You’ve told me at least 15 times in casual conversation or facebook comment. But alas, you hem, you haw. You are curious but unsure.
I’ll just give you some basic info to prepare you for trying something new.
In this case, Hot Bikram Yoga.
- Yoga Mat, Towel, and Water.
- Come fully hydrated. Make an effort to drink water throughout the day, leading up to class.
- Try not to eat in the two hour prior to class. Undigested food is going to make you feel uncomfortable in some of the postures. Warm Tea is my pre class ritual. Warm water is absorbed faster than cold water in your body.
- Bring the right attitude. This is your greatest tool and challenge. Show up because you want to try. Don’t tell me someone dragged you there. Decide to show up. Decide to do something challenging. If you decide in your head that it’s going to be too hot, then you will perseverate on that thought all class long. Don’t decide anything when you come in. Just say, I’ll try. Your mind can start sabotaging you before anything has even occured.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. It’s good to wear form fitted clothing, so that you can see what your body looks like in the posture.
Many men take off their shirt. Some women wear sports bra and spandex. Some wear long pants. I wear a tank top and bike shorts.
No one is looking at you. The whole point is to focus on yourself.
If you want to wear a blue tank top everyday of your life, good for you.
What should I expect?
The class is 2 breathing exercises and 26 postures. 90 minutes.
I will talk all the way through the end of each posture, but you will only go until you body is finding a good intense stretch. Never pain. Everyone’s posture will be different.
You aren’t supposed to be able to do these postures the first time you walk in the door. You body is going to open up and change overtime.
The class is always the same. Therefore, it’s fun to be able to notice your growth as you continue to practice. One day you realize that you are doing things that your mind once deemed impossible.
Growth = Happiness
Why Should I do this hot strange activity?
Work every muscle and system in your body. Expand your lung capacity. Breathe more efficiently. Reduces inflammation in your body. Helps blood flow. Relieves stress. Makes your body and mind work together. Releases mad endorphins (I think that’s the technical term). Improves balance and flexibility. Makes your digestive system work properly. Practice patience, determination, and mental toughness.
Oh, and we are a lot of fun.
That’s just what I rattled off the top of my head. But this blog isn’t suppose to teach you about the body. It’s to help you feel prepared to come and experience it for yourself.
What is my goal during my first class?
Stay on your mat for the whole 90 mins. Even if that means laying down on your back and just breathing. That’s it.
Don’t run out the door. Just breathe. Keep your eyes open for the entire 90 minutes. It is a 90 minute open eyed meditation.
It becomes an exercise in learning how to calm down your central nervous system.
Listen to the words and do what feels good in your body today.
Don’t do other yoga postures instead of what the class is doing. Either follow the words and do the posture or just lay down and be still. Both of those things are right, but you have to make a decision.
Doing the class together as a group creates a tremendous amount of group energy. It’s one of those things that seems strange to type, cause it’s an intangible. But just come take the class and you can’t tell me i’m wrong.
- Come into the room.
- Stay on your mat.
- Breathe slowly in and out of your nose.
- Look at yourself in the mirror.
Simple, but never easy.
The class is supposed to be challenging. So that when you are hot and working hard, you get your fight or flight response pumping. You start to teach yourself that you can breathe through it. You can effectively calm yourself down in tough situations.
Couple of side notes:
- If you bring your phone in my yoga room, i’ll throw it out the window.
- Make sure you replenish your fluids post class. Warm tea. Water with lemon. Vitamin C packet.
- Your body is your life vehicle. In American culture, I know a lot of people who take much better care of their car than they do their body. Isn’t that crazy? You are vacuuming out your car weekly that you lease. Yet you don’t care about what you do to the inside of your body. That’s the only vehicle you will ever own, silly pants. Gotta tune up your vehicle. Your body.That’s what yoga is. The ultimate life tune up.
- Interesting fact, it’s hard to stare at yourself in the mirror. But how will we learn about our body if we can’t get comfortable taking a good look at it?
- Don’t look over at me in your posture. I don’t have the answer. You have to look forward at yourself. Take a look at what you are working with.
- Decide to try it and give it your full effort. Afterwards if you choose to never come back, then that will be perfectly okay. Just don’t have one foot out the door. Come to class and practice being present. Put down the screens. Get off social media. Participate in taking care of your health.
”Whether you think you can or you can’t do it, you are right.”
That’s everything you need to know about mindset.
You have to give yourself more credit. We can do hard things.
See you on the mat.