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Give me a Y! Give me an O! Give me a G! Give me an A! What does it spell? Pain!

I really enjoy playing sports. I always have for as long as I can remember. Even today I still play softball, tennis and football once in a while and run on the treadmill five times a week. One of the things I regret as a youngster was I never stretched. Never! If I was playing a sport I would show up 2 minutes before we were about to start and would jump on the field or court. That was a mistake – in fact a huge mistake since my body isn’t flexible at all and in pain a day or two after playing a sport.

Recently I have been hearing from a number of people how much they enjoy Yoga. My wife loves it and has been talking about a special kind of Yoga called Bikram. Bikram yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhury and is commonly also known as "hot yoga." It’s easy to understand why – it’s supposed to be practiced in a 105 degree room with 50 percent humidity! Oh by the way I left out one of the most important pieces of information: The class is typically 90 minutes and the instructor doesn’t let you leave the room!

I have never taken a Bikram Yoga class but have started to think about trying it once… just once. I am not sure I can do any of the poses but I am willing to try. There is a good chance I will pass out and throw up. I have heard from so many people it can make your mind and body stronger and very flexible.

  • Have you tried it?
  • What was it like?
  • Did you enjoy it?
  • Am I making a mistake thinking I can survive being in a locked room for 90 minutes in 105 degree heat?

I look forward to your comments.

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