I sweated a lot in a Bikram yoga class

Let me say that I realize this post may cause dislike, disagreement, possibly anger … But this is my opinion and my feelings on hot yoga. And you are allowed to disagree.

I don’t believe Bikram yoga (hot yoga) is real yoga.

After experiencing it I will say it is some form of exercise? … yoga poses where you are in a super hot room and sweat like crazy.

If you like doing it I am not saying you shouldn’t do it. I’m just saying … it ain’t real yoga.

Over the past year or so I believe I have become a self-proclaimed yoga snob. In terms of the type of yoga classes I take, the teachers I study under and even the way I am trying to develop my skills as a teacher.

When I first started taking yoga in 2007 it was solely for exercise. And there is nothing wrong with that.

About four years ago I started taking yoga at a yoga studio. I found different styles of yoga and different teachers I enjoyed studying under. And I found styles of yoga and teachers I didn’t enjoy.

My normal practice consisted of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga.

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Not quite Bikram

I fairly regularly take a Sunday morning yoga class at the studio near my house. It is an intense Vinyasa Yoga class, which I just love (and hate).

I didn’t realize that Sean actually cranks up the heat for class until today. After class I asked him what the temp is during class. He told me he likes it between 75 and 80. I asked him what the temp in Bikram Yoga is. He said, usually between 85 and 95. Ouch.

I am not sure how many calories I burn during 90 minutes of Sean’s class. But I am sure it is significant. After class today I was very hungry.