What I learned from My Experience with Bikram Yoga
Like pretty much everyone else on the planet, I had been hearing tons of chatter about Bikram Yoga from friends and acquaintances. I heard all the legends about how this particular strand of yoga was full of intense heat, spiritual awakenings, and magical cleansing. As much as I love yoga, I wasn’t sure that I was ready to participate in an intensive session of 26 poses and breathing exercises. As a designer of yoga apparel, I knew I owed it to my clients to experience the most intense and challenging physical experience possible. Pushing my own limits was the only way to learn what women truly need when they give it their all.
A few months ago, I finally took the plunge and signed up for my first Bikram Yoga session. My first thought upon entering the large ballroom was that my friends weren’t lying when they spoke about how the setting of their Bikram Yoga experience felt like a furnace. In fact, the fans blowing hot air throughout the room made the atmosphere feel downright boiling. I was thankful that the airiness of the ballroom made the situation more tolerable. I wiped the sweat from my brow and confidently strode to where the rest of the class participants were standing. By the time the Bikram instructor entered the arena, 500 of us had piled into the ballroom. The instructor smiled and told us we were about to have one of the most intense experiences of our lives. As I discovered next, he wasn’t lying.
What followed was one of the most intense physical, mental, and spiritual hours of my life. I could practically feel the toxins being flushed from my system as oxygen flowed into every pore. I am happy to report that I experienced increased mental clarity, flexibility, and emotional balance by the time I left that ballroom. Had I not come prepared with the right gear, I’m not sure my mind and body would have been free to have such a positive experience. If you’re about to embark on a physical and spiritual odyssey with Bikram Yoga, I’ve compiled a list of things you’ll need to be prepared to sweat without distractions.
A Stainless Steel Water Bottle
You’ll need a water bottle with temperature control to keep your water as cold as possible. A plastic water bottle simply won’t stand up to the intense heat in the room. Of course, you should begin hydrating, eating fresh fruits, and sipping smoothies a few days ahead of your session.
A Yoga Mat
Don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat. With the level of intense sweating that will be happening, yoga studios don’t usually encourage the borrowing of mats.
You’re going to need a serious infusion of electrolytes and hydration once the sweat begins to pour from your body. Coconut water offers a healthy, natural alternative to sugary drinks. In addition, all the potassium packed into every sip of coconut water will give you an energy boost.
Smiling and being personable is one of the best ways to make the most of this experience. You’ll want to bond with the people surrounding you. After all, having friends to gain inspiration from and practice dialogue with will come in handy when the intensity level peaks.
Proper Bikram Yoga Clothes
When you’re sweating and burning calories with the level of intensity required by Bikram Yoga, having the right clothing is everything. Before you head into your session, I highly recommended investing in a few key pieces of clothing made with moisture wicking fabrics. I can’t tell you how glad I was that I had chosen to wear my BaliniSports Brittany Bra and BaliniSports Angel booty shorts that day. In fact, I had placed a spare BaliniSports Miranda Bra in my bag just in case I needed to change clothes at some point. It came in handy when a young woman positioned next to me began complaining about feeling irritated by how soaked her cotton workout shirt had become. Her discomfort was making it difficult for her to keep up. I pulled out my spare bra for her to slip on so she could continue with ease.
Bikram Yoga is the ultimate way to push yourself to your physical, mental, and creative limits. There is nothing quite like participating in a cleansing experience in a room packed with 500 other eager seekers. I walked away with brand new inspiration for creating Bikram Yoga clothes that offer women maximum comfort and support.