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Whatever your nationality is, some things never change. I am turning 40 by the end of the year and, to me, it is a big milestone. The problem is that I am still 15 in my head. I might be going through some sort of midlife crisis. I have talked to various friends of mine and apparently it is perfectly normal. That said, the midlife crisis can manifest itself in many different ways, and I can’t help being a bit worried.

A sporty friend of mine decided to climb mount Kilimandjaro on a whim. Another one took a sabbatical and went travelling around the world with husband and kids. Some become depressed, some take a much younger lover; others get a breast enlargement (it seems to be quite dangerous nowadays, especially with the PIP scandal) or start drinking heavily. The list is long, but my point is that, when you turn 40, something happens.

So here it is: I have started to do Bikram yoga and I am becoming addicted to it. The thing is, I don’t normally do yoga. I like running but that where it stops. But Bikram came highly recommended by a couple of friends. A week ago, I received a flyer in my mailbox and decided to give it a go.

Well, I felt great when it finished. The session lasts 90 minutes but it feels more like 4 hours. The studio temperature is about 105F or c. 41 Celsius. Each session consists of 26 different postures and two breathing exercises. I didn’t know that I could sweat so much. Actually, my skin was peeling the first time. For some reason the guy next to me kept burping during certain postures –not nice. On the other side, the very thin girl was quite flexible but had apparently never waxed in her whole life and I kept staring at the dark, thick bushes under her arms. Do you have to use shampoo to wash them? I wondered. I am also very proud because two ladies who were in their twenties couldn’t take it after no more than 30 minutes and left while our instructor was trying to convince them to stay.

 But, in the end, it felt like my body had been flushed and I was feeling relaxed and positive. Well, I have done it 5 times in a week and I don’t intend to stop.
What is going on with me? Do I need to see a doctor? Is there something wrong with me?

I have other ideas crossing my mind, such as living in a boathouse for a while and travelling to the far end of this world.
Well, if I stick to Bikram yoga I will have a lucky escape don’t you think?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Ah, that’s Bikram for you…you do get totally addicted! I was for about 18 months. It was only my limited attention span that got bored with doing the same postures over and over again that made me break my addiction. So pleased to hear you’re enjoying it – it really is amazingly good for the body and the mind. (and I’ve probably said this before, but I’ll say it again, you’re looking very good for almost-40, Muriel!)

    • Thank you, Accidental Londoner. I really don’t know why I like Bikram so much, but somehow it seems to do the trick. 18 months of Bikram is really good. Am impressed. How did you survive?

  • Travel far enough and you’ll end up right back on your doorstep. 🙂

    I’m not sure how well houseboats work with kids although I’m sure they are lovely and cosy for a romantic pair. Could be a bit damp though. Best to give it a go on a houseboat holiday I reckon.

    You could do a lot worse than Bikram yoga indeed. 🙂

    • Thank you. I hope that I will stop at Bikram yoga. Hubby is not too keen on houseboat, so i will probably have to give it a miss. Marriage is hard work!

  • I have just been thinking about doing yoga again. I did it when I was about 20 and couldnt see the point. But these days I realise that it did have a point after all.

    • You are welcome to come and join me! that would be fun!

  • Bikram Yoga has always fascinated me. I need to take it up sometime. Don’t worry as long as you are not doing anything seriously crazy. A little crazy is always okay, and yoga is good!

    You haven’t hit your crazy 40 yet! 🙂

    • It is totally worth it, Hajra. that said, you either love it or hate it. As for doing something crazy, well, let’s hope I continue to be reasonable…

  • Wow what a great midlife crisis!

    • Thanks…I hope I won’t do anything crazy!

  • I agree that this is a healthy outlet for a midlife crisis. When I think about my own I absolutely shudder as I’m still mopping up the pieces and some of the damage was irreparable. Well done Muriel!

    • Thanks Elizabeth. I find growing older really difficult, especially for women…I hope that it gets better!

  • 40 didn’t mean much to me, but 50 got me thinking about shaking things up. I think what these “midlife crises” (not a fan of the term) are about are just a need to go find something new (or from your past) that’s only about you. We all get pulled in so many directions with adulthood/parenthood. It’s great to find something that simply focuses on your own interests. Congratulations on lasting through the sessions. However, you could come do yoga in my front yard and get hotter than 41C because our heatwave in St. Louis just won’t end.

    • Sure, when can I come? I could do with a good travel right now!

  • I am turning 40 next year and now you make me wonder what my ‘thing’ would be…..I hope it won’t be depression. I’m pretty sure it won’t be the younger lover bit as well as I’m not into younger men. I wish it would be running but judging from how things are with my left knee, I doubt it very much. Hmmmmm……let me get back to you on this one. But, I think it’s great you’re able to do this. I think the heat would kill me.

    • Why don’t you try Bikram too, Joy? It is totally worth it (but hard work!)

  • I died my hair apple red, my fave haircolor ever, and went to the beach and took surfing lessons, both new experiences for me. Since I turned 40, now almost 2 years ago, I feel younger than ever! I keep looking for new experiences…. I used to say they were hard to find at this age… until I started looking for them! 🙂

    • You are so right, Stacy. I need to find new things to do. That said, you seem fitter than me. I am not sure that I would be good at the surf thing…