In this baltic weather, it’s hard to imagine sweating profusely. But that’s exactly what I’m doing… at Bikram yoga.
And if you’re thinking calm, ease and stillness, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is serious stuff. This is mind sharpening, body strengthening yoga done in an oven at 42 c.
There’s no prolonged meditation, no mantras and no rest for the weary because over the course of the next hour-and-a-half it’s 26-postures in almost continual-flow. And once isn’t enough – we do each posture (asana) twice.
Stretch, pull and sweat – a lot
I stretch my mind, pull my body and sweat like never before. Because in this extreme heat even the most refined lotus flower is gonna to sweat uncontrollably. Fortunately no one cares – in fact we’re all in this encounter together.
It’s all-over good for you
And just why would you do this? Well, it’s good for you. In addition to an all-over body workout, Bikram also works your cardiovascular system and internal organs. Yes, it’s intense. It’s challenging. But it’s also extremely energising – in fact I feel great.
If I could bottle the utter joy, sense of accomplishment and well-being I feel at the end of each class, I would. But I can’t so I’ll be back to (literally) extend my bliss. Their 20 days unlimited classes for £20 introductory pass is a great way to try it out. Classes run throughout the day and are for all levels.
So go on, get out of the cold and into the heat – boost your body, mind and soul.