RX Bikini bod: Hot Yoga

You’re sore, you’re injured, your back hurts, you ate an entire Digonrno garlic crust pizza, or you’re hungover. Whatever the cause, Bikrim yoga is a great cure. Why? One word. Sweat. And lots of it. We’re talking enough to fill a kiddie pool.

This past week I was so sore I could hardly move, felt like Jabba the hut from my husband’s holiday party festivities, and had a bum knee, so I figured I needed a little TL sweaty-C. Man oh man, did I find a cure.

Bikram yoga is a series of 26 stretches performed over the course of 90 minutes in a room heated to 126 degrees. I kid, 104. The instructor breezes through the series, and you either do the pose, or sit on your mat and dream of camping in Iceland.

Bikram yoga won’t give you a six pack or a bootie you can bounce a quarter off, but it’s awesome for rehab, and a great way to destress while getting a good deep stretch in and just feel cleansed and ready to be back on track. Seriously it’s like stretching in a sauna for an hour and a half. After 90 minutes of stretching and sweating profusely ( i wore not one but two shirts, that were completely drenched), I left feeling no soreness, much less pain in my ailing knee, and about ten pounds lighter. What can I say, I am a fan.

Look up your local hot yoga studio at bikramyoga.com

*If feeling relaxed, and sweating off a ton of gunk isn’t appealing enough, some people who are up there in the 1-10 scale are also fans: David Beckham, Tori Praver, and Elle (the body) Macpherson, just to name a few.

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