I was never as active in the past as I am now, I used to go to the gym before I got married, then stopped. I guess life just got in the way. I never really started exercising again until after I had my second child, which is when I started to go to bootcamp in my local park after a friend had recommended it. I loved bootcamp, it was just up my street, outdoors, group exercise and it was fun. This was the one thing I actually stuck to doing and I even started personal training sessions with the same instructor. I continued with bootcamp and PT through out my next two pregnancies, and I really do believe it helped with my pregnancies during and after, and generally I felt healthier and better within myself. I do recommend that you only exercise while pregnant if you have been active before and never start something new while pregnant.
Fast forward to now, I have moved so no longer go to bootcamp and have PT sessions with the same trainer, which I do really miss. But, not to worry I have found myself a new PT and also a Boxercise class which I love doing. Just as I got comfortable, a friend suggested that we try out Bikram yoga, curious I thought why not. I had done yoga in the past and not really found it challenging or enjoyable to be honest. However, Bikram Yoga is different, it is a series of 26 Hatha yoga postures (Asanas) and breathing exercises (Pranayamas). It is performed in a room approximately 40°C (105 degrees) and an average humidity of 40%. The classes suitable for all ages and ability and each class is 90 minutes long. We chose to go to Bikram Yoga Essex and what was even better about this place was that they were offering and introductory offer for new comers, where you pay £35 for 30 days unlimited yoga. This was a bargain as each class if you paid individually was £15, so even if we only went twice or three times, we had got our monies worth straight away.
So we booked up our first class, all excited and not knowing what to expect, turned up nice and early and was greeted by a lovely receptionist who talked us through how it all worked, what to expect and got us to do some paper work. armed with our yoga mats, towels and water, we made our way into the studio, laid down our mats and waited patiently for the class to start. Somehow we managed to stay in the studio for the whole 90 minutes, which is highly recommended, so that your body gets used to the heat and also its not good to expose your body to hot and cold. I also managed to do all 26 postures, well at least one set of them, I won’t lie I did burn myself out 60 minutes in as I was trying to do too much too soon. But as soon as the class was over, I was so relieved it was over but also really proud of myself for trying something new and making it through the whole 90 minutes. It’s not the most glamorous thing to do, as you come out smelly and drenched in sweat, but it is is definitely satisfying. In my first month I tried to go at least twice a week, as like the title suggests, I became addicted and felt rubbish if I didn’t go and missed a session. I have become so obsessed that I have now signed up for whole year membership, which I got a discount of 20% on, they offer this to you if you want to stay on and continue. If anyone wants to try something different and not so demanding on your body physically, I would highly recommend bikram yoga, give it a try and let me know what you think.
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