(Closed) Bikram Yoga

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I’ve done it and hated it.

I think the heat is a gimmick. If you have 90 spare minutes to work out, I think you’re much better off doing circuit training than this!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yes! Bikram is amazing! I’ve done it for about 2 years now (roughly 2x/week), and it’s helped keep me about 10 lbs trimmer than I was before. Plus it’s amazing for how I feel (working in front of computer most of the day).  I did hardcore Bikram (every other day for 2 months) before I did b-pics, and again 1 month before the wedding, and the extra kick both times helped tone me up enormously.

It IS a time commitment, but when I do it 3-4x/week, I don’t go to the gym otherwise. So, I figure that it averages out to 45 min/day over an entire week…and that doesn’t make the time commitment on Bikram days quite so bad.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I love Bikram. I am the type of person who needs someone telling her what to do, so going to a gym really wasn’t helping me, and I was completely unmotivated to do anything at home. Bikram is an excellent choice for people who want to tone and increase flexibility. You get as much out of it as you put in. Currently I go 4-5 (sometimes 6) times a week. I have been able to get off of my dumb migraine meds and I am an all around happier person. You will def HATE the heat your first class, its a given, but it makes you that much more appreciative of every little breeze you feel during class. some tips:

  • hydrate WELL before class, you will not have many opportunities during class
  • do not eat 3 hours before (I plan my meals around class times, for example if I have class et 4:30 I plan on finishing my lunch at 1:30, you can have fruit 1 hour before)
  • listen to you body, this class is not for people who want a quick fix
  • go at least 10 times in 30 days to get the full benefits

Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I love Bikram!  I go back and forth between Bikram and other yoga classes because the repetition gets to me after a while.  It’s such a great workout!

Post # 10
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1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My appetite has gone down. I do not eat as much as I did before (unless it is of mac and cheese, my kryptonite!) Because of a decreased appetite you will prob see some inital weight loss.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I hated the instructor – here’s how my first (and only) Bikram class went:

Me: struggling hard to get the pose right and not pass out

Instructor: “Girl in the purple shirt, you’re doing it wrong”

Me: who is wearing a purple shirt besides me? looking around

Instructor: “Purple shirt!” looking directly at me

Me: crud. I hate this. I want to die. Screw you lady. I am so not blissed out right now.

Luckily, the yoga studio had other “hot yoga” options, so I just moved to power flow classes in 105 degree heat and enjoyed it much more. And never went to another of that instructor’s classes ever again.

Moral of the story: if Bikram doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean all hot yoga sucks. If it does work for you, it’s a great workout!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t do it, but want to try it. I have a friend that swears by it. She’s one of those lucky ladies that stays thin no matter what, so this is the only workout she does. She likes it because she says she can sweat out all her toxins, and she just feel healthier and more relaxed when she leaves. It’s also REALLY helped her flexibility because the heat allows your muscles to stretch further.

It’s definitely not a calorie-burning workout, but a great one for overall fitness balance, she says. I’m still scared to try, though, because I’m sensitive to heat, and I’m terrfied I’ll pass out or something.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My old roomie is a “hot yoga” instructor. 1st of all, it’s rediculous how flexible she is! 

I tried a “warm yoga” class with her last week and loved doing it, but, It wasn’t challenging enough for me. I didn’t get much of a “whole body” workout, mostly legs, and it didn’t feel “warm enough.” it could have been MUCH hotter! Most of their hot yoga classes are 60 min. but they do have a few a week that are the full 90. 

I can get a guest pass for a week unlimited for $20 but the cheapest you can get is $94/month for a full year contract. Otherwise it’s $16/class or $140+ a month. I’m tempted to do 6 months, but I’m 9 months out from the wedding, and the money I’d spend to add the extra 3 would give me a whole year… but $1000+ is expensive! Considering there is no treadmills or other things to benefit from too… 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

never done it but i LOVE yoga but i HATE being hot. so prob not for me. its a cool thought though. let us know if you decide to do it and what you think

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s def. a calorie burner! My instructor ex-roomie sometimes burned over 1200 calories a day at work! lucky girl 🙂 When she started she had a really hard time trying to eat enough… lol

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