Bikram Yoga ... aka Hot Yoga

  • Puppy80

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    Aug 25, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    So for a few months now I have been doing Bikram Yoga since my guy got me into it. I have to say it took a few classes before I got into the groove of wanting to go. It's 105° and humid for 90 minutes! I have just recently passed two goals. I have done my 50th class and I have done a 6AM class.

    I have two more personal goals to go. I want to try for two classes in one day, and then do a back to back class and sweat my ass off!

    Are there any hot yogis out there on RJ ?
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    Aug 26, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    Right here. I started in '94 and have been part of a number of Yoga classes: Bikram, Ashtanga & Vinyasa are my favorites. Congrats on making your 50th class!
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    Aug 26, 2013 1:49 AM GMT
    I've been practicing Bikram for over a year now. I go about 4-5 times a week. I love it. Congrats on your milestone icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 26, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    How often do you do it, Puppy? i do it sporadically. The first time was hellish. I always feel incredible afterwards. But usually will go with a normal temperature stretching routine, i don't personally feel the need to subject my body to that constantly. Good for you though!
  • Puppy80

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    Aug 26, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    IRFire66 saidHow often do you do it, Puppy? i do it sporadically. The first time was hellish. I always feel incredible afterwards. But usually will go with a normal temperature stretching routine, i don't personally feel the need to subject my body to that constantly. Good for you though!


    I am going about 5 times a week. Usually Tues, Thurs, Friday, Saturday Sunday
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    Aug 27, 2013 1:49 AM GMT
    Isn't Bikram the same routine every time? Doesn't it get boring?
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    Aug 27, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    Puppy80 saidSo for a few months now I have been doing Bikram Yoga since my guy got me into it. I have to say it took a few classes before I got into the groove of wanting to go. It's 105° and humid for 90 minutes! I have just recently passed two goals. I have done my 50th class and I have done a 6AM class.

    I have two more personal goals to go. I want to try for two classes in one day, and then do a back to back class and sweat my ass off!

    Are there any hot yogis out there on RJ ?



    Naked Vinyasa yoga is way more fun and hot.
  • Puppy80

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    Aug 28, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidIsn't Bikram the same routine every time? Doesn't it get boring?


    It is the same 26 postures every time. You would think it would get boring, but no, every time you push yourself a little further or hear something that makes you try it just a little different.
  • run26

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    Aug 28, 2013 6:44 PM GMT
    I've been wanting try bikram
    have a buddy who thinking is the thing ever (he's now moved back east)
    did check out a studio near where I live
    anyone in the vancouver area want to try it with me?
  • in_this_corne...

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    Aug 28, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    I went twice. The second time I threw up. Granted, I made it to the locker room (all the while the instructor strongly urging me to tough it out and stay in the room). They don't like when someone leaves the room. They say if you can't do the poses, just lay on your back and don't leave the room unless absolutely necessary.

    My problem was hydration (and the smell). It was a 6 a.m. class and I woke up about 30 minutes prior and downed a ton of water. Then for the first 30 minutes of class I just kept drinking water because I was not hydrated properly. Then the smell and my imagination got the best of me and...away I went.

    Even still, I felt really good later that day...I just haven't given it another chance since.

    The most off putting thing was the smell of the room. I don't know if things have changed, but the Bikram studio here had carpeted floors. While they said they cleaned the carpets every night, the stench of the carpet, sweat, feet, and bodies was something I couldn't overcome.
  • Puppy80

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    Aug 28, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    in_this_corner saidI went twice. The second time I threw up. Granted, I made it to the locker room (all the while the instructor strongly urging me to tough it out and stay in the room). They don't like when someone leaves the room. They say if you can't do the poses, just lay on your back and don't leave the room unless absolutely necessary.

    My problem was hydration (and the smell). It was a 6 a.m. class and I woke up about 30 minutes prior and downed a ton of water. Then for the first 30 minutes of class I just kept drinking water because I was not hydrated properly. Then the smell and my imagination got the best of me and...away I went.

    Even still, I felt really good later that day...I just haven't given it another chance since.

    The most off putting thing was the smell of the room. I don't know if things have changed, but the Bikram studio here had carpeted floors. While they said they cleaned the carpets every night, the stench of the carpet, sweat, feet, and bodies was something I couldn't overcome.


    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. Some of the things they do try to stress is not to eat for about 2 hours before hand, keep hydrated, but in your case pounding the water probably just compounded to upset your stomach.

    I think the smell is just something that you have to get over. I have been going so long now I do not even notice it. Though my first class I had try and not think about a smell. The more you fixate on it, the worse it becomes in your head and nose ;-)

    As for not leaving the room, there are two reasons they don't want you do that.
    First, if you leave, your body will just never adapt to the heat and will always have that flight response. There have been times where I wanted to bolt because I just couldn't take it, or pushed to hard, but I just sit or lie down till I am calm again. The second and more important reason is there usually isn't anyone outside of the hot room once a class starts. If you where to leave the room and faint somewhere, there is a good chance you could hurt yourself and no one would know until class was over. It's not that they are trying to be a dick and make you tough it out (only partly) but for your own safety.
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    Aug 29, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    Boy, sounds dangerous too... all that fainting, puking.... SIGN ME UP!! LOL.
  • Crepuscule

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    Sep 01, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    I'm occasionally doing one of the Bikram ripoffs, this one called Hot Mojo. My main problem is that I sweat so much it doesn't seem to matter just _how_ much fluids I drink afterwards, I _still_ get the Headacke from Hell. Do any of you guys have any suggestion just what to drink to stay on top of things?
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    Sep 01, 2013 3:59 PM GMT
    Crepuscule saidI'm occasionally doing one of the Bikram ripoffs, this one called Hot Mojo. My main problem is that I sweat so much it doesn't seem to matter just _how_ much fluids I drink afterwards, I _still_ get the Headacke from Hell. Do any of you guys have any suggestion just what to drink to stay on top of things?


