Thursday, March 20, 2008

Corpse pose...

In my quest to beat my hubby on our little competition, I decided last night to drag one of my really good friends to Bikram Yoga while he was out with his buddies playing pool. My friend has never done yoga before and while I know my asanas pretty well, I've only done Bikram Yoga once. Thirty minutes into the 90 minute class I was about to pass out. By the forty minute marker, I wanted to throw up and by the middle mark of the class I was in constant corpse pose. Mental note, never to a class and with a cotton shirt on and "sorta" hungry.

Overall it was fun to watch my friend attempt some of the poses and watch him almost take out the little lady next to him. I think next week I'll hunt down a nice cool climate yoga loft. ;)

What is Bikram Yoga:
Also known as Hot Yoga, is a style of yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury and a Los Angeles, California based company. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (40.5°C) with a humidity of 40%. Classes are guided by specific dialogue including 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Classes last approximately 90-minutes.


1 comment:

Laura said...

Hey - I love this challenge you and your husband are doing! I took a hot yoga class once and I can totally relate to the waves of nausea that came over you. I have only ever done the one class so I'm by no means an expert, but I did find that the child's pose was much more restorative than the corpse pose - I remember that specifically. I would get dizzy or nauseous from time to time during the class, and I found that when I paused in the child's pose, the feeling would pass and I could continue on with the class. Just something to keep in mind for next time. Also I've heard that you're more prone to waves of nausea the first few times you do hot yoga but that if you do it regularly, your body gets more accustomed to exercising in high heat and the waves of feeling awful stop.