by Liesbeth Strobbe
It doesn't matter how beautiful you are. How much money you have. How people look up to you. How many friends you have. How successful your career is. How much power you have. All those things that might seem important "out there" are worth nothing inside Bikram’s torture chamber.
None of these things will help you to get through the 90 minutes.
We’re all struggling with ourselves, the heat, the postures. All trying to create stillness in our minds. Thoughts that act like wild horses and need to be tamed. And all trying to stay motivated when that yoga truck runs you over.
"In the hot room everybody’s the same."
When I heard that for the first time it made me realise it’s another reason why those 90 minutes are so much more than just a work out. It goes beyond that. And to explain that to friends who have nothing to do with this type of yoga and just see it as a "sweaty, smelly and unpleasant" get together, is sometimes difficult.
The more often you come to class, the more you realise that the atmosphere in the Bikram class is something special. It doesn't matter where you take a class. Different settings and different people, but you can feel the same vibe of people being confronted with themselves and nobody else. Just you and that person in the mirror looking at you and begging you to drink water and lay down for a minute.
Sometimes I meet people in daily life and I can’t help thinking "wouldn't it be good for your ego to take a couple of Bikram classes? Wonder how you would take that. No talk. To look at yourself in the mirror and try to find out who you really are. Calm? Determined? Full of faith? To catch a glimpse of that person inside you."
But hey, in the end, we all have to decide for ourselves to step into that room. Cause still... the hardest part of class is showing up!
-----------------Liesbeth lives in Amsterdam and has been addicted to Bikram yoga for a couple of years. She works for a Dutch radio station and is a volunteer at Foundation Monkey. She is doing her 101-challenge at Bikram Yoga Amsterdam. Reading the inspiring blogs of other 101 challengers keeps her motivated!