Monsoon season is coming, but don’t let the gloomy days affect your mood or the outlook on your day. A Bikram Yoga class with Hot Yo is the perfect way to brighten your day and bring the attention back to yourself, your body and your mind. At least this is what happened when we sun saluted in the 40-degree celsius studio early Sunday morning in Sri Hartamas.
As the class began, the heat really worked on our muscles, melting away any tension and stress we were unknowingly holding onto. All that was left to work with as we began to flow was the stretch of my spine and the quiet state of mind we were in. Bikram yoga has a set sequence of asanas (poses) that can be quite challenging in the given heat. But the instructor knows when to push and when to give the right sort of encouragement to keep you going.
Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated, and utilise the big white towel the studio provides!
Trust me, you’ll be sweating buckets working that hard for about 60-90 minutes depending on the class.
For a Bikram first timers, you might feel a bit dizzy at some point, so be sure to take your own pace and focus on pushing your mind to be strong beside your body. It is a practice of trust, patience, and letting go:
Trust your instructor’s instructions, be patient with your progress and let go of your expectations.
To the best of your ability, try to your keep the focus on keeping your breathing normal, no matter how challenging it is during a pose hold. Pushing ourselves beyond our limits requires first to identify where our limit exists.
Often pain exists more in our mind than in actual reality. Tightness, strength or power can be pushed through with the simplicity of breath and the confidence in our abilities.
The 90-minute hot yoga practice was more like a journey than a workout. A journey within, a journey of breaking through limits. Limits that we unintentionally allowed into our lives that dominates certain fears in us. This class not only melted my muscles, it has melted my tension, and most importantly my stress for the rest of the week. I can only imagine the benefits of regular practice.