Have you ever taken Bikram before a redeye? I never had, but when I was in Seattle last week for Hearing Health Foundation‘s annual Hearing Restoration Project meeting, I thought I would give it a try. Redeye flights usually kill me – I can never really fall asleep, and if I do, the flight is just too short to be worthwhile. I almost always come down with a cold within a day or two after a redeye. I thought a Bikram class before the flight might relax me and set me up for a better sleep experience. It was worth a try, right? So that is what I did. And it worked great!
I found a wonderful studio, Bikram Yoga U-District, and headed there for the 4:30 class. The studio was clean and bright and the folks at the front desk were nice enough to keep an eye on my luggage so I could take the class worry-free. After sitting still at a conference table for 2 days and overeating at group dinners for 2 nights, it felt so good to stretch out the aches and sweat out the toxins. I must admit it was a rough class for me, probably due to the time change, so I took it a little easy and enjoyed the ride. The final savasna was a dream.
After class, I showered and headed right to the airport for the trip back to NYC. I felt relaxed and somewhat serene. I was ready for the flight. Things went smoothly and I was able to fall asleep almost immediately and stay asleep for most of the flight. I was still tired the next day, but I was able to function. And, I am cold-free a week later. Someone please find me some wood to knock on….
Fellow yogis, will you try a Bikram class before your next redeye?