“To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.”
- Gabrielle Roth
A few weeks ago, I purchased a LivingSocial deal of six Bikram yoga classes at a local yoga studio. I’ve done a little yoga in my past and enjoyed the workout and stress relief that the classes offered. Since I ran a 10 mile race yesterday and was feeling pretty sore, I decided to use one of the classes. For anyone not familiar with Bikram, it’s a form of hot yoga. That means that the studio is heated up to 104 degrees and then you go through a 90 minute guided session.
It was pretty incredible. I’ve run two marathons and done some training runs in pretty intense heat, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever sweat as much as I did durning the class. As soon as I entered the studio I felt the sweat start beading on my skin. I was early, so I ended up laying down on my yoga mat until the class started. After the first breathing exercise, the sweat started pouring out of me.
I wore a shirt to the class and after two or three poses, I had to take it off because it was soaked through.
Near the end of the class, I seriously thought that I might pass out. The very end of the class was laying still for two minutes, which was a welcome rest. I really enjoyed the experience and felt like I was floating when I left.
I hope you all have a great memorial day and an amazing week! And if there are any soldier or veterans in your life, remember to thank them for everything they’ve done fo us.
Leave a comment