I have a love-hate relationship with Bikram Yoga. I hate going because it’s rather long and during it is relatively uncomfortable, but the feeling when it’s done is like no other. The amount of sweat produced during that class is hard to replicate by another other form of exercise. When you’re finished you literally feel as if you took an internal shower (both mentally and physically). I feel clean and refreshed, yet exhausted.
Bikram is 90 minutes long in a room that is 105 degrees with humidity. It probably seems disgustingly unpleasant, but actually accentuates the experience beyond what you can imagine until you have done a yoga class in it. Bikram yoga, consists of a standard 26 poses with two breathing exercises (one at the beginning and one at the end). You complete each pose two times; the first time for 1 minute and the second time for 30 seconds in the standing series. The first half of the class is standing/balancing series and the second half is the floor series. This yoga class is the exact same structure world-wide. I have tried for so long to learn to love yoga, but have had a very hard time. I don’t think it’s relaxing in the least. I usually feel like it’s just uncomfortable. I guess I can’t quite get the mental aspect of it down. 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. When I had shin splints a couple years ago, I went there and I literally felt as if I was sweating the injury out. Bikram inevitably helped get rid of the shin splints, which I was greatly appreciative for. Hence, the love-hate relationship. It’s hard but in the end totally worth every minute spent in there.