You all know my feelings about yoga: too slow, no banging music, no crazy calorie burn, and a lot of me crashing to the ground with no balance. I tried it not once, but twice so I totally have the right to say yoga and I don’t mesh.
However, I am desperate. It has officially been 6 weeks since I have run at all and almost a year since I have been 100%. I’ll try anything. If I’ll let them stick electric needles in my naked butt yoga can’t be much worse right? (Please lie and say no.)
So I bought a Groupon for 5 yoga sessions for only $30, seemed like a pretty sweet deal until I decided I wanted to start this week and checked out the Bikram Yoga studio webpage.
This is what I found:
How to Prepare for Class:
The room is kept at 105 degrees and 50% humidity, so be prepared to sweat! Come to class on an empty stomach.
Do not eat for 3 hours before class. If you must eat, fruit, yogurt or a granola bar is best. This is my biggest problem with all this yoga craziness. No food for 3 hours before class. Pretty much impossible, I wake up ready to eat breakfast and cannot wait until after my morning class.
Be well hydrated before class. As you practice, you will want to drink at least 3 liters of water a day.
Wear light clothing such as a sports bra and shorts. Shorts for men. Try to avoid sweats or baggy clothing. Be comfortable!!
Bring a yoga mat, a bath towel and a liter of water. If you forget, we have these for rent and sale at the studio. And now I have to buy a yoga mat, crud!
No socks or shoes in the yoga room. Please leave them in the locker room.
No cell phones, pagers or PDA’s inside the yoga room.
Do not talk during class or for 15 minutes after class ends. Respect the silence of your neighbors. If you know me you know this is impossible. I cannot refrain from talking to people.
You may talk very quietly in the Yoga room before class. And I am in no way quiet!
Practice only the Bikram Beginning Yoga Series as described by the instructor. You may practice other postures or variations before or after class.
Bring ONLY your Yoga mat, bath towel and water into the Yoga room. No purses, gym bags, hand towels, blocks, straps, etc.
Classes are 90 minutes and begin exactly on time. No late-comers will be admitted; no leaving class early. Use the restroom before class. Wow. Even bathroom time notes.
HAVE FUN!!! Really, after all that. I guess here goes nothing.
So for you yogis out there:
Is this normal or are they just messing with the newbies?