Tracy does Bikram and wanted to know how I like it. I LOVE it! It's just a little tricky to fit into my schedule. The classes are 90 minutes long, and the studio is about 15 minutes from my house. So to do a class, it's a minimum of two hours, and more realistically it's 2-1/2 hours. I have free time, but it's fragmented and requires me to be close to home much of the time. Once a week at Bikram would be a good goal for me.
It was interesting taking my girlfriend to Bikram. She does yoga pretty consistently, but has not done hot yoga. I do yoga inconsistently (once a month!), but have done Bikram before. My mind had us in a competition (yeah, that's what yoga's all about, right?) the minute we stepped in the door, and it was tough to get out of that mindset, even though I was aware of it, and was quite amused by it. My hamstring was really giving me trouble that day, and I just had to accept that and go with it. Perhaps the biggest benefit of Saturday's yoga class was the amused awareness of how hard it is to shut my mind up and just BE in the moment!