Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Tuesday Tune, vol 38 - Hot! Hot! Hot!

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.

Yeah me.

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.



Sparks said...

Yer the coolest of the hot nuts.

I can't undrstand why I go, but there I am, a few times a week "supplementing my Power practice."

Ryan said...

y'all are crazy. way 2go tho making it through 90mins of dancing screaming itching squealing fevered feeling hot*3.

love me some jcash but i'll take social d's spin on ring of fire. i want to say my last proper mosh pit (seeing as cross town, vegas put a quash on d'mosh for nin|ja. hob: 1, pearl: 0)

lifein360 said...

I did that last week as well and it was awesome in a brutal way. By the hour mark I found it more difficult to continue breathing through my nose. So hot. You are right however, the first half of the class is the worst. My legs were a mess. I eventually got used to being SOAKING and dripping wet. Blech.

rookie cookie said...

I was wondering if you would go back. Megan said you liked it. Weird.

tom lindsey said...

Hot, Blue and Righteous

Makell said...

You had me at "dudes in briefs". (Unless they looked like that British dude on Notting HIll..."Nice Firm Buttocks" - remember him? Yikes!
I've always wanted to try Bikram - I love pilates and yoga but have gotten out of the groove lately and have been wanting to jump back in. I don't know if I'm ready for the heat yet. If you're going back for more, there must be something to it. Keep me updated on that...