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I just got back from my first Bikram yoga class.

Bikram is hot. Very hot. They keep the room around a hundred degrees, I think. And it's a set series of poses, held for relatively long periods of time. Some poses I knew, some I didn't; some were easy, some were freakin' impossible (standing head-to-knee, anyone?!).

But after the first few minutes, I ceased feeling the heat around me and grew conscious of it building inside me - an incredible wellspring of energy like molten lava, accessible by pure will alone.

So yeah. I think I liked it. I'll have to see how I feel tomorrow ;)

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elnigma
Oct. 21st, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
I looked at that standing head to knee.. oy. also count me out on that one.
mrlogic
Oct. 21st, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
I tried the standing head to knee...I can get myself into the position, but balance is <severe understatement>rather difficult</severe understatement>.
sarahnade
Oct. 21st, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
I have a co-worker who regularly attended bikram yoga sessions while pregnant, I think through her second trimester. The leader/instructor would use her as a model for the rest of the class. :)
stillraven
Oct. 21st, 2004 10:30 am (UTC)
Ooooh, important to know!
You MUST watch hyperthermia in the beginning stages of pregnancy! It is a major cause of birth defects. If you are "trying," then you should always be acting as if you "are," y'know? Because you could be any day now. So, on top of the no-brainers like no alcohol, etc, NO HOT BATHS! (or hot room yoga!) I don't remember the exact degree where it becomes dangerous to a blastocycst/fetus, but if I find my old pregancy books, I'll look it up for you!

Yoga is fantastic in pregnancy, stick with it! Just maybe not a la bikram, y'know?

Ekk, I hate to be like this (bearer of bad tidings), but I know you'd want to know!
jnanacandra
Oct. 21st, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC)
I just went off and did some research on this.... opinion seems to be split down the middle. The key seems to be how well your body copes with the heat, because unaccustomed heat draws blood away from the uterus. I didn't really have any trouble dealing with the heat - it was just like a normal summer day in LA ;).

Thanks for the heads up, regardless. I'll see what the instructor says when I go back tomorrow. (I'm not ovulating for a few days yet, so tomorrow should be safe in any case!)
stillraven
Oct. 21st, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yay, good.
*hugs hugs hugs hugs*
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