Bikram Yoga Sweat Sesh

Holy cannoli. And yes, I have dessert on the brain right now!

This week has been completely insane so yesterday happened to be the first day I literally had time for a workout. I did a quick run on the treadmill in the morning, but I saved up some energy for the evening. You know why?

I took my first Bikram yoga class last night!

Well, let me preface that: it wasn’t my first class ever, but it was my first Bikram class in a few years. To me, that’s about the same.

For those of you that have never taken Bikram, it’s a form of hot yoga where the room is heated up to the toasty temp of 105 degrees with a humidity of 40% for the entire 90 minutes class. Yeah, seriously. And you wonder why my hair looked like this by the time I got out??

Anyway, it felt awesome to be back in the class, but I have to admit: I am kinda sorta miserable during these Bikram classes. Sweat is literally pouring from my body, I’m contorted into poses that make me feel nauseous, and my muscles are burning from the exertion. Good times, my friends, good times.

So why do I do it? Because after all that pain and suffering (yeah, I know, it’s just yoga!), I feel incredible.Β There is something addicting about the way I feel after a Bikram class: it’s like I’m relaxed, I’m calm, and I feel clean. I know that makes no sense because I’m literally covered in my own sweat, but just go with it.

And if you don’t quite believe me about the whole sweating thing? Check this out:

If you’ve ever heard of View Sport, you’ll know that their tanks have “secret” messages that appear when you sweat. Since the front of this shirt says “I am BEAST MODE,” the company designed the back so that the secret sweat message says “I am beast.” However, I have only been able to get the message to partially show up and that was when I was running outside in Hawaii in 4 million degree temps.

Apparently, Bikram yoga put Hawaii to shame. I am full on BEAST! πŸ™‚

Sidenote: The best part of the entire yoga class was when a woman in the back row fell out of a pose, stumbled, and fell into a trash can. Like, literally, her left foot went into the trash can and she fell over. Now, I know it’s not funny and I did a good job of keeping it together…. until she started laughing herself. Once she did that, I lost all control and about died!

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Do you take yoga?

Have you ever taken a Bikram class or do you avoid the hot yoga thing?

What are you up to this weekend?
I’m exciting, I know: girls night tonight consisting of the gym and sushi followed by an exhilarating weekend of thesis writing!

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Bikram Yoga Sweat Sesh

Holy cannoli. And yes, I have dessert on the brain right now!

This week has been completely insane so yesterday happened to be the first day I literally had time for a workout. I did a quick run on the treadmill in the morning, but I saved up some energy for the evening. You know why?

I took my first Bikram yoga class last night!

Well, let me preface that: it wasn’t my first class ever, but it was my first Bikram class in a few years. To me, that’s about the same.

For those of you that have never taken Bikram, it’s a form of hot yoga where the room is heated up to the toasty temp of 105 degrees with a humidity of 40% for the entire 90 minutes class. Yeah, seriously. And you wonder why my hair looked like this by the time I got out??

Anyway, it felt awesome to be back in the class, but I have to admit: I am kinda sorta miserable during these Bikram classes. Sweat is literally pouring from my body, I’m contorted into poses that make me feel nauseous, and my muscles are burning from the exertion. Good times, my friends, good times.

So why do I do it? Because after all that pain and suffering (yeah, I know, it’s just yoga!), I feel incredible.Β There is something addicting about the way I feel after a Bikram class: it’s like I’m relaxed, I’m calm, and I feel clean. I know that makes no sense because I’m literally covered in my own sweat, but just go with it.

And if you don’t quite believe me about the whole sweating thing? Check this out:

If you’ve ever heard of View Sport, you’ll know that their tanks have “secret” messages that appear when you sweat. Since the front of this shirt says “I am BEAST MODE,” the company designed the back so that the secret sweat message says “I am beast.” However, I have only been able to get the message to partially show up and that was when I was running outside in Hawaii in 4 million degree temps.

Apparently, Bikram yoga put Hawaii to shame. I am full on BEAST! πŸ™‚

Sidenote: The best part of the entire yoga class was when a woman in the back row fell out of a pose, stumbled, and fell into a trash can. Like, literally, her left foot went into the trash can and she fell over. Now, I know it’s not funny and I did a good job of keeping it together…. until she started laughing herself. Once she did that, I lost all control and about died!

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Do you take yoga?

Have you ever taken a Bikram class or do you avoid the hot yoga thing?

What are you up to this weekend?
I’m exciting, I know: girls night tonight consisting of the gym and sushi followed by an exhilarating weekend of thesis writing!

29 Comments

  • Reply Bean at

    I am pretty sure I would pass out and fall on my face if I tried this. You are a beast for doing Bikram!

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      Our instructor kept telling us it was okay to pass out– she said she did just that morning doing an advanced pose that constricted her breathing too much. I was like….um. No thank you.

  • Reply Kristy@RunTheLongRoad at

    I have a hard time trying not to laugh when people trip, fall, etc. I would have not been able to control my laughter! I have never tried Bikram. I have to admit I’m a little scared of it!

