After the Bikram Yoga studio in my neighborhood closed, I went to another one for a little while. Then that one closed. I quickly put new tasks on my priorities plate, and even stopped doing regular exercise. Now after about two years of not practicing hot yoga, I finally made the good decision to start again.
I signed up and went to class today, and did better than I thought I would with my out-of-shape body! As soon as I stepped into the studio, I felt better about myself. Lately, with only a few cute things that fit me, and mostly wearing frumpy shorts and large t-shirts, I’ve been really, really wanting to return some of my attention to my health. I realized that I now think of myself as a frumpy fatty.
What I had to do was see myself as the healthy, fit woman I can and want to be again… and COMMIT! Dishing out some dough for several months of yoga classes means commitment. I’ll be okay with a little less dough in the wallet since it will mean a little less dough around the belly.
Bikram Yoga is Hatha Yoga–the original type. Here’s a bit about it from Bikram Choudhury himself, taken from his book, Bikram Yoga. He says, “I dispense yoga, the natural medicine for the human body that will heal and protect you for the rest of your life. I always say, ‘What’s right is what works.’ And yoga has been proven to work for some 5,000 years.”
Each of the 26 postures has its specific benefits. For example, Bikram writes, “Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose trims the abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks and thighs. It massages and compresses the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate the metabolism and the immune system.”
Of Triangle Pose, Bikram declares, “It improves every single bone, muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ, and it revitalizes nerves, veins and tissues.” He adds that it “can alleviate crooked spines, as well as rheumatism and lower back pain.”
If you are ready to feel better, I challenge you to challenge yourself and try Bikram Yoga at least several times. It’s tough at first. But as someone who has gone from often getting sick to being confident that my body will fight off nasty bad germs thanks to consistently doing yoga (even just once a week), I say it’s worth it. Plus, it gets a lot easier as you build muscle strength and endurance!
Have a healthy day… every day!