Doing yoga, in general, is great. It opens you up, relaxes you and strengthens you all at the same time. It creates an awareness of your body like you’ve never known before and there is a big chance that you’ll be more balanced, both physically and emotionally and mindfully and you get the deal.
For me, having practiced Bikram yoga for about a year at the time of this writing I can happily say that it has strengthened my sense of intuition a lot. This is a very common thing amongst Bikram practitioners because it can be very emotionally challenging and a lot of stuff will start to surface. Because you sweat so much in class, you detox that way, but you will also detox emotionally and spiritually at a very high level. Thoughts and emotions will arise, be present for a while and then be released. For me, a little bit of crying isn’t an unusual occurrence, especially towards the end of class if I’m going through a lot of stress in my life. Do comment if this happens to you as well.
Now, with this said, don’t be afraid to show emotions in class. First of all, everybody is meant to focus on themselves. Second, if you are brave enough to show your emotions clearly in a room full of strangers, it will only encourage others to do the same, I promise.
You will feel a lot stronger and a lot fresher when practicing hot yoga. A lot more confident and very clear mind. You might feel that you need to change your diet, which is a good thing, but only do that if your body wants it. It is a bad idea to restrict yourself. Eat what you will, and let your body tell you what it truly doesn’t want. You will also get better at listening to your body, which is one of the most important things in life because your body/your intuition is what knows how to create the best life for you, as opposed to your mind. Now we’re getting into a bit of personal development and that’s exactly what yoga is about.
I can write a lot about how things will change for you when starting with hot yoga, but it is nothing like experiencing it for yourself.