Bikram Yoga Support Thread

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    Jun 12, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    I have been searching around the forums to find material from people who practice Bikram Yoga but I have found very little information. I think I am fairly motivated to continue the practice, but I am looking for some confirmation of other people who have had good results with Bikram.

    I would love to hear from you if you practice Bikram yoga, what do you think of it, how it has affected you, what keeps you motivated and make you keep going, any hints for fellow yogis.

    I have been practicing since last 6 months. I have gone from anything between 2 times a week to 5 times. I almost gave up twice.

    Namaste!
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    Jun 13, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    I went once. I liked the movement, the positions, and the heat.

    I was disgusted by the smell of people who did not wash, who must have eaten onions and garlic that day or the day before, who must have been detoxing from alcohol, who farted, and who had b.o.

    I'd go again if I could find a place that didn't have such skanky denizens.

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    Jun 13, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
    I am sacrificing a lot of benefits at other studios just so that I can go to the one that does not stink. Yeah, you can find a studio which does not stink and is big enough so that you dont end up in other person's odor zone.


    Try to stay in the front row. Hot chicks try to invade this row. They would die before they fart or let their body/costumes stink.
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    Oct 23, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    Damn, I just came from a session recently, first time I ever tried it. Intense stuff. I could fill a bucket with sweat. Feeling like a new man. To be honest, though, I don't think I want to get into it, because I don't want to do it regularly, rather just work out. (no time for both and school)
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    Oct 23, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidI went once. I liked the movement, the positions, and the heat.

    I was disgusted by the smell of people who did not wash, who must have eaten onions and garlic that day or the day before, who must have been detoxing from alcohol, who farted, and who had b.o.

    I'd go again if I could find a place that didn't have such skanky denizens.



    Same. The smell really made it difficult.
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    Oct 23, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    Advaya saidTry to stay in the front row. Hot chicks try to invade this row. They would die before they fart or let their body/costumes stink.


    LOL.

    This made me laugh for some reason. Probably because it's true.
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    Oct 23, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    I did maybe half a dozen sessions in a couple of very nice studios. I enjoyed it for a while, especially the HEAT and sweating.

    By the end of practice I would feel quite renewed and invigorated.

    But I quickly got tired of the exact same routine over and over.

    I realize some people see this as a great benefit of Bikram, but I prefer a practice that changes or adapts to different energies on different days.


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    Mar 09, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    I've been practising since last May. I absolutely love it. You get used to the heat, and if you are properly hydrated, you'll be fine.
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    Mar 09, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    I tried Bikram Yoga in London because they offered a cheap £25 for 30 classes deal for signing up, and I was curious and lived locally.

    Soon after, I progressed to the point where I was ready for the *invitation only* advanced classes. These were interesting but few and far between. They were held in various studios dotted around London, so I stopped going, thinking that this discipline would not allow me to reach my full potential so easily, and so I reverted to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes for a while.

    That said, it was really good at the time, and my fitness improved rapidly over the period that I had attended classes.
  • Puppy80

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    Mar 10, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    I went one with my bf when he was visiting here. He has been going a lot and continues to do so and asked if I would join in. At first I was apprehensive because of the heat. I tend to get dehydrated and migraines from that, but decided to go for it.

    The studio was quite large which was nice, but the floor was carpeted and I think that was helping to hold this horrific stinky feet smell. Once you learn to block the smell from your mind it wasn't so bad. Having never done yoga before I relied on watching the people infront of me for the correct movements. I did find myself having to lay down quite a bit from the heat even with drinking a lot of water. I was just happy I made it through the whole class without leaving. The bonus, aside from feeling relaxed after was the hunky guys in shorts.

    My boyfriend loves it. He goes at least 5 times a week, and says it has improved his flexibility greatly.
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    Mar 11, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    Puppy80 saidI went one with my bf when he was visiting here. He has been going a lot and continues to do so and asked if I would join in. At first I was apprehensive because of the heat. I tend to get dehydrated and migraines from that, but decided to go for it.

    The studio was quite large which was nice, but the floor was carpeted and I think that was helping to hold this horrific stinky feet smell. Once you learn to block the smell from your mind it wasn't so bad. Having never done yoga before I relied on watching the people infront of me for the correct movements. I did find myself having to lay down quite a bit from the heat even with drinking a lot of water. I was just happy I made it through the whole class without leaving. The bonus, aside from feeling relaxed after was the hunky guys in shorts.

    My boyfriend loves it. He goes at least 5 times a week, and says it has improved his flexibility greatly.


    Good for you for staying the whole 90 mins. That's the goal in the first class. icon_smile.gif
    Its very rare for me to smell anything bad. As long as the studio cleans throughout the day, its fine.

    Yoga has helped me in so many ways. You go in wanting something out of it, and you get so much more that you thought you would icon_smile.gif
  • Puppymuncher

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    Mar 11, 2013 4:46 PM GMT
    Love it. It's a challenge every time and I don't mind the smells. Either because my sense of smell is pretty bad or the other people just don't stink that much, w/e.

    Afterwards I just feel SO CLEAN and as if my pores are open. It feels very blissful. Unfortunately I barely have time for the gym nowadays, and bulking and getting more definition is more important to me than flexibility so... I haven't gone for bikram yoga in over a year now.

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    Mar 11, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    Bikram is 'pop-yoga' - People tend to confuse dehydration with euphoria from the yoga

    Gave it a try and really tried to like it, but after a half dozen sessions I realized it did nothing for me and was not challenging after the poses were mastered. I prefer yoga that changes and adjusts the practice each time.

    Repetitive routines only work muscle memory. If you enjoy the heat aspect of Bikram I'd suggest you try out another hot yoga class without the brand name
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    Mar 13, 2013 6:11 AM GMT
    Hotspringr said

    Gave it a try and really tried to like it, but after a half dozen sessions I realized it did nothing for me and was not challenging after the poses were mastered. I prefer yoga that changes and adjusts the practice each time.



    You mastered the poses after only 6 classes? Really? That must be a hyperbole, because that isn't possible.