View Full Version : Bikram for big chicks?
10-05-2007, 01:53 PM
I've been interested in Bikram for a while but hesitate to go because i can't even do the extra-gentle "Yoga for Weight Loss/PM" by Suzanne Deason. I can't do it because I'm very overweight and my gut gets in the way :( Also, my hamstrings are INCREDIBLY tight as is my lower back. I'm a size 22w now and figure I can't even try until I'm a 20R at the biggest. Any thoughts?
10-05-2007, 01:58 PM
nah, you should go! the class i take is actually taught by a larger-size woman. the hot room encourages flexibility. the class in general instructs that you only bend/move until you feel comfortable.
i've seen all shapes and sizes in the classes i've taken. honestly, if anyone thinks anything about it other than "you go girl", well then that person's opinion shouldn't matter too much now should it?
not a bad idea to check out the studio you are considering. the instructor may even be able to allay your fears.
you should go.
10-05-2007, 02:10 PM
What are you trying to achieve through Bikram? Weight loss, flexibility? I've been a yoga teacher for over 6 years and practicing yoga for well over 10. My advice is to stick to a beginner yoga class or try a dvd on seated yoga or yoga for round bodies. If you still feel you want to try Bikram, talk to the instructor before you go. Maybe sit in on a class before you try it. Good Luck.
10-05-2007, 02:18 PM
I did bikrim when I was much... ehem..."rounder". And it helped me to lose weight and to de-stressssss. Many places offer the first class free. So what do you have to lose? I L-O-V-E-D it!!!
10-05-2007, 02:25 PM
I keep wondering, what is Bikrim?
10-05-2007, 02:27 PM
also called hot yoga.
90 minute class of 26-poses (same every time) done in a hot 100-something degree room.
someone know the temp?
p.s until attending a class, a guy friend thought it was called hot yoga because of the hot (attractive) instructor
10-05-2007, 03:10 PM
It's 105 degrees
10-05-2007, 03:13 PM
LOL. My instructor was a skinny brittish bald guy. Not hot, but a great class anyhow!!!
10-05-2007, 09:37 PM
Yes, you should go! I have seen a great range of body types and weights in that room, many bigger than what you describe yourself to be. And let me tell you... when it is 105 degrees, you are soaked in sweat and you are trying to bend in a way that puts your head almost up your butt, you ain't thinking or caring about what the person next to you looks like!!!
Instructors give modifications to each pose, and you can always "take a knee" if you feel like you just can't go on for a little while. Bikram yoga has helped me with depression and bingeing and purging. The mental benefits almost exceed the physical. Give it go :)
10-17-2007, 04:31 PM
Yes yes yes go for it:D
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