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Toga! Turns To Yoga!
As you may or may not know, I’ve been practicing Bikram Yoga this week for the first time in my life. Yeah, me. The guy who looks more like Belushi (one of my college nicknames) than a yogi.
My only prior experience with yoga came from Tony Horton and P90X. I was familiar with some of the poses, but I can honestly say that Bikram yoga is one of the most intensely challenging things I’ve ever done.
It took a lot of my courage to enter the studio. It took slightly more courage for me to enter the hot room. It took even more courage for me to come back yesterday for my second practice of the week, and even moreso to do it shirtless in a room full of lithe twenty-something ladies, bodybuilders and old, loveable hippies.
It is hard as hell. Just acclimating to the hot room can be a challenge. Not being a mouth-breather is a challenge. Learning not to cheat the pose is a challenge. Learning not to hold my breath when I’m fully exerting myself is a challenge. Learning when I need to control my breath and my heart rate when I can feel my heart beating in my eyeballs is a challenge.
BUT I can honestly say that it is all worth it. There is no better feeling than the final savasana, soaking in all of the benefits of the effort that I just gave for the past 90 minutes, recognizing that my fears and anxiety have melted away. It is at that point when I am at my happiest, my most peaceful.
Can I always lock my knee, grasp my heels, touch my head to my leg? Absolutely not. Does my gut make it difficult to get deep into certain poses? Yup. Can I consistently practice, give my best effort and enjoy the benefits? Absolutely.

Toga! Turns To Yoga!

As you may or may not know, I’ve been practicing Bikram Yoga this week for the first time in my life. Yeah, me. The guy who looks more like Belushi (one of my college nicknames) than a yogi.

My only prior experience with yoga came from Tony Horton and P90X. I was familiar with some of the poses, but I can honestly say that Bikram yoga is one of the most intensely challenging things I’ve ever done.

It took a lot of my courage to enter the studio. It took slightly more courage for me to enter the hot room. It took even more courage for me to come back yesterday for my second practice of the week, and even moreso to do it shirtless in a room full of lithe twenty-something ladies, bodybuilders and old, loveable hippies.

It is hard as hell. Just acclimating to the hot room can be a challenge. Not being a mouth-breather is a challenge. Learning not to cheat the pose is a challenge. Learning not to hold my breath when I’m fully exerting myself is a challenge. Learning when I need to control my breath and my heart rate when I can feel my heart beating in my eyeballs is a challenge.

BUT I can honestly say that it is all worth it. There is no better feeling than the final savasana, soaking in all of the benefits of the effort that I just gave for the past 90 minutes, recognizing that my fears and anxiety have melted away. It is at that point when I am at my happiest, my most peaceful.

Can I always lock my knee, grasp my heels, touch my head to my leg? Absolutely not. Does my gut make it difficult to get deep into certain poses? Yup. Can I consistently practice, give my best effort and enjoy the benefits? Absolutely.

  1. therealityofafatme said: Niiice.
  2. amyrunsamok said: I’m a yoga convert. Hot vinyasa, which is a flow of poses in a heated room, is my favorite and I was able to find some 1 hours classes which are a little less intimating than 90 mins. Don’t fear the heat, people!
  3. blissmanifesto said: youtube[.]com/watch?v=9OiyYhEYT0I Check out Eric Schiffman there. Looks like a barrel with limbs. Very famous teacher. Also: you should never be locking your knees, WTH kind of teacher tells you to do that?!
  4. tinkerbellrun said: I’m ok with yoga, but to do anything in a hot room would be the end of me. Doing physical activities in heat makes me nauseous and I feel like I’m about to pass out. I’m so proud of you for getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new!
  5. choose2dolife said: So awesome! I make C do yoga with me tues/thurs. men need it
  6. regainingmymoxy said: Ugh!! My body aches and I have been thinking about yoga and now everyone keeps posting about yoga. Jerks (said in a nice loving way)
  7. thisfearlesslife said: I agree with EVERYTHING you said. My first time was last week, and I’ve been 4 times since. I love it, and I can’t believe I waited this long to try it.
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