Yesterday morning, I went to a Corepower studio a little bit north of where I live. Corepower is a chain of yoga studios that offer a variety of classes in mostly heated rooms, although there is a beginners class in a non-heated room. My friend gave me a voucher because I told him that I was interested in at least experiencing a Corepower class, since it is very popular. One of my other friends is also a Corepower member and she really enjoys the classes, so I figured, why not?
I broke the ever so important rule of refraining from eating two hours before class. Firstly, I woke up about an hour and a half before class and my body really craved some solid food. Had I planned to go to a Bikram class, I would have just sucked it up and went hungry. So, I had a peanut butter sandwich and plenty of water. Then, off I went to Corepower.
I am used to seeing a crowd of people congregate in the reception area at my Bikram studio and hearing a lot of chatter among the staff and students. However, I was only greeted by my Corepower yoga teacher when I checked in. I expected a bunch of beautiful models to be milling around the studio, but they were probably in the sculpting class downstairs 😉
I was slightly cynical about Corepower because of the fact that it is a chain studio. Yes, I know that there is controversy surrounding Bikram franchising, blah blah blah. But I had my doubts when I went to Corepower. However my doubts were erased when I ventured into the locker room.
I actually felt peace and tranquility. I knew that I was in for a good experience when I spoke to one of my classmates, who was a very nice lady.
I assumed that the class would be packed, but there were only five of us in class, my friend and I included. The instructor was very kind and offered a lot of one on one adjustments. We also got a very good workout, although I am not used to doing as many inverted poses as did before I started Bikram. After class, I was wiped out, but I felt a surge of energy after I got home and I got quite a bit of work done for my day job.
I thought I was going to skip Bikram for the day because I had a bar night I was hosting a few neighborhoods away. However, the class and the liter of coconut water I drank at home gave me so much energy, I decided to go to a Bikram class. I felt my performance improve compared to the past two days of sitting out of a couple of poses.
I still had trouble with sitting down for triangle pose. Oh well.
All in all, I am glad that I ventured out of the Bikram Bubble yesterday. But, when I went to my Bikram studio yesterday, I felt like I had come home.