Bikram 4 and 5

I thought that class 4 was my Bikram breakthrough. I participated just about 99% of the class, and I didn’t feel like I was going to throw up or pass out. I was so excited. There was even maybe a little draft in the room 🙂 It was awesome. I left happy and refreshed.

Then there was class last night —  and just barely made it through. I didn’t leave because I knew the end game (meditation) would be all messed up if I did but man that class was tough. I was dizzy and EXHAUSTED. At one point I even wanted to cry!

It was during Salabhasana – Locust Pose that I thought I would cry. My hands just don’t want to turn the way they are supposed to in that one and and they hurt and it is the 17th pose and I was so tired. I didn’t give up though. 

I even had a dream last night about being locked in a hot room and not being able to get out. This class might be easier for me if I wasn’t so claustrophobic. The idea that I can’t leave messes with me.

Bikram Class 3

Class was better today. By no means was easy and I still got light headed, but I didn’t get intensely light headed. Just light headed in general. I understood when to stop and focus on breathing so that I could recover and get back into my practice. I liked some of the advice the instructor offered:

*Keep your head up and looking forward when you rest, if you look down you will get more dizzy.

*Learn precision of the poses first (even if that means you can only do a variation of the pose) or you are doing your self a disservice. This way you can get it right.

I feel like other instructors said that earlier on but it wasn’t until this class that I was able to take it in.

She also explained more about the benfits of some of the poses, which poses help circulation, your heart, your lungs and thyroid (I have thyroid problems).

Unfortunately though she didn’t open the door which would have made my experience almost 50% better. She also called me out in front of everyone for resting. She asked me how many classes I had been to. I said three motioning with my fingers because I had no breath to talk. “Oh! three!? That’s very good then.” Whatever lady. Way to call me out. I was surprised by that.

I will go again on Wednesday and Thursday bumping up my classes an extra day from last week.

I also had a really hard time meditating today. I couldn’t fully relax in my savasana. The lavender towel didn’t feel as good and I got up and left right away and didn’t feel particularly chipper when I got home. I will chalk that up to it being a rainy Monday. Tomorrow is a new day!

This looks inspiring. They played it at my Bikram Studio for movie night last Friday.

Bikram Class 2

Class two was NOT any easier. Okay, maybe it was 5% better but likely only because I knew what to expect. I also made sure to place my yoga mat closer to the door so I could get some normal air when the instructor opens it mid way through class to regulate the room temp. Also I could see outside and not feel so claustrophobic.

I was able to participate maybe just A LITTLE bit more. I asked a girl on the way out if it was normal that I thought I might die during class still and she said yes and it gets better but that she had been doing it for 5 months and still feels that way a bit. I can’t help but wonder what brings people back then? Then again, I can already feel an addiction forming. The “it hurts so good” type of craving. Feeling phenomenal and healthy after class for the next day or two helps as well. I may go on Sunday. Depends on how my Saturday night is.

I need to do some weight training in conjunction to the classes. While I see where it stretches and works the muscles in the arms and legs it doesn’t do much for abs (one of my target areas).

I could clear my mind/meditate easier this time … that was nice. I think I will stick with it. OH! Also, the skin on my face was very red this morning. It feels smoother but I looked like I was having some kind of a reaction, but then I heard in this video it’s good for your skin. I was a bit worried about all that sweat on my face for 90 minutes. Guess I am just clearing my pores.

John Butler Trio in Concert at Rams Head Live

I bought concert tickets this morning! I haven’t bought tickets for a show in a long time, but these are special. They went on sale at 10am. I signed on at 9:30 am and waited. I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for JBT for about three years now. I’m not even sure how I stumbled across them but I know it was “What you want” that got me hooked.

They usually are in Australia or touring Europe. Apparently they came to the Wolftrap in June and I missed it. Sucks. You can chill on a blanket outside there and listen, and it’s SUPER close. We are going to have to drive to Baltimore for this show and it’s on a Sunday night. It will be worth it though.

The day before they are opening for DMB at Madison Square Garden. I’m happy for them, but don’t want to hear their songs on the radio if you know what I mean. I like that they aren’t mainstream.

So many of Johns songs are about his wife and daughter. It’s just so sweet. So many songs helped me through hard times or just made me feel good in general. I can’t wait to see them…

Second Bikram Class Tonight

My first Bikram Yoga class was Tuesday. Despite being a self proclaimed yogi for over a year now, here are some of the things I thought and felt in my first hot yoga class…

— I might pass out
— Sit down you ARE going to pass out
— Holy ish it’s hot in here
— Claustrophobia

— I’ve never sweat this much in my life
— Elation — that it was over
— Cold heaven that smelled like lavender (The lavender towel at the end was the best part)

But I felt amazing after and the next day, and they say it gets better. So I will go again tonight. I suppose that after going to several yoga classes I just didn’t think it would be that much of a struggle for me, then again I have never handled heat well.

This afternoon I am getting some booty shorts for class. NOTE: Don’t be afraid to wear close to nothing. Initially I didn’t want to wear little shorts etc. until I lost the 5lbs and toned the areas I wanted but after seeing people in class who just didn’t care and were so into their practice that what was on the outside didn’t matter I remembered why I like yoga so much.

Drinking ALOT of water today until 3pm. That is suppose to help. Not eating A THING after 2pm.