Bikram Yoga (Shanghai)

Bikram Yoga, is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s.

A class runs for exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures including 2 breathing exercises at the beginning and at the end. Bikram Yoga is practiced in a room heated to 40.6°C with a humidity of 40%.

As an Ashtanga lover, I often refrained myself from practicing other yoga styles; ‘if I am investing my time in yoga, I’d better get very good at what I am teaching and love’ I keep repeating myself. This is until a couple of weeks ago when I remembered about Bikram Yoga Shanghai’s amazing offer for a 10 days all-you-can-sweat pass for the incredible price of CNY 500, which to be honest, used to be half of one of my nights out. So yes, I decided to try it out and you know what? I freaking LOVED it!

Intense, but calm; quiet but powerful and, oh wow, those balancing poses! So much fun challenging yourself in the mirrors.

First day’s goal was just to remain in the class for the 90 minutes; passed with some almost fainting moments, but happily concluded my class in a pool of sweat.

Got home, had a snack, another liter of water and I feel reborn! SO MUCH ENERGY! It’s 3 pm and I feel like I have just wakened up after a 15 hours solid sleep.

 

Second, third and fourth day I am loving it more and more; I smile when I realize I can bend as never before, I can touch with my forehead on my knees, and it’s only the second posture, my body is not that warm yet.

 

It’s on the fifth day that I feel dizzy again; a little bit sad for the step back and the need to stop for two half postures (hhihihi, I know, I am very hard on myself) I start wondering what the problem could be. Bad breakfast, lack of sleep, too hot? No, as simple as it is, I just didn’t drink enough. In fact, as the other days’ classes were at 5pm, therefore I had the whole day to hydrate myself, the first and the fifth classes were in the morning and I didn’t had time to drink enough water.

Sixth, seventh and eight days I feel great, I even add another physical activity after class.

 

And then? There it is, the ultimate challenge proposed by the teacher: 2 classes in one day.

Challenge accepted!! It’s like this that on that Monday I led my two yoga lessons and took 3 hours of Bikram Yoga summing up a total of 5 hours. That was my day off.

 

Tenth day I go back, very sad cause of the end of this experience but I get proposed a nice discount for the 30 days challenge – I check my calendar, impossible on the detox months of April and May, but June, here I am!

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