Just breathe

 The quieter you become the more you can hear. – Baba Ram Dass

I’ve been practicing Bikram Yoga for the past few weeks at a small studio in Merritt Island and I’m hooked! I’ve finally found a place, other than racing through the woods riding my dirt bike, where I have to be completely in the moment and focused on the next posture ahead.  Relaxation is the number one reason why I jumped on the hot yoga train.

1.  Unplug – This class is 90 minutes, all of which are for you – a great escape from the daily rat race. There is no time to think about problems or your ‘to do’ list. You will be 100% focused on your body and your breath.”7aa35af85b78ee70331a7131df7cf97eThis 90-minute hot yoga – The style is practiced in a room well above body temperature (approx. 40.6 degrees Celsius or 105 degrees Fahrenheit – only burns about 300 calories and my heart rate rarely reaches 165, but I’m gaining so much from the classes AND leaving a lot there, too.

“The heat can be intense, however after a few classes it becomes a warm and welcoming sensation; after feeling some of the benefits of heated studios, students come to appreciate the temperature.” 

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 8.52.49 AMMy clothes are completely soaked when I leave (I’m the girl wearing the most clothes sweating profusely.) I’m convinced the hot yoga really helps to loosen up every muscle in your body but it’s especially helping to relieve some of the swelling and leftover pain in my ankle. There’s only one pose of the 26 postures in Bikram Yoga – Fixed Firm  Pose – that I can’t quite get into, yet.





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