Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hot Yoga

For some time, the idea of hot yoga has intrigued me.  I'm not exactly sure why - I've never taken a yoga class in my life and definitely not hot yoga.   Anyway,  I learned early in the week our local YMCA had just opened a hot yoga studio.  They were offering classes to members and non-members. 

I messaged my friends, Angie & Brandy, to see if they would be interested in joining me for the Saturday 9:30am class.  Brandy jumped on board.  I was really excited because I was too nervous to try it by myself.  Not sure why - I had a fear of getting dizzy, light-headed or nauseous.  Friday, I attempted to hydrate more in prepartion for the class.   I didn't want to hydrate too much this AM, so I ate an orange before I left.

We walked in and found our spot - near the door (LOL).  The instructor was really nice.  I told him it was our first time and expressed my concerns (noted above).  He said the most important thing to remember is breathing - breathe alot.  His other words of advice - 20 minutes into the class we would take water break, so try to take in alot at that time and other times in the class just sip;  modify the poses as we needed but to work on stretching and working with our bodies.   Overall, some great advice.

I enjoyed the class much more than I anticipated.  I liked the heat - yes, it made us sweat (duh).  My clothes were drenched when we left - but to me the heat was also very calming.  I thought it was a little pricey (even members have to pay for the class) - but I would consider doing it once a month. The more active I become, the more I enjoy trying new and different things. 

Have you tried hot yoga?  What did you think?


Martha said...

Loved this post and your assessment of hot yoga. I've done it a few times, just because I was curious. I liked how cleansed I felt after sweating so much, but it's not something I would want to do all the time.

I'm a certified yoga teacher, who began doing yoga about 15 years ago and who know prefers to do my yoga practice at home.

My favorite yoga teacher told me years ago that the best way to do yoga is by doing a little bit every day, even if it's just a couple of poses, and I really think he was right.

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Mom to One said...

Thanks for your comments and stopping by -- I was excited to hear about your contest and entered. :)