I’m officially addicted to something I thought I wouldn’t like….Bikrim Yoga. A dear friend of mine has been a practicing yogini for quite some time and has gently encouraged me to try Bikrim for many years now. I think the thing that made me shy away from this form of yoga, is the hot room the classes are taught in. I wasn’t sure if I could handle the 105 degree temp. and 40% humidity. I was wrong….I love it! The warm room allows the body to become more pliable, which lessons the risk of injury. I’ve never been a fan of sweating, but I really dig the feeling now…and man, let me tell you……you sweat! You have to be very hydrated before you enter the classroom, and continue to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
Why 105 degrees you ask?
The heat flushes away the waste products, the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishment to every cell of your body so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy. When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.
The class runs 90 minutes long and consists of 26 postures or asanas. The class also includes 2 breathing exercises which really energize both body and mind. Since starting the classes I’ve been able to cut my Parkinson’s meds in half. My body feels much calmer and relaxed. I’ve lost five pounds and feel more balanced and grounded than I have in a long time. One Bikrim class can actually burn anywhere between 500 to 1500 calories. Pretty cool huh?!
I’ve gone everyday, and my daughter is going to join me for the first time this afternoon. I’m hoping she loves it as much as I do….I’ll let you know how it goes!
Here a few watercolors I recently painted…thought they might make you smile.