Next New Project : 7 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge

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I learned about Bikram Yoga last year when I was actively surfing. A lot of female surfers were recommending yoga for strength and flexibility training. I was too timid to check it out thinking that only experienced yogis have the right to be there. Boy was I so wrong.

The 7 day challenge came about when I mentioned Bikram to my friend last week. She immediately found a studio that gave her a 2 week intro class. She is on her 9th day now and is hooked. After hearing positive results from her I decided to try it for 7 straight days (because my local studio only offers a 1 week intro class-lame!). I am now on my fifth day and loving it! I feel a lot of energy. I also feel improvement in my back and abdominal muscles.

For those of you who do not know what I am talking about Bikram Yoga is basically what some people refer to as hot yoga. The practice is done inside a room heated to 105°F (40.5°C) with a humidity of 40%. Sounds crazy, I know, but this helps you to stretch deeper and prevent injury. This also makes it easier for you go through 26 postures in 90 minutes which translates to tons of sweating. Now most people think that the sweating results to the detoxification that practitioners experience, this is not true. It is by boosting circulation and metabolism through deep breathing and yoga posture that Bikram Yoga accelerates detoxification. Additionally, you also get to learn the techniques of meditation. You learn to relax your mind, thus addressing stress toxins.

I will be posting a day to day account of my new project soon. Until then enjoy this photostream from Flickr:

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socs said...

OMG! I've also been wanting to go...only hesitating since the studio is a bit of a way off from where I am.

Will let you know when I finally get to try it :)

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