Today's Tuesday Tunes are brought to you by Bikram. Bikram is a yoga practice named after its creator, Bikram Choudhury, and is commonly refered to as "hot yoga" or "fire yoga." Yesterday, I had the fine fortune of attending one of these Bikram yoga classes.
As if 90 minutes of yoga is not hard enough, the Bikram people have decided to crank it up a notch, by jamming a room full of people, and increasing the degrees to 104. Or 105.
As if yoga is not hard enough.
Megan was going, so I invited myself. I wanted to know what all the hot fuss was about. She told me to wear as little as possible. So naturally, I wore my version of "as little as possible." I arrived twenty minutes early -- per the web site's instructions for newbies. And while I waited for the instructor's briefing, I watched as the room filled with people in bikinis. And dudes in briefs. They were wearing as little as legally possible. Literally. I was grossly overdressed.
The instructor told me not to be a rock star. And that my goal for the day was staying in the room for all 90 minutes.
The first 20 minutes of the gooey stretching were brutal. And rather startling. This Bikram yoga business is different. The instructor prattles on and on. And claps. I found out later, that the purpose of the prattling jabber, was to keep the students from thinking about the torture. It worked, for I conquered all 90 minutes in that room.
The best description of that 90 minutes would vacillate between dizzy, nauseous and loose -- but not necessarily in an ordered fashion. People pay money for that dizzy-nauseous-loose feeling, you know. It's called heroin. I suppose Bikram is healthier, but I'm convinced that those Bikram people are out-of-their-minds crazy.
Will I go back?
You betcha. I'm as nutty as they come.
Hot Hot Hot!!! - The Cure
All Fired Up - Interpol
The Kid Is Hot Tonite - Loverboy
Hotty Naughty - Sunidhi Chauhan
Hotwax - Beck
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Fire Woman - The Cult
Jump In The Fire - Metallica
Fire - The Sounds
Hot For Teacher - Van Halen
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Hot Legs - Rod Stewart
Hot Like Wow - Nadia Oh
Hot Blooded - Foreigner
Coming In Hot - Peter Tosh
Into The Fire - Sarah McLachlan
Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers
Hot Mess - Cobra Starship
The Unforgettable Fire - U2
Hot Mama - Trace Adkins
Fight Fire With Fire - Metallica
Hot Dog - Led Zeppelin
Hot Cookin' - G. Love and Special Sauce
Fire Fire - M.I.A.
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Too Hot - Kool & The Gang
Hottest Party In Town - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Eyes On Fire - Blue Foundation
Some Like It Hot - The Power Station
Notice how I got carried away again? Yeah, I got carried away again. Sigh.