The Power of Bikram Yoga
IFBB Pro Felicia Romero discusses the benefits of practicing this powerful, healing form of yoga
“Never too sick, never too old and never too late to start yoga and start from scratch again” ~ Bikram Choudhury
Bikram yoga to me is like real life….when it gets hot and I mean really hot you can’t jump or leave. I can’t really explain to you the feelings I receive from yoga but do know it comes from a deep place inside….for me, it is so much more then being able to touch my toes but it is what I learn on the way down.
I didn’t expect to feel what I feel with bikram, I thought that I would just try something new and improve my flexibility but the lessons I am learning and the mind control (or lack there of in the beginning) is really having an effect on me.
Going to my very first session I felt feelings that I have never felt before in any of my training. I was prepared with the physical part of it…had my water, wore little to nothing, had my hair pulled pack and pinned, yoga mat and two towels. I thought to myself well how hard could this be…holding positions and just following the instruction of the teacher.
We started the class with at least 10 minutes of breathing movements and from that I already was feeling the effects in my shoulders and back. I was so not flexible and at times felt like the more muscle I had on my body the harder to keep arms raised or to contort my body in this pretzel like positions. I kept looking at the clock and couldn’t believe that I had only been in there 30 minutes and I was drenched in sweat and so badly wanted to walk out. (They say that if you feel sick to lie down and calm the mind—do not leave the class unless absolutely necessary). That was so difficult for me because my mind is my most challenging body part. As I was laying on my back, mind racing with thoughts of wanting to puke, slightly dizzy, body in pain and my heart rate wouldn’t calm down. All I wanted to do was leave, walk out, give up... but I didn’t. I stayed and once I felt well enough participated in the exercises again.
As I come toward the end of the class, there was one particular pose, not sure of the name, but I started to feel this burning sensation in my chest, up to my throat and then moved up to my face and eyes. I started to feel this overwhelming feeling of emotion and I started to cry. I didn’t mean to cry or become emotional like that but the feeling was uncontrollable. It burned and I couldn’t control it…it was very interesting and I wondered why I had these emotions. Sort of had emotional detox if you will and I felt like the positions unlocked the emotional stuff inside my body. It was incredibly tangible to me that in pushing past my physical limitations I was 'unlocking' parts of my body that had had emotional 'stuff' locked in them for years. Sometimes I didn't even know what the tears were really about; it just felt good to let them out.
So I will continue with Bikram yoga and hope that some of you reading this are inspired to try something new, face inner demons and to fight the urge to want to quit…you never know where it could lead. Only good and positive things for me~ thoughts become things.
Thank you for reading!
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