In an effort to finally reach my goal of toning and strengthening every skeletal muscle in my body, I have embraced yoga. Now, it’s not the new-age chanting lifestyle; it’s mastering poses. I use this book which is amazing – it’s in English, not Sanskirt, and it focuses on yoga as an exercise, not a religion. It’s perfect. I even downloaded an interval app on my phone to set reps…..so I hold the pose for 20 seconds and do the postures for 10-15 minutes. I have some serious arm muscle going on and the ever-so-slight ab definition. I have also made strides on poses I couldn’t do at first — some of them I have mastered, others I am well on my way to conquering!
The motto for my life is the same as Monty Python’s: “And now for something completely different.” I decided to take a class in Bikram Yoga. This is also known as “hot yoga.” It’s done in a room that’s kept at 105°F (41°C). It felt like heaven to me, especially after this cold snap. It was very challenging as well as calming. I sat our for a few poses — some where too advanced for me. Oh, and you sweat buckets. Seriously. I was drenched! This is not the exercise for the unhydrated; I drank extra water every moment I could at work to prep for it. I lost a lot more water than I thought I would…..I actually stopped sweating toward the end of class, which is not good. One has to be careful of hyperthermia and hyponatremia.
I wasn’t in any pain after class, it was more of muscle fatigue. I hurt 2 days later as the lactic acid settled and that was it. While I do not have the energy or the drive to make this a several times a week habit as one lady I met there – but I will go back for a class here and there. What I loved about this class were the people. Some of them were very experienced, as seen by their rock-hard bodies and expert moves, but there were a lot of newbies and people in the middle like me. The woman who befriended me was, medically speaking, severely obese — she was on a weight loss challenge for herself and she fell in love with hot yoga. She did some of the poses better than I did! Major kudos to her for getting out there and owning it! Old, young, out of shape, more in shape than I will ever be in this lifetime – it was a cross section of society in there. Amazing.
Here’s to new experiences!