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      I am the EXACT same way! I’ve learned to reel it in in case there are injuries, but once she started laughing and we knew she was fine, I was out of control. Every focuses so much on the poses that when a fall happens, it’s a GOOD one!

  • Reply Lauren at

    I have yet to take a hot yoga class- but it’s on my list of goals to accomplish this year! The biggest problem is that they are offered around here the same time that I teach spin class on the weekends. But, I have spring break coming up, and lots of days off…
    and you ARE a beast!

    I would have started laughing uncontrollably at the trash can incident!!!

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      I think it’s definitely worth a try. I find it easier to get myself to CorePower because although it is heated, it is significantly cooler than 105, so it makes the thought more palatable, especially in the summer.

      BUT, it’s a good workout! According to my hr monitor (which yes, I wore to yoga!) I burned almost 600 calories1

  • Reply Linda W. at

    Looks like a good class. Yoga is really something I need to do.

    We have snow in our mountains, so I’m off to ski it this weekened (woo-hoo!)

  • Reply clare @ fittingitallin at

    1. COOL TANK
    2. I LOVE LOVE Bikram and went for two years religiously, but recently stopped due to starting the Live Fit trainer. I’ve been trying out some other types of yoga at my gym and don’t know if I’m ready to start paying for Bikram again…

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      That is my exact problem with Bikram, and CorePower too. I really love the classes but they are so dang expensive, especially when paired with a regular gym membership. Luckily, I got this Bikram groupon last week for 5 classes for $29. I was willing to do that πŸ™‚

  • Reply Suz and Allan at

    I love those tanks! Those sounds soooo hot! I swear in the middle of the summer that’s what the weather feels like here though.

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      Thanks! ViewSports has another one that is pink that says “unlimited potential” on the front with the back message being “chase me.” I like that one, too πŸ™‚ If you follow them on Twitter, their media person is always offering 20% off deals!

  • Reply Ed at

    I do take some yoga when I can…however I have shied away from DVDs to now going to classes. Haven’t been to a class in a bit do to being in alaska but it is what it is…

    Never done the bikram yoga because, well I sweat almost as much as a celebrity on dr. drew. So I just stick to normal climate yoga….

    Wow you have work planned in your weekend and it is still more interesting in mine…recently had a friend show me a few new songs on the bass guitar, so may jam a little bit (that is actually funny since I just started learning, makes me feel cool though lol)

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      Yeah, I pretty much have no life until August when I graduate and when I do get to play, I have to “schedule it in!”

      I don’t do well with yoga dvd’s either. I just won’t do them! I much rather prefer to go to a class!

  • Reply Jamie at

    I’ve never tried yoga, but I hope to someday!

    I would love a tank top like that! Awesome πŸ™‚

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      You should definitely check out ViewSport! They have lots of cute ones (like the pink one I mentioned above) and this other one that says “Nobody ever drowned in their own sweat” which would be perfect for Bikram! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Julie at

    Yep…your a beast. I just can’t imagine doing hot yoga….I sweat when I run out side in freezing temps…I would die…

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      The heat takes some getting used to and I don’t think I can do it in the summer, but my body definitely feels detoxed afterwards.

  • Reply Cami & Zach at

    I’ve done bikram a few times at Boulder Bikram and every time it kicks my butt! It feels so great though!

  • Reply Kara at

    One time in yoga class we were holding downward dog and there was a beetle crawling toward my hand and I lost my shit. Luckily, everyone laughed. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      Hahahaha, I probably would’ve lost it giggling too πŸ™‚ I cannot handle when people fall over and stuff– it kills me! Maybe I’m a bad person…

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    I have a ViewSport shirt too and even after 1 hr on the bike trainer indoors I have yet to see the words. Guess I need to head to Bikram πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Heidi Nicole at

    I’m not a huge fan of yoga but I’ve never done birkam – maybe some day I’ll give it a try. My issue is I’m not nearly coordinated enough to do the poses…basically, I’d be the girl in a trash can!

    I really like the idea of ViewSport shirts and have my eye on the “Chase Me” tank but I’m pretty sure I’d never get it to show up…unless I wore it for a race and dumped water down my back! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal at

      I’m finding it more and more important to at least do one yoga session per week when I’m running higher mileage. Seems to keeps the aches and pains away πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kathy at

    That shirt is fabulous!!!
    I don’t do heat well, I’m an Iyengar girl!

  • Reply Alyssa at

    Bikram DESTROYS me, but I love the feeling afterwards, like you. I would have lost it if that happened in class, and the weirdo cult yoginis would have yelled at me.

  • Reply Jill at

    I’ve never been to Bikram but hear it’s a really difficult workout (and anything difficult must be good for you, right? :)). I do Pilates more than yoga, it seems to work my tight hamstrings better. But I’d think yoga would be really helpful for runners too.

    The top is really cute :).

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