Following my trip to Connemara and Galway City, I headed down to Cappaghmore for a Bikram Yoga retreat. I haven’t practiced much Hot Room Yoga; I usually do Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga yoga, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to be in +100 degree temps. When the cab driver pulled up to the location, I could tell this was going to me an amazing experience. I was greeted by the owner of Burren Yoga, David, who showed me to my room. Right away I was enthralled with the woodwork. There were three bunk-beds in my room, each handcrafted with these unusual wood panels that enhanced the pure and back-to-nature but also very comfortable feeling of the whole place.
Friday night was very restful, but come Saturday, we had two pretty intense yoga sessions with a lovely hike in the middle of the day. I won’t drag on about the details of the yoga, but will sum it up by saying that I don’t think I ever sweated that much in my life. When they say hot yoga, don’t misinterpret that for ‘warm’. It is going to be hot – really, really hot. My warning for anyone thinking about doing Bikram yoga – don’t sit by the stove oven – it will just make it that much hotter for you.
In addition to the fantastic yoga and incredible vegetarian meals (don’t worry my Midwestern family – I haven’t turned vegan), the afternoon hike up Abbey Hill was a bonus to the whole weekend. You can see from the pictures below. It was a little difficult getting back into school mode after such a fantastic weekend retreat, but I only have one more week to go!