Day 3 of my Bikram adventure was the best experience yet. I was pretty terrified of returning after Day 2, but this time Abbe decided to come with me and I felt a sort of “strength in numbers” mentality come over me that motivated me to try it again. (Or maybe, “misery loves company” is more appropriate?) I’m so glad I did it again, because I realized that the experience of the class depends immensely on the individual instructor. This seems pretty obvious in hindsight since each instructor has a unique personality that is bound to peak through as they talk you through the poses, but what I didn’t realize is that the instructors’ personalities can also be expressed through the physical environment. The temperature of the room can vary, and last time I had an instructor that is notorious for cranking the temperature way up.
I’ll try to avoid classes where I’m periodically reminded of the sweat lodge deaths in Sedona from a few years back. Anyways, the room didn’t make me or Abbe want to pass out upon entering it, and Abbe made the observation that the room kind of just felt like being on the beach in Florida. Nice! This third time I was noticeably more limber and while this wasn’t reflected in my ability to do the poses any better (boo), the difference in the way I felt was huge (yay!). I still miss those non-Bikram poses I mentioned last time, but I found a hot yoga studio just a little further away that I think steps out of the strict Bikram format. I’m going to try it out next.
Maybe what I’m most excited about from today, though, is the fact that Abbe’s first experience was good enough to make her want to keep going, which means that I don’t always have to go alone! If Lina likes it too, we can be one happy, sweaty little exercise group. This idea makes me really happy because for years I’ve done all my exercise solo, and I’ve loved having a running buddy so much that I know having exercise buddies in general will be great.
And I’m now off to a Memorial Day BBQ, to undo all that work this morning :).
P.S. I still miss running. A lot.