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Posted on Mar 31, 2011 in Food, Working Out | 14 comments

Hello Bikram

If you were following any of my tweets from yesterday evening, you would know that I went to my first Bikram (hot) yoga class last night! Amanda and I ventured out to Bikram Yoga Reston for her to cash in on her LivingSocial deal and for me to learn what it’s like to slowly sweat yourself to death.

Before (ignore the nerps, haha – for how hot the yoga room was, the changing room was surprisingly chilly!):

After:

Can you see the sweat marks on my shirt, haha? Super attractive, I know. Holy balls, I was not prepared for how hot it was in that room. It probably didn’t help that the class session we went to was one of their most crowded (6 PM) according to them. I definitely understand why half the people in there were dressed in yoga shorts and their sports bras (or, in the case of the 4 men attending, speedos. Hahahahaha.) It was rough.

You should all be very proud to learn that I did NOT leave the 104-degree room at any point during the 90 minute class! That was what our instructor said should be the only goal for first-timers. So I’m happy to report I at least made it that far. I did, however, spend about 50% of the class sitting down or in corpse pose. I felt really lightheaded for most of the time I was in there, but I’ve heard that happens when you first start. I didn’t actually faint, though, and I didn’t feel nauseous which I take as a positive sign!

Amanda did awesomely, she pretty much did every pose at least once (they do each posture twice) and rocked it out. And like I said, despite my mental knowledge of how hot that frackin’ room is, I wasn’t really prepared. So at least now I’ll definitely be ahead of the game for next time.

Yes, that’s right, I do believe there will be a next time. I want to actually be able to attempt the majority of the positions! Plus, both Amanda and I agreed that we felt pretty awesome after we left (and y’know, cooooooled down.) It was very invigorating, and I felt very, I dunno, clean after we got outta there. Which is counter-intuitive since you’re in a crowded room with a bajillion super sweaty people (the guy next to me was clearly a Bikram pro – he was supah flexible and sweating BUCKETS, hahaha.)

So, final verdict says: everyone I talked to was right. It is slightly torturous to get through (it’s like working out in a sauna) but the feeling afterward is totally worth it.

What is NOT worth it? Wrenching my left knee out of its socket while I’m laying in bed, screaming out in immense pain, popping it back in and still having it bother me this morning. Boo-urns. 🙁 Oh well, hopefully it won’t last long… onto happier things, like food!

Totally starving after yoga last night (you’re not supposed to eat 2-3 beforehand), Panda and I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up some grub:

As usual, my eyes were bigger than my stomach, so I filled up my bowl with quinoa, spicy sesame noodles, vegan beef & broccoli (was v. excited to see this), roasted corn, green beans, and some fruit. I ate a good deal of it, and had some strawbs I previously had at home on the side:

I also picked up this little guy while we were at the store… hehehehe:

Hey, I figured I deserved a treat after putting myself through hot yoga, right?

O.M.F.G.

Amazing.

I did limit myself to that ONE spoonful, so be very proud. But seriously. For a girl who already loves her some coconut… coconut mint chip ice cream!? Heaven. And it’s soooooo creamy… Ohhhh man. May or may not be drooling into my cereal thinking about it now.

Speaking of cereal…

Breakfast this morning is a serving of Kashi Organic Promise Strawberry Fields cereal (like organic Special K Red Berries – my fav.) beefed up with a tablespoon of milled flaxseed and a few more of my mutant strawberries from Trader Joe’s.

Creepy, right? There were seriously FOUR giant mutated strawbs in this box. Tasted great though, hehe.

Served with the last remnants of my favorite almond milk. Nomnomnom. Muy delicioso breakfast-o, for under 300 calories! Whaaaat?! 🙂

Are any of you Bikram yoga devotees? What was your first-time experience like? If you aren’t, are you inclined to see what it’s all about? Or maybe you’ve tried it and never gone back? I wanna hear all about it!

14 Comments

  1. I’ve always wanted to try hot yoga! I meant to go last year when they were offering free classes but I never got around to it and then it stopped sounding so appealing bc of the conditions of the room! Good job for getting through it though!

  2. I’m proud you went and stayed through the whole thing! The only time I’ve tried anything remotely like it was a “warm” yoga session where the room was in the mid-80’s the whole time (obviously not nearly as hot as yours!) but it was great.
    I totally dislocated my knee a couple months ago- just keep an eye on swelling, you can ice it. Also take some advil. It should probably feel a little “loose” for awhile, but keep walking on it and stuff and it should be ok.

