new year’s resolutions, two months on… the bikram yoga challenge

MILK Beauty The Bikram Challenge

MILK’s mobile beauty therapist, Sarah, gives us the lowdown on her New Year’s Resolutions and taking the plunge with Bikram.

Like many Londoners, I started 2014 with the obligatory New Year’s resolutions; lose weight, cut down on the weekly rosé indulgence and of course start exercising. I think I lasted about 8 days! Hardly the life changing overhaul I was envisioning.

Milk Beauty the Bikram Yoga Challenge

I found the monotony of going to the gym horrendous and uninspiring – don’t get me wrong I would love nothing more than to become a gym bunny! But alas it is not for me, I realised I should save myself the time, money and the feeling of failure when I dragged myself off the treadmill after only 5 minutes, exhausted.

I had heard of Bikram yoga from a friend who insisted that I should try it. After contemplating taking a class I found myself walking into a 105 degree room that is strewn with floor length mirrors realising I was about to spend 90 minutes stretching and balancing. I was apprehensive to say the least as I imagined yoga to be an art practised by the ultra-lean, impossibly bendy select few.

There is no beginner class for Bikram, everybody does the same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. The teacher at the beginning of the class asked if it was anyone’s first time practising I warily raised my hand hoping I would not be the only one, I was not two more ladies raised their hands.

I was told the only thing that was asked of is for me to stay in the room for the duration and if I felt the need to just sit down and take deep breathes that was fine, important was that I get used to the heat.

I’m not going to tell you that my first class was amazing I felt as if I was going to pass out and had to sit down a few times, but strangely I felt amazing! Walking out of the hot room I felt a real sense of achievement, not because I could do every posture, or even get into them for that matter! But because I had stayed for 90 minutes and I had survived!

They say the more you go the quicker your body will get used to the heat, I can say I went the very next day after my first class, and have nearly gone every day since and am definitely getting used to the heat!

Bikram has given me an amazing sense of wellbeing that I have never achieved with any other form exercise. I think that Bikram yoga is more than just exercise; it will make you feel energised and is definitely a de-stressor, Bikram builds strength, flexibility, grace, balance and endurance.

Milk Beauty the Bikram Yoga Challenge

If you’re looking for something that I believe is life changing or even if you’re looking for a way to keep fit give Bikram yoga a go, and see where it takes you.

Sarah attended the Bikram Yoga Essex in Loughton (  Tel: 0208 508 0376)

Sarah xx