A month or so ago, a friend told me about Groupon, the website that sends you a new incredible deal on restaurants, spa services, gyms, really a variety of different businesses in your city every day. They are always amazing discounts.
One such deal recently was a month unlimited membership to a bikram yoga studio. I love yoga, but studio memberships are expensive. So I immediately clicked the buy button.
This weekend, I finally started my membership. I'm a bikram yoga newbie. I knew it was hot yoga, or yoga practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees. Yes. 105 degrees. I know. I'm nuts. Something about the heat and relaxing your muscles, detoxing your body, blah blah blah.
It's the basic postures in yoga. But that doesn't matter. You do them in a room that's 105 degrees.
Saturday morning, I walk into the studio, fill out the profile and after dropping my bag off in the changing room, I walk into that heated room. It is not long after I get settled with my mat, towels and water that I start to sweat. The room smells like Cooper or any dog does when he comes in from spending 30 minutes in the backyard during the hottest part of the day. Sweat.
It didn't take long for me to feel the effects of that hot room. But somehow, by some miracle, I made it through. There was not a dry spot on my body I was so soaked with sweat. And then I went back on Sunday. Because I'm crazy. Actually they say to take another class within 24 hours of your first one. Something about it being good for the soreness you feel. I don't know about that. My body is still sore.
But I do know I feel very invigorated, and my body feels stronger. Well, it does now. After class I'm so wiped and have nothing left that it takes what very little energy I can manage to find to get into my car and drive home.
I haven't decided if this is something I want to do past this month but I am going to enjoy breaking up my usual workout routine.