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Have any of you guys tried this style of yoga? I'm going to my first class this weekend and I'm a little nervous about the 105 degree room....<br><br>
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I hated it. It made me feel like I was sick with heat stroke. I almost threw up in it--and heard that was not an uncommon way to feel. Another woman in the class says that everyone feels nauseous. I went home and my face was totally red, and I felt like I did not have the strength to do anything else that day.<br><br>
I do lots of walking, and have take many yoga classes over the years--but this was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I knew it was not for me, and would neve do it again. I feel like anything that makes you feel that sick cannot be good for your body.<br><br>
I know some people like it--but it felt abusive to my body.
 

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A male friend of mine was really into this yoga...he describes it as very intense, water pouring out of your body and quite the challenge.<br>
He was doing it for several days a week and started to have hair loss! Yikes...he thinks he may have been pushing himself too hard.
 

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I used to have a roommate that was <b>REALLY</b> into Brikram Yoga (she eventually studied with Brikram himself) I went to the classes one or twice, and I loved them!<br><br>
It conflicted with my schedule so I just couldn't do regularly. Where I live now I'd have to drive at least an hour to get to a Brikram class, but if it were closer I'd totally be there!<br><br>
It is seriously intense, the heat and the assana's demand your total attention. Major Pitta energy! Not for everyone...or even most sane human beings for that matter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> but if your the right kind crazy it rocks.
 

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I love love love it! You have to make sure you drink enough water, and it isn't for everyone, but I hate the heat normally and just loved bikram. Granted I went to a class that only got the room 90-95 degrees, which was just right for me!
 

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Hi all!<br>
I had to report back to this thread since I finally got the nerve to try my first Bikram Yoga class last night. I had not done a yoga class but for once or twice before.<br>
I LOVED IT!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><br>
I admit it was challenging. The room is very warm and you are sweating profusely. The heat was dry however so it did not feel suffocating.<br>
You are not supposed to eat for 3-4 hours before the class. This might explain why some people get nauseous.<br>
It required all of my attention and focus and efforts...it was a wonderful workout that incorporated cardio-vascular training, strength-training, working on flexibility, mind training and relaxation. I felt it was a very holistic work-out and so cleansing too. My clothes were drenched afterward and I felt like a newborn baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I just thought I'd pass my perceptions.<br><br>
Love,<br>
Mel.
 

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I THOUGHT I would hate it because I am so NOT a hoyt weather person. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I LOVED it!! I no longer do it because the studio is too far away, but if there were one closer, I would be all over it.<br><br>
I was, and still am, an astanga devotee, but it was so much fun to take a break from that and practice Bikram for about 8 months.<br><br>
Cheers!
 

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I've done Birkram Yoga for about a year (that was a few years ago) It's pretty intense but as a fitiness crazy lady I loved it. Unfortunatly I did something stupid which was eating 1/2 hour before class and got really sick to my stomach. Other than that I loved it. The only reason why I stopped was because it was too expensive for me to keep up.<br>
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Houston has a few Bikram Yoga institutes....that is hilarious as hot as it is down here...but people do go to these yoga classes. I live for the air conditioning myself.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
However, on a more serious note, I went to two different classes for Bikram. One class was nice because the temperature was monitored well and there was just the right amount of heat and it was not too humid. The other class,I was going to die in because the classes were way too hot. There is supposed to be a certain temperature and humidity level (should be low humidity).<br><br>
Anyway, the secret to tolerating this yoga is to start out slowly. Go for 10 minutes the first week, (about 3X a week), then build up to 30 minutes by 10 minute intervals every week. I would not advise doing the whole 90 minutes the first time! Talk about torture....<br><br>
Anyway it is wise to buy your own water so you do not pay extra, and bring a couple of clean towels (preferably white to keep cool, colors just add to the heat and psychologically make me overheated). Take a nice tepid shower afterwards too and you will feel refreshed. Do not eat beforehand and try to do these classes regularly, because you body will not tolerate it well just doing it every once in a while. Needless to say, if you have high blood pressure, or heart problems, Bikram is not an option.<br><br>
The places I went were very expensive....it was like 110.00-150.00 a month to go as many times as you want. Actually, you have to have a place with a good schedule to benefit from it. My schedule just couldn't allow it.<br><br>
I bought a book on Bikram, and you can probably subsitute by keeping your heat on for awhile or doing it outside when it is warm (not in direct sunlight). Northerners probably have to have this in the summer or turn their heat way up. This can save you money on classes (but watch the heat bill).<br><br>
As I said, do build up gradually or this method of yoga is risky.
 
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