I had tried "hot yoga" in Burlington a couple of times in a class that was referred to as "pre-beginner level."
Last winter I had signed up at the YMCA her in Venice and took a yoga class there two to three times per week. When a new yoga studio opened in the next town back in Vermont, I signed up for classes there. I spent a year doing basic, beginning level yoga. And I was feeling subtle differences in my level of flexibility and balance. Subtle as in pretty slow.
I thought that this winter, I would explore some alternative studios while in Venice. I saw a hot yoga advertised. Not hot yoga as in yoga poses done in a very warm room, but Bikram yoga. I had the feeling my progress would get a jump start.
Well, my flexibility will get a big boost or it will kill me. If you want a real laugh check out the poses that are used routinely in the Bikram practice.
Now that show what the ultimate goal might be--not what you are expected to be able to do in your first session or two. But the room is hot, and the routine is fast paced. You do what your body allows you to do. But it is intense. You sweat--copiously. Your heart rate revs right up. And it feels SO good--when it is all over after a 90 minute session and you have had a chance to take a cool shower.
I am fighting the loss of physical well being with ever fiber of my being.