Bikram Yoga. Ever heard of it? I hadn’t, until late last year when my boyfriend’s boss’s wife mentioned it to me. This woman has had two children and is fitter than me in my mid-twenties sans kidlets. So naturally, I was interested.
Bikram Yoga is hatha yoga. Don’t be confused into thinking it’s a new type of yoga – it isn’t. What it is, is a very specific ‘prescription’ of 26 yoga poses, designed to completely renovate your body, from the inside out, bones to skin.
It was developed by an indian bloke called Bikram Choudhury as a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the many ailments modern people suffer from. Got a bum neck? Got tennis elbow or tendonitis from sitting at a computer? Try Bikram.
This 90 minute session will test your willpower, strength, endurance and pores like never before. You will sweat, cry (this happens alot) and wake up in the middle of the night with the words “LOCK THE KNEE” (insider joke), but it is seriously addictive. I have personally suffered from anxiety, depression, stress, neck and back pain – you name it. But I have never felt better. In fact, I’ve never looked better (even with a couple of extra kilos I still reckon I look better than I did at 45kg at 20 years old!). And, I can quite easily cope with stresses that would have floored me years before.
I practice at Kylie’s studio in Capalaba in Brisbane. I urge you to give it a shot! Even if it is only to tell your friends at parties that you’re really hardcore cos you did Bikram once! Even once will give you a step forward in your health.