One normally goes down to London to eat, drink, and be merry. There was some of that, ok a lot of that.
Part of being merry, however, included a proper Bikram yoga class at Bikram Yoga Clapham Junction.
Wow. I like to sweat. I definitely don’t mind it. I should say I don’t sweat buckets, I’m more of a glistener, a shiny sweater. You know type, the glowy ones. Back to the class. I’d read stories, some very complimentary, others, not so much. One of my yoga students and good friends who went down to London with me, was and is a proper Bikram head when she lived in the City. She was at a class every week if not a few times a week. She was the driving force behind my Sunday morning Bikram experience. And what an experience! The hour and a half flies by. You definitely feel a bit nauseous, ok, alot nauseous, but you take as many breaks as you need. You start with a breathing or Pranayama practice. You then move into your first 3 poses, which are done twice, in succession. First water break. You can then drink as much as you need throughout the practice. Carry on with balances, move on to lying and seated postures, with a short savasana in between each posture. You also perform what is called the ‘Bikram crunch’ after each savasana. Definitely introducing those into my classes! Fabulously different yet similar to Ashtanga in the physical sense-it is designed to make you sweat, or, in my case, glisten, and it does. Amazing.