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Just after we decided to ”stop trying” I found out I was pregnant with #2. And, because we were not “trying” I was not paying attention to the calendar and just going about my daily business.

It’s funny, too, during your first trimester of pregnancy exhaustion really sets in. It’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down and take it easy, because your growing a baby – and let’s be honest, that takes a lot of energy to do properly!

My very great gal pal Chef’s Widow Chefs Widow had encouraged me to try BIKRAM yoga. At this point in my life I was really keen on Hot Yoga. I loved the spiritual and meditative practice coupled with an intense workout that transformed into this beautiful body rhythm. Really, I was hooked! So I decided to add to my daily calendar (who am I kidding, I don’t have time for a daily practice, but I was willing to give it a weekly time slot) BIKRAM Yoga. I’ll admit, I’m in fairly good shape (always room for lots of improvement) but I am definitely no weak duckling.

A little background on BIKRAM: (http://www.bikramyoga.com/), BIKRAM yoga is a 26-posture sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga (a type of hot yoga). According to Bikram, “it has been proven and experienced by millions that these 26 postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function.” Sounds pretty great, right? Who wouldn’t want all that detoxifying greatness happening in their body? One more minor detail, it is typically practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit! Very hot, ridiculously hot!

Have you ever tried BIKRAM yoga? Holy shmoly! I have never sweat so much in my entire life. My body was more drenched than when I get out of the shower. How is that even possible? Because I was detoxifying! And, boy I must’ve been really toxic because as the day progressed by body settled into the worst hangover I could imagine. I was dehydrated, nauseas, I had a horrible headache, I was lethargic, EXHASUTED, I didn’t want to eat anything and this sluggish feeling just wouldn’t go away…

I did more research on BIKRAM yoga that weekend then you could imagine. Is it normal to feel this way? According to several folks, yes. Is this healthy for the body? According to some, yes. What do practitioners of other yoga practices think? Many feel it lacks the spiritual/meditative elements of other flow practices. I would agree.

I wasn’t quite certain if I loved it, or hated it. Should I return to class and try it again? Maybe I will. And then I found out I was pregnant with #2.

 

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