On the weekends, please enjoy the Retro Throwback where I share my favorite posts from some time ago. Bikram Yoga Has Messed Up My Sense of Hot and Cold was originally published in June 2012.
When I stepped off the plane in Puerto Rico, the first thing I thought was man, it is hot and humid here. But honestly, I was used to it in about 10 minutes. The thing I have learned is that my Bikram Yoga Practice has totally messed up my sense of what is hot and what is cold. Anything below 80 degrees is automatically cold. I am not joking with you. Warm is 80-99 degrees. It doesn’t really start to get hot until it hits 100.
That’s not to say I didn’t sweat in Puerto Rico because I totally did. Everyday I hauled my butt around town or somewhere interesting on the island, and everyday I sweated my butt off. I came back to my hotel room at the end of each day completely gross and stinky, but not as gross and stinky (usually) as I would be from a Bikram class. So it was fine. I showered at the end of each day and crashed out.
Near the end of my trip, I spent a day on a tour with Acampa. I recommend the full day tour if you ever go. One of my guides, Raymond, was even featured on the travel channel (scroll to minute 27 and see the waterhole we all got to jump into. it was definitely refreshing.). At the end of our trip, we piled back in the van and stopped at a store to get some drinks. I was sitting out front, enjoying my beverage – and chocolate of course! – when Raymond sat down next to me. He said he was tired, and he thought it must be the heat.
“It’s not hot,” I said without even thinking.
“How can you think this is not hot?” he responded.
The answer? Bikram yoga.
Bikram yoga has totally messed up what I consider to be hot and cold. The good news is I can now be comfortable in places most people find hot. The bad news is I have zero tolerance for cold (remember – anything below 80 starts feeling cool), and no desire to develop one.