The day before yesterday I went back to Bikram Yoga for the first time since having my second child. It had been about 14 months since my last class. Happily, I felt like I pretty much picked up my practice where I left off. I didn’t remember the sequence of postures, which actually helped me be more mindful, rather than thinking ahead to what was next. (Bikram Yoga is a set of 26 postures, and 2 breathing exercises performed twice, in a heated room. The sequence is always the same.) It was great to have an hour and a half to completely focus on myself without interruption.
I don’t know how anything can be so refreshing and so exhausting at the same time!
I felt cleansed as my heart pumped blood all over my body, nourishing each cell. In “tree” pose, I actually had a sense of a solid, rooted and flourishing tree in my heart! I definitely was much less stressed for the rest of the day- a great benefit for a mother of 4 year old and 6 month old daughters. Now muscles all over my body are sore. Thanks, Bikram Yoga Monterey! I’m looking forward to experiencing new possibilities for my body, particularly a more mobile healthy and strong back.