Two weeks ago MsIndependent members attended Bikram Yoga Meyerland Plaza for their open house yoga class, just for beginners. About 15 of our ladies rolled out a mat and stepped into a room heated to 105 degrees ( 40% humidity), totally unaware of what we had gotten ourselves into. The room was packed, filled with yogis and newbies alike, but we were all nervously excited to see what this Bikram thing was all about. As class began we were called to stand to the front of our mats for our opening breathing exercise. There was no music, only the sound of our collective breathing, and the deep thud of our hearts beginning to pick up the pace, and just then sh*t got real!
It's amazing how just changing the rhythm of your breath can increase your heart rate. I think within the first 10 minutes I felt like I had been on a treadmill for a half hour. Simply put ( and according to Google) Bikram yoga consists of 26 yoga postures that are meant to help loosen up or muscles and increase lung capacity, so that oxygenated blood can better circulate throughout our bodies. Think of your body like a a series of roadways.There are closures, construction, slow traffic, and wrecks slowing down and maybe even halting the flow of traffic ( blood flow) throughout the body. The heat in the room and the breathing exercises, along with the poses help get your body warm and limber to help traffic ( blood flow) move more smoothly and efficiently.
I was so impressed that I could do this, but it is indeed an awkward pose to hold.
Standing Bow Pose
Nailed it! Haha. :)
Every part of our bodies got worked from head to toe. Any feelings of insecurity or a need to perform quickly melted away as we found ourselves focused in being able to breath, hold poses, and yes occasionally check our hair to be sure it's not a total hot mess. Our instructor Connease did an awesome job of making the class fun while still delivering easy to understand instructions. She stood on a platform so that everyone could see her, and reassured all the newbies that her instructions would take them from point A to Z, but they are welcome to stop on any alphabet along the way.
After class we all stayed to chat, talk about class, and meet other followers of MsIndependent. We looked like we had bathed in our own sweat, and though we felt revived, energized, and awake, we were also stewing in our own people juices and needed to head home for a shower and about a gallon of water. I would highly recommend to anyone to at least try Bikram and see if it's something that works for you. Yes the room is hot but if you live in Houston, you're probably better prepared than you think. Thanks to Bikram Yoga Meyerland Plaza for the amazing experience. Thanks MsIndependent for joining, and until we meet again on the mat. Namaste.
(left to right) Me with the studio owner Ana Thyagaraja and our instructor Connease Warren