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The Yoga Diary: A dancer endures a week of hot yoga

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By Kelly LeVan

Spring break, for me, means the ballet studios are closed and I have to find some other way to contort myself. Thanks to the suggestion of a friend, I found one in Los Alamos’ newest, hottest thing: Bikram yoga.

Day One

I went in kind of cocky. I can touch my toes easily. I can do the splits. But Bikram’s Yoga College of India – Los Alamos, the new studio located in the old Ed’s Market, offers something I’d never done: yoga in a humid, 105-degree setting.

The temperature makes the news more often than owner Melissa Theesfeld wishes.

“No one has passed out yet, and you won’t be the first,” she told me before class. “It’s not that hot.”

But it is. It slows you down. It turns your muscles into water. Although none of the other first-timers in class appeared to have this problem, there were several minutes during my first class where I literally couldn’t stand. I sat with my knees to the side, thinking, “Don’t pass out. Don’t pass out. Don’t be the first.”


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