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Bend it Like Bikram Thursday July 15, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,The Runner — The Professor @ 1:41 pm

The Runner is on sabbatical.  It’s July and the heat index routinely exceeds 100 degrees, so obviously it’s time for hot yoga.    😉  Yup!  The Yogi is back in town.

I have found a studio that is a short, easy drive from the house and is super clean.  I am loving the clean factor.  Unlike my old studio which was carpeted (yuck), this place has a floor that is mopped after each class and is not porous.

If you’re wondering what happens in a typical hot yoga class, I thought I would show you.

This, my friends, is the Standing Floor Bow.  I wish I could tell you that I can get (and stand comfortably) in this pose, but that wouldn’t be true.  I try to get in this pose and that’s what it’s all about.  Process.  Process and patience.  Classes are traditionally 90 minutes (although my studio offers some shorter options) and ultimately focus on the breath and moving the body into a series of 26 postures.

The class opens and closes with exercises focused primarily on the breath.  In the middle of all that breathing is a series of Standing exercises (stretching and balancing focused) followed by Floor exercises (spine strengthening and stretching focused).  The ratio of Standing to Floor is about 60:40.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in the yoga game so my first week of classes has been rough.  Lots of sweat and shaking muscles and LOTS of soreness.  Strangely though, I love it.  Looking forward to more.


One Response to “Bend it Like Bikram”

  1. Wingnut Says:

    I swear, one of these days, I’m going to try a yoga class.

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