I am a LITTLE bit obsessed with Bikram yoga right now. Kate Jenkins has an AWESOME Studio in Vestavia. Not ONLY is it super pretty, its strict on its rule (which I LOVE), as in…NO SHOES and it is always clean. Annnnnnnnd didn’t really realize how OCD I was until that second. Sorry. Moving on.
So here is the big fat lengthy background on Bikram Yoga, what it is, who started it, etc. if you want to read all of that (I love Wikipedia tangents! It is really satisfying to me to click-through about 97 articles and find new lines of information…) But – If Wiki is not for you, here is the short end of it…
Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s. Bikram’s classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (≈ 40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%, and is the most popular form ofhot yoga (a series of yoga poses done in a heated room)
Yes, you read that right. 105 degrees. ANNNNND thats what it starts at. When you get 30+ people in there, it just gets….well…shall we say a little warmer?
Kate’s studio offers an intro month for $40 – which, I am SORRY kids, that is a flipping STEAL.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
Large water bottle 😉 Maybe that is too big? But whatever. It seems to be JUST enough for me
A mat. I have a prAna mat, which I love, but starting out you can just use WHATEVER. A lot of the kids have this towel-like mat….and it allows you to have one piece of equipment instead of two!
A mat towel like this….or whatever you can find. Beach Towels work too! Something to mop up the “toxins” flowing out of your skin. And they WILL flow out.
SHORTY SHORTS -The shorter the better. Im serious. Don’t wear a lot of clothes. It makes NO difference what you think of your body, what you think you should wear. Take off a layer and realize that this is a yoga practice that forces you to look at your own body. No one is starting at you, no one is seeing how your poses look….and for CERTAIN no one cares what you are wearing!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST – Open Mind. Please bring your open mind. Bikram Yoga will push you and it is NOT afraid of pain or pushing your limits. But the further you PUSH the better you will be, the better you will feel and it will JUST continue to cause a rippled effect.
For my Birmingham Kids, if you want to visit, please LET ME KNOW! I love it, and I would love to experience your first class with you! For those of yall out of town – Google the closest studio to you and try out 2 classes within 24 hours, and just enjoy!