Don’t be fooled yoga is not some slow, harmless relaxation technique

I started doing yoga on and off since I was in high school and I was always fascinated by it. Then I just stopped, years went by and my muscles atrophied.

So years later I had this crazy idea and I said to myself ‘lets go to yoga classes’ and not just any yoga class but a bikram yoga class at Yogazone in Cape Town. To anyone who is not familiar with this concept it’s basically a sequence of yoga postures in a room heated to 40 degrees celcius (sorry haven’t a clue how to calculate that into Farenheit)

Sounds like fun I said. Sign me up I said. If Madonna can do it well then so can I, I said. I was in for a rude awakening, I discovered.

If you think contorting your body into a pretzel is hard, then try contorting yourself in a sauna. The heat and the smell of 30 sweaty people is not appealing. I got light headed a few times and had to leave the room to catch my breath. I also think that I drank a whole well of water. And if it wasn’t for the towel on my yoga mat I would have slid right off it during downward facing dog and into the old lady standing on her head in front of me. Sweat literally pours down and out of you like a waterfall.

But then the most amazing thing happened THE COOL DOWN SESSION AKA SAVASANA and I must say afterwards I felt invigorated and loose-limbed.

I went a few times after that again but stopped after a while. If there’s one thing I’m good at it’s ‘not following through’ For all yoga lovers I give it 5 stars, try it if you haven’t.

P.S. I also met Gil Bellows (that guy Ally Mcbeal dated on Ally Mcbeal) who was in town shooting 24 with Kiefer Sutherland. And my mom who joined me that night for class did what all mothers do. Embarrass their children. She went to him after class and spoke as if they’re long lost friends, she also made me take a picture of 2 of them.


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