Yesterday evening I used a Groupon voucher I had bought for a course of 10 Bikram yoga sessions at Bikram in the Lanes. They are a hot yoga studio in the centre of Brighton, offering classes from 7am to 7pm for up to 30 people at a time.
It's called hot yoga because the room is heated up to 42 degress celcius, and is kept humid. Wow that's hot I hear you cry, and let me tell you, it certainly is. I'd always wanted to have a go at hot yoga because I quite enjoy a good detox in the steam room and I like yoga, so combining the two sounding pretty interesting. I was a bit chicken and asked a friend to come to the first class with me. I'm glad I did, as when we got there it seemed like everyone there was a relentless yoga goer as they were all rushing around in very small hot pants and crop tops and the men were in swimming trunks and speedos!
When we arrived at the class, the teacher was lovely. She kept the pace really well and didn't leave the beginners behind. It took us a while to get over the heat of the room before trying to get our head round the exercises. The heat really is intense, and I started to sweat after a few minutes.
After 30 minutes of stretches we were allowed to have a couple of sips of water and stand still for 30seconds. Then we were asked to get onto the floor. I genuinely thought this was the relaxation part (the end) of the class as we were both exhausted and very sweaty. But it was the start of the floor exercises which were even more intense.
As we got into our floor routine, any self consciousness or paranoia I had about sweat patches went completely out of the window. Everyone in the room was literally dripping from every pore, including the teacher. During a few of the poses sweat ran up my nose and in my eyes and a couple of times in the mouth - bleurgh. But it did feel good to be detoxing so much. I did have a wobbly moment when I thought I might faint but we'd already been told what to do when this happened so I wasn't worried and just rested.
By the end of the class I felt a lot more in tune with my body, like we had been through a lot together. My mind was very relaxed and almost meditative. Having a shower after the class was the best feeling ever! I felt a massive sense of achievement having just been through a 90 minute endurance test! Both my friend and I had a lot of energy after the class and even felt like exercising some more! (We had thai food instead)
I'm looking forward to going back but I'm not going to rush through the course; I think once a fortnight will be enough although it's recommended that you go everyday!!
PS. This isn't a sponsored post, I've written about it because it was an unusual experience and might help others decide if hot yoga is for them.
Brighton C x