I have a love-hate relationship with Bikram Yoga.Â I hate going because itâ€™s rather long and during it is relatively uncomfortable, but the feeling when itâ€™s done is like no other.Â The amount of sweat produced during that class is hard to replicate by another other form of exercise.Â When youâ€™re finished you literally feel as if you took an internal shower (both mentally and physically).Â I feel clean and refreshed, yet exhausted.
Bikram is 90 minutes long in a room that is 105 degrees with humidity.Â It probably seems disgustingly unpleasant, but actually accentuates the experience beyond what you can imagine until you have done a yoga class in it.Â Bikram yoga, consists of a standard 26 poses with two breathing exercises (one at the beginning and one at the end). Â You complete each pose two times; the first time for 1 minute and the second time for 30 seconds in the standing series. Â The first half of the class is standing/balancing series and the second half is the floor series. Â This yoga class is the exact same structure world-wide. Â I have tried for so long to learn to love yoga, but have had a very hard time.Â I donâ€™t think itâ€™s relaxing in the least.Â I usually feel like itâ€™s just uncomfortable.Â I guess I canâ€™t quite get the mental aspect of it down.Â I usually get a little bored.
The followers of Bikram claim that it works every single tendon, muscle, bone, gland, and organ during the practice.Â When I had shin splints a couple years ago, I went there and I literally felt as if I was sweating the injury out.Â Bikram inevitably helped get rid of the shin splints, which I was greatly appreciative for.Â Hence, the love-hate relationship.Â Itâ€™s hard but in the end totally worth every minute spent in there.