  3. I’ve never tried Bikram but I’ve heard it is super intense! I’d love to try it at some point.

    That strawberry is hilarious!!! I love crazy produce!

  4. so proud of you! it is totally intense! i went once and fogged up the car when i was driving home….isn’t the coconut ice cream to DIE for?! i can’t believe you only had one spoon, you’re incredible!

  5. Diana did Bikram Yoga a few times this year and I’ve heard good things. I smiled when you said “corpse pose”!

    Good for you for staying in the room the WHOLE time and not staring at the men in speedos! I’ve tried soy ice cream but never coconut ice cream. I think I’ll be trying that out soon! 🙂

    Your meal looks delicious! I had a similar looking strawberry earlier last week and I looked at it for a good 20 seconds!

  6. Definitely interested in trying Bikram yoga, although I’ll admit that I might need a friend to drag me someday for motivation and courage. One of my friends does it on a regular basis and she went from a little chubby to very toned. She also says that she feels great after every session. If only I wasn’t such a whimp!

    I WANT THAT ICE CREAM!

  7. Coconut milk mint chocolate chip ice cream? I may need to try this being that I am lactose intolerant and so far the only lactose free ice cream i’ve found is vanilla (which is fine cuz I love vanilla)!

  8. Had so much fun at yoga with you!! Glad neither of us passed out 🙂

  9. Tried hot yoga in january. I would keep on attending but the membership fee is just ridiculous in NYC. LOVED the experience though. The first time was rough on me because I don’t usually drink water so I got dehydrated super quick. Thankfully, I learned from my mistakes and the rest of the times I’ve attended a class it was smooth sailing.

    Not gonna lie, I giggle every time some old man comes into the class wearing only speedos. Kudos to him. That’s self confidence I’ll never get.

  10. OMG I LOVE BIKRAM YOGA! I’ve been doing it for the past 6 weeks cause I found an awesome deal on Groupon — $25 for 10 classes — and now I’m HOOKED!! I was actually going to suggest Bikram to you, but I guess I never did!

    Even though I just attended my 8th class yesterday, I’ve noticed significant improvements. During my first class I could barely stand on one leg for more than 3 seconds, and now I’m actually able to hold through the entire pose! And I did a full floating lotus pose the other day! I was so proud of myself. I’m on my last 2 classes this week, and I’m definitely going back for more.

    It’s super expensive but I think it’s totally worth it! I’ve never gotten a workout like this in my life and it feels amazing!

    Speaking of old men.. there was an old guy coming out from the class before me last night dripping sweat and his crack was totally showing. Nottt cute. I’m fine with old men in speedos, but old men in khaki-colored shorts that turn see through after they’re drenched in sweat is no fun at all 🙁

    Keep up with it!! Your body will start feeling so amazing and you’ll see the physical differences too since you sweat buckets every class 🙂

    • Hahahaha, ewwww. Luckily there wasn’t anyone in my class with the see-through shorts syndrome, but man-oh-man the guy next to me was a sweat MACHINE. Not deterring me from going back though, no worries. For being in a room with a ton of sweaty people, I felt amazingly clean and detoxified afterward!

  11. Hi girl!

    Okay, I never comment which is a problem. However, ever since we met at Laura’s house, I have been following your blog via my iPhone reader. I’ve been so bad at commenting nowadays and there is no excuse! 🙁 Anyways, I HAD to comment today because I’ve been an avid Bikram yogi since October and just finished my 60-day challenge. I LOVE the Reston studio! I will frequently practice there when I visit my bf on the weekends. I am always looking for someone to go with me!!!! In fact, I have some free classes I need to use at the Ashburn studio… so, maybe next time I’m in town you can join me? 🙂 Let me know! It definitely gets easier with the heat. Recently, I’ve been craving the heat… even if it’s hot, it may not be hot enough kinda thing. It’s crazy how my perception has changed of Bikram! Anyways, just wanted to say HI and that you rock. xo

    • I read on your blog about your 60-day challenge, which is SO amazing! I’m so impressed. I’d love to go to another class for sure – even though I couldn’t handle doing all the poses while I was adjust to the heat, I felt so… detoxified afterward! And maybe going with a seasoned yogi like you would give me a good handle on things, too (though you can’t judge me if I spend half the class in corpse pose again, haha!) 🙂 So let me know the next time you’re coming into town!

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