I did it, 30 Bikram yoga classes in 30 days! How amazing is that! Why is the picture foggy?? It's the sweat fog..lol
My Bikram 30-day challenge began as an investigation. I have been curious for a long time, hearing this and that of how wonderful it is, body changing, life changing, etc. My investigation began with a curious seed that grew to a love and appreciation for Bikram yoga. I'm not sure what I expected exactly. I was excited to be "working out" daily, but didn't realize the mental aspects I would also gain. Physically it's nice to go into class and know what you're going to get. I know I am going to get a great workout. I know I'm also gong to stretch and cleanse my body like the dickens! I have loved the physical perks that came with this challenge. I lost weight, even inches, and feel and look more tone. I feel super healthy, strong and flexible long after class is over. I am more conscious of what I put in my body because of the sick feelings that arise in class when I eat a little off. I have noticed a reduction of pain and stiffness in a injury I have been nursing. And Bikram yoga is ALL I have been doing!
This was my teacher for the last day of my challenge. Yep...still the sweat fog :)
Mentally it's nice to go into class and know what you're going to get. Because of this, you can mentally prepare your mind for the next 90 minutes. Even if it happens to be a harder class than you thought, whether it be because of sickness and/or extra fatigue, you know you can push past that and will be benefited for doing so. There were times I wanted to lay down the whole time. I had to put my mind out of it and take a pose at a time; pushing past my boundaries my head had set up to disrupt what my body needed. Sometimes these classes would be my best. I wouldn't even think about getting into a pose, I would just go for it. Then I would lengthen and extend the pose longer than I thought, repeat it on the other side and feel my victory after. Don't get me wrong, I had days I sat poses out, but learned to not let that keep me down. I would feel so amazing after these extra difficult classes. Although I felt exhausted, I also felt happy that I exceeded my preexisting doubts. What a wonderful tool to take with you into life. Doing what you should be doing, pushing past the "can'ts" and seeing you CAN succeed, AND redefining what succeed means. Perfect? That definition changes daily.
Trusty towel and matThanks everyone at SLC Bikram yoga for your amazing support; particularly Greg and Becky for giving me this opportunity to see what this 30 day challenge is all about. If you have ever thought about doing the Bikram 30 day challenge, do it! There WILL be ups and downs. But in the end you will look back with satisfaction, knowing you endured your best, and did something perhaps you thought you couldn't.
Thanks everyone for reading and following my journey. It's just begun! Namaste :) Just a reminder, you can try it for 10 days and it will only cost you $20 with the Bikram Yoga SLC Introductory Special!