Dreading the upcoming winter months, fellow Roos? No worries, I’ve found a sweltering retreat to warm your body and soul when the temperature starts to plummet!
I’m not talking about a beach vacation where the sun is always warm and the cocktails are served by a Rico Suave look-a-like. My solution offers the same therapeutic benefits minus the sunburn and hangover. I’m talking about Bikram yoga- an intense workout to keep mind and body connected as one.
Commonly known as ‘hot yoga’, Bikram Choudhury popularized this vigorous session in the 1970s. It is comprised of 26 poses and two breathing exercises practiced in a sizzling 105 degrees for 90 minutes!
Choudhury is strict about his art and practice being passed on correctly.
He offers a nine-week in-depth training program for potential instructors, including classes in anatomy, nutrition, posture and proper alignment. Students must also partake in two Bikram yoga classes a day- that’s three hours of Bikram.
Our very own UMKC Roo, Suzzy Lasker, has completed Bikram Choudhury’s nine week training session and is an instructor at Kansas City Bikram Yoga, 910 39th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lasker keeps her students motivated during the 90-minute sweat session by quoting Choudhury himself.
“Bengal tiger strength! English bulldog determination!” She shouts as the class holds their Standing Bow pose in the 105 degree heat.
“All you need is an open mind and a good attitude,” Lasker explained. “This series is designed for all levels of fitness. Anyone can do it no matter how old or sick!”
Her motivating words inspired me to give it a try.
With a hearty dance background and fitness always a main priority in my life, I expected Bikram yoga to be a piece of cake. Boy, was I wrong!
From beginning to end the sweat dripped, my heart raced and muscles I didn’t even know I had shook. I left class astonished. I had never felt so many different sensations and emotions all at once: pain and exhaustion paired with a sense of accomplishment and peace.
I loved every minute of it.
Listen up, girls! According to Lasker, a 90-minute Bikram class burns up to 1,000 calories! Say hello to those skinny jeans, ladies!
The caloric burn is not the only wonderful benefit Bikram has to offer. The 105 degree heat flushes toxins, restores ligaments and tissues, allows relaxation and increases energy!
In order for your Bikram experience to be the very best, it’s recommended you stay hydrated through the day as well as bring a water bottle to class.
Also, don’t forget your yoga mat and towel. Lasker’s main request is to bring your smile. Without a positive attitude and open mind you won’t experience what Bikram has to offer!
If you’re interested in giving this great workout a try, Kansas City Bikram Yoga offers new student specials and discounts with a college ID.
Be open to a change, reap the benefits and become a healthy happier you. Experience Bikram yoga.