    You need to keep hydrated throughout the day. Not just downing a ton of water before class. The more hydrated I keep myself during the day, the less I drink during class. Also, you need to replace electrolytes, as well. You can get that in a powder form, and in food that you can have after class.
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    Sep 01, 2013 4:02 PM GMT
    in_this_corner saidI went twice. The second time I threw up. Granted, I made it to the locker room (all the while the instructor strongly urging me to tough it out and stay in the room). They don't like when someone leaves the room. They say if you can't do the poses, just lay on your back and don't leave the room unless absolutely necessary.

    My problem was hydration (and the smell). It was a 6 a.m. class and I woke up about 30 minutes prior and downed a ton of water. Then for the first 30 minutes of class I just kept drinking water because I was not hydrated properly. Then the smell and my imagination got the best of me and...away I went.

    Even still, I felt really good later that day...I just haven't given it another chance since.

    The most off putting thing was the smell of the room. I don't know if things have changed, but the Bikram studio here had carpeted floors. While they said they cleaned the carpets every night, the stench of the carpet, sweat, feet, and bodies was something I couldn't overcome.


    The studio that I go to doesn't have the carpeted floor. I'm not sure of what exactly its made of, but its like a laminate. Its moped after every class. I know the carpet you speak of. Not my fav. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 01, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    run26 saidI've been wanting try bikram
    have a buddy who thinking is the thing ever (he's now moved back east)
    did check out a studio near where I live
    anyone in the vancouver area want to try it with me?


    I go here : http://www.bikramyogavancouver.com

    They have 3 different studios. They also do a couple other class types besides the usual. There's an Express Class that's 60 mins, and an intermediate class that has 40 asanas in 90 mins.
  • run26

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    Sep 03, 2013 1:32 PM GMT
    staticpulse said
    run26 saidI've been wanting try bikram
    have a buddy who thinking is the thing ever (he's now moved back east)
    did check out a studio near where I live
    anyone in the vancouver area want to try it with me?

    I go here : http://www.bikramyogavancouver.com

    They have 3 different studios. They also do a couple other class types besides the usual. There's an Express Class that's 60 mins, and an intermediate class that has 40 asanas in 90 mins.



    thanks for the info - its appreciated
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    Sep 03, 2013 2:10 PM GMT
    I try to go at least 2 times a week. I have to admit I look for excuses not to go, but feel so much better when I go on a regular basis. Namaste.
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    Sep 03, 2013 2:11 PM GMT
    There is a super hot guy at work here that does hot yoga and I have crush on him lol ..but to im too shy to ask him if I can join him for a workout I think he is gay / bi also but crush on him makes me shy what to do? I want to try both hot yoga and him lol
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    Sep 03, 2013 2:18 PM GMT
    yankeeswin saidThere is a super hot guy at work here that does hot yoga and I have crush on him lol ..but to im too shy to ask him if I can join him for a workout I think he is gay / bi also but crush on him makes me shy what to do? I want to try both hot yoga and him lol


    Just ask him where he practises. He'll probably invite you to go with him.
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    Sep 03, 2013 2:21 PM GMT

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  • run26

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    Sep 05, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
    yankeeswin saidThere is a super hot guy at work here that does hot yoga and I have crush on him lol ..but to im too shy to ask him if I can join him for a workout I think he is gay / bi also but crush on him makes me shy what to do? I want to try both hot yoga and him lol



    your situation - makes me think of the saying: "nothing ventured, nothing gained"

    i say just ask him where he goes and/or let him know you want to try hot yoga
  • starboard5

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    Sep 05, 2013 1:00 PM GMT
    Never had the urge to try a Bikram class. Went to a Power Yoga studio most of last year. It was around 88 degrees in the room and that was plenty hot enough for me.

    Classes are great for instruction/fine tuning and camaraderie/inspiration, but I still feel the best yoga happens when you're alone.

    A little off topic, but a highly recommended book for anyone interested in the development of yoga:

    yoga-body-the-origins-of-modern-posture-
  • run26

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    Sep 06, 2013 12:27 PM GMT
    starboard5 said....

    A little off topic, but a highly recommended book for anyone interested in the development of yoga



    thanks for the tip on the book
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    Sep 06, 2013 12:51 PM GMT
    Hey. I do Bikram about 2-3 times a week, depending on time and my gym routine. I also change it up with Vinyasa, Forrest and Hatha. Definitely don't like the idea of carpeted studios ours has wooden floors. You either love it or hate it, Bikram that is! Me I love it but do take breaks every now and then too, 6th year. Hydrate throughout the day, eat properly (never less than 2 hours before a class) don't drink any alcohol and get enough sleep. Every day there is something different, either physically or mentally. So go with the flow, uhm Bikram!