 30 minutes before the class and found I had to take my shoes off before entering the studio, call me paranoid but I did take my orthoeses out, no way was I leaving them out the front. The previous class let out and I was confronted by a dude in board shorts and nothing else to sign us in okey dokey, I am down with this
For $17 I get an introductory offer where I can go as much as I like for a week, not very well timed as I am going to be heading off to Brisbane for work next Tuesday. So I change into my shorts, crop top and running singlet. I had bought my own yoga mat because I didn’t want to hire one that was sweated all over by someone else.
I was a about 10 minutes early so I head into the room to lay down and have some quiet time, damn it was hot, they weren’t kidding, within about 1 minute the singlet is off, I am getting way over my body issues and it was shorts and a crop top from then on. Unfortunately I am not very good at “quiet time” and spent the next 10 minutes fidgeting and checking my watch “come on, let’s get this show on the road!”
90 minutes! The longest yoga class I had ever done was 45 minutes, I wasn’t sure I would cope. But once we got started it al flowed along and the time flew by. Unlike other forms of yoga I had done in the past this one suited me more, the poses were less extreme and you could still get the benefit even if you couldn’t fully extend the pose. For me it was as I expected and an excuse to have a good stretch and try something different.
Going to an evening class does make for a long day though and I couldn’t see myself doing it more than once a week, especially when I am back running regularly again. I can see it fitting in nicely on a Saturday afternoon, something to help unwind from a long week of training and to set up for a Sunday long run.
Some people in the class were pretty amazing and extremely flexible. For me there were some poses I was very strong with, other’s not a chance, for example I won’t be bending forward from the hips and touching my forehead to my knees in a big hurry. But other poses required good core strength and I was pretty good at holding those.
I know I am going to sleep well tonight.
Also I should say I pulled up well today after yesterday afternoons run, much better than I did on Wednesday, I didn’t feel like I had been beaten up and my legs still feel fine.
Did anyone else have a short but very violent thunderstorm last night? Out my way, at about 11pm there was a massive clap of thunder, so close that the windows shook. Then a big dump of hail, followed by lightening that felt like it was right outside my bedroom window, another massive clap of thunder and then it was all over, when I woke with the next day I thought I had dreamed it.