Wednesday evening last week. 14 degrees Celsius outside. Shorts and a singlet. One hour. One 40 degree celsius room.
This is Bikram Yoga. I experienced my first class after my over-enthusiastic mind (who I am not talking to any more) convinced me that it would be a good idea. I was at the tail end of my icky flu and I must admit that the class kicked that flu to a place of no return, however the process was torture!
I started out looking relatively normal and finished looking like this
(That is my lovely friend Ruth who invited me along – she looked like a pro doing it)
Granted, I am still smiling but inside I am still melting. The ads for the class make it look like this, which I could deal with
(this is not an actual picture from the website, just what I imagined it would be like)
However, after the first five minutes and realising that the most appropriate position to be in during the standing poses was sitting, I began to resemble a poster that illustrated the warning signs of heat stroke.
Realistically, the class looks more like this
All in all, I think I will attempt another class. I think my biggest problem was in my effort to drink 3 litres of water before attempting the class, I forgot to eat. Big mistake. So next time, lots of food and water during the day.
Next attempt is on Wednesday. Wish me luck!
For people who live in Perth, I did the class at Bikram Yoga Joondalup where they have a 10 day unlimited pass of $20.