bikram yoga

Bikram yoga is *almost* like giving birth (in a good way!)

Thursday, 22 May 2014


Last night’s Bikram yoga was exceptionally hot and humid. I am normally quite good at concentrating on my breathing and moving as smoothly as my inflexible body possibly can but last night I had to really focus on my breathing a lot more than usual in order to not start seeing stars or pass out.

I thought for most of the 90 minute class how the Bikram experience is like giving birth.

The main thing is that you cannot fight against how you’re feeling, you cannot wish the pain and the discomfort away.  The more you do that, the more it hurts.  Instead, you have to just be part of the experience your body is going through. You have to solely focus on your breathing and let whatever is happening to you happen to you.

You know that every breath you take takes you closer to the end but you do not think about the end, you only think about the next breath, you are only aware of what is happening right now and you go with the flow.

In the end you feel amazing, calm and powerful, and just like after going through labour you have something new – not a new baby, but a brand new body. At least that’s what it feels like every single time.

And thankfully unlike after having a baby you get to sleep through the night.  And come to think of it –  you don’t wake up with ginormous boobs either.

Hmmm… oh well, Bikram is magical in so many ways, just not THAT magical :)




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  • Muriel Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 07:57

    As much as I like Bikram yoga, I am still struggling with the heat. Don’t repeat it, but doing the routine in the comfort of your own house brings more or less the same benefits. Just saying…

    • MrsB Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 18:41

      Do you do it at home?? I cannot exercise at home on my own, especially for 90 minutes, I’d get distracted by so many things and give up after 10 minutes. And I actually like the heat, it makes me feel very tough when I conquer it week in and week out :)

  • Erika Friday, 23 May 2014 at 19:13

    I can totally relate to this and very well put. Thanks for this post.

  • JenJ Friday, 23 May 2014 at 06:36

    Haha, brilliant! I’ve been imagining going through labor like doing a Hero WoD, like Kalsu. You’re under no disillusion, even before it starts, that it’s going to suck. You know it’s going to hurt. But you know you’ll get through it cause you’ll have to. Then it starts and at first it’s not that bad, but that gradually changes and although you really, really wanna quit, you don’t, because quitting just isn’t an option. It hurts, it sucks, but you carry on. And after you finish, no matter how shattered you feel, you’re proud for having made it through! ;) (Kalsu: 23:47 @ 25kg)

    • MrsB Friday, 23 May 2014 at 11:24

      In a way Crossfit is even more like giving birth – lots of heavy panting and occasional grunting!

      P.S. I think you’re ready! :)