Last night I went to my second Bikram Yoga class with my old roommate. This time was a little better than last time. I think the biggest difference was that I knew what to expect during the whole class. There were still times when I had to sit down and take some deep breaths before I could keep going. The heat is just so intense!
I also had a big towel under me this time which makes a huge difference. Trying to do those poses with sweat dripping and then you slipping on your sweat is not so awesome. I made the mistake of not knowing my instructors name the last time I went so I ended up with the same one this time. She sounds like she is a auctioneer instead of auctioning things off though she is demanding you stretch into awkward poses. She says "lean back, way back, keep going back, push back, you might feel like you are strangling yourself but you aren't, keep pushing back". I wanted to tell her "that I was going to push her back, way back.".
The pose I probably hate the most is the Locust pose. It's the most painful and unnatural thing. You have to somehow cram your arms under your body with your palms facing up. Your elbows are suppose to be under your body too. My old roommate and I were in the back row and were trying to figure this pose out when the instructor looks at us and says "just because you are in the back row doesn't mean you can not do it, I can see everything, get your elbows underneath your body". What? Really? I wasn't trying to cheat the teacher I was trying to figure out how to get my body to move in that way.