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Day 62: Unexpected Bikram

Kindness Yoga recently took over Yoga on 6th- a well known bikram and hot yoga studio.  Most of you know how I feel about bikram yoga and that I try to stay as far away from it as possible. For tonight’s workout I decided to try out  Kindness’s new location (the old YO6th location) for a hot yoga class. 

I was so sure that the schedule said, “hot yoga.”  I know that it did because I checked that schedule three times to make sure.  But as soon as I saw the instructor walk in with a stopwatch I knew that something was not right, aka bring on the bikram.  If I was not doing this challenge, I am guessing that I would have left class as soon as we started the breathing exercises that I don’t understand.  If you’re a bikram fan, please do not take offense to this- I just cannot figure out this practice and I do not love the poses.  I know that it’s wonderful for tons of people, but not for me.

The whole time I kept thinking, “this is what it must feel like to be a 9-year-old child with a younger sibling and your parent makes you sit on Santa’s knee, so that the younger kiddo does not start to suspect that Santa is imaginary.”  You’re probably starting to think I’m crazy now.  What I mean is that I felt like I was faking enjoying any part of the practice for the entire 90 minutes in the 105 degree studio.  It’s almost Christmas time, hence the Santa analogy, and I felt like a 9-year-old fraud.  So maybe I should have been Santa in the analogy?  Either way, I completed the class and hightailed it out of there as soon as it was over.

So lesson learned, before class starts make sure to ask the instructor what class it is.  Or maybe they could even do what professors in college did to help out new students and say, “welcome to psych 101, if you’re not signed up for this class then please leave now.”  It was always funny when that happened, but it gave students a chance to exit a little more gracefully.  If you’re an instructor and you’re reading this, you really should consider announcing this to students as a courtesy!  Namaste.

Day Sixteen: There Are No Mistakes

I typically decide my workouts a few days before I complete them.  Today’s workout was chosen four days ago when I realized how much I missed my yoga routine while I was out of town.  I chose a class at the closest Core Power Yoga studio to my house and found a time that worked for me.  Little did I know that the class that I had chosen, “yoga fusion” actually meant “our style of Bikram.”

I walked into the studio, wanting more than anything to have a nice vinyasa practice.  I was so excited about it that I fell asleep waiting for class to start (this is happening a lot lately, uhh?)!  When the instructor came in and asked us to start out with the Bikram style breathing exercises I felt defeated.  I woke up for my slumber on my mat for this?

After my first experience at a true Bikram studio a  few weeks back, (see: Day Three & Four: Too Hot To Handle) I had sworn off trying it again.  However, the yoga guardian angel that is watching my back (primarily when I’m in wheel) must have had a different plan.  To me, giving up after trying something once is a lot like just giving up.  Giving up after trying something twice means, “I stayed open to it and tried it again.”  So after deciding that there was no way I was walking out of a class as it started, I gave it a second try.  I enjoyed it a lot more this time around.  I also realized that I happen to love everything about a vinyasa style class, this just might not be my dig….and that’s ok.