So let’s be honest, I am not the most Namaste individual. When it comes to working out, I like high intensity (for the most part, even though I may complain through the whole thing) and love to be gritty.
I started doing Crossfit a little over a year ago. Prior to that I worked at just a normal gym where I do whatever class was new and popular. (Everything from spin, to Body Pump, to Boxing, and High Intensity Interval Training). Crossfit is the first thing I’ve really stuck with and wanted to become better at.
Recently I decided that since I am now working out at new Crossfit gym (shout out to Angel Oak Crossfit on Johns Island), that I would combine that with some yoga. I had the opportunity to drop in this week at two different yoga studios, Bikram Yoga and Reverb.
My husband and I decided instead of being lazy on a Sunday we wanted to sweat, so we dropped in to Bikram Yoga. We’ve both done Bikram before, but this was the first time in a few years since I have done it. We did the 10:30 AM class, which was 60 minutes.
As soon as I walked in the door, I was reminded of how hot it is. I’m used to being hot, afterall, Crossfit gyms don’t typically have heat nor air and you rely solely on the air from a big fan. Most of the time you don’t feel this air until after the workout when you plop your sweaty butt in front of it. Anyways, I digress. This room at Bikram Yoga was hot. I could hardly breathe. I thought I was in shape, but was reminded after sitting down quite a few times, that I might not be.
The class went by quick. Very little Shavasana in between poses. My favorite part of Bikram is the cool, scented towel you get at the end. I was happy to be able to sweat out the toxins of my weekend. Sunday Bikram is great for those who may be cheated a little on their weekend diet.
I also had the chance to drop in at Reverb at Pacific Barrel and Crate (on top of the Workshop) one morning this week thanks to a friend at Lululemon. The studio location is great. It literally is right above the Workshop space. That area is a such a new fun space. This was the first time I had seen the new Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company.
Anyways, I checked in for class and the instructor was amazing (shout out to Ashley Bell). She guided you through the poses and was very patient. I did the “Center” class. The poses weren’t too difficult, but I definitely felt a good stretch from it.
The studio space is awesome. It is bright and sunny. It is a great way to wake up in the morning. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and will definitely be back. The best part is you grab coffee right after at Bad Wolf Coffee.
Overall, I enjoyed both of my yoga experiences. They both were incredibly different and offered diversity to my workout routine. I liked how refreshing Bikram is, but also liked how gentle Reverb was and how it created a great start to my day.