This was a Tweet from one of my buddies in the Bikram community. She been having a few rough classes lately. But tonight she bounced back and was in the zone.
"This is how you know the Bikram is working!" I Tweeted back.
While she was having a kick ass class tonight, I was having an awful class. Horrible acid reflux was present, which sent a burning sensation in my chest and throat during Standing Head to Knee pose. It started then, and remained for the rest of the class. And it really sucked.
If you've never had the "pleasure" of experiencing this feeling in your Bikram class, consider yourself "unlucky."
Yep, you read that right. "Unlucky."
For me, when I have small aches and pains in my Bikram practice, it is because (I have learned) that my body is healing itself in some way. When I eat badly (too much wheat and dairy), I get acid reflux. My body has a tough time digesting and recovering from these things (which I am not allergic to, but have an intolerance to when eaten too frequently).
The burning sensation to me is a sign that my body is trying to process and detox from the crap that I have put into it. And it shows itself in this way.
Over the past few years, I have noticed changes in the way my body works as a result of my Bikram practice. How it reacts to certain things. (Like gluten or alcohol.) How it affects my cycle. and ovulation. How it affects my dreams and sleep.
It is amazing. Everyone should do this. Everyone should be so lucky.