Tuesday, March 18, 2014

hot + yoga = sweaty me


My housemate Abby introduced me to hot yoga last year. She would go on Saturday mornings to her pastor’s wife’s overheated garage and do downward dogs and tree poses. I’m always up for trying new workouts, and this really intrigued me, plus the $5 charge wasn’t that bad.

Except… it never worked out. The weekends I could go, she couldn’t, and vice versa. Between getting married, graduating and training for a half marathon – there wasn’t enough weekends to go around.

I never had the chance to try hot yoga, so I did the best next thing: I put it on my bucket list.

And, I crossed it off my list on Saturday!


Early that morning I walked into “Hot Yoga Plus” studio and was greeted – by name – by a young woman in pigtails. She handed me a mat and a very large towel, and told me that today was about respecting my body and my only goal was to stay in the room.

She then told me that her mom would be in class that day and it was her first time, too! You can only hope that your first hot yoga instructor says those exact same words.

So for the next hour and fifteen minutes I went through a series of 26 poses in a dim room with a thermostat set on about 90 degrees. And, it wasn’t that bad! I knew most of the moves from P90X yoga and even some from Insanity. There was only one move that was impossible for me, and it started with the tree pose and turned into some fantastical acrobatic tangle of limbs – I struggled just to stay in tree pose.

As far as sweat levels go, I would say that it was about usual. I perspired about the same as I do in a normal Insanity session. However, the regulars did tell us the instructor went pretty easy on us since her mom was there {told you those were golden words}.

Afterward, I felt like I could run a few miles, but since it was my only rest day of the week, I opted for going home and writing this blog post.

Would I do it again? Definitely! Will I make a habit of it? Definitely not.

Honestly, it wasn’t that challenging and it felt more like a good stretching session than a workout. On top of all that, it was $20 for one class – that’s what I pay for a whole month at my gym, which has tons of regular yoga, kickboxing, zumba classes and more included in the price.

It did make me excited to try out more types of workouts, though. I think either kickboxing or pure barre are next on my list!


Have you ever tried hot yoga? What’s your favorite type of workout class?


16 comments:

  1. I've never tried this...and I do not like stretching at all so it doesn't sound terribly fun to me! Actually I think I would just be very nervous to go to a workout class at all!

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  2. I am a huge fan of hot yoga! I love really taking the time to slow down and connect with my body. I am not a fan of the price though and it's less relaxing when you are thinking about having to pay around $20/class. :)

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  3. I really enjoy regular yoga and have always wanted to try hot yoga. You may have inspired me. ;-)

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  4. I've never tried hot yoga, but really it doesn't appeal to me. I love Zumba because I never really feel like I'm going to work out, but I always burn so many calories doing it. :)

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  5. How do you manage to look cute after hot yoga?! I don't like you very much right now. ;)

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  6. I've been wanting to try hot yoga, but I always get nervous about how you're not supposed to leave the room if you get too hot. This makes it sound doable though!

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  7. Your first time at any workout class is possibly the most awkward experience ever. I always feel like people are staring at me when I'm doing it wrong, and there's no way to do it all right when it's your first time. And stretching is my least favorite thing ever, too. I'm incredibly inflexible and it feels like a chore.

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  8. I wish I had gotten into it more with my friend when it was $5, but at the same time I'm slightly glad I didn't so I didn't develop such an expensive hobby!

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  9. I love trying new things - and this was way out of my comfort zone. But it turned out to be a lot of fun, and I'm glad I did it.

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  10. Haha - my first (and last) Zumba class was quite the experience. I'd never seen older ladies in my church move like that! But, yes, I'd rather do something more aerobic, too!

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  11. Are we looking at the same picture? I was disgusting. But not nearly as disgusting as the snapchat I sent my friends yesterday after my Insanity workout - raccoon eyes, red face, and hair completely soaked (think just got out of the shower soaked). Thanks for the compliment, though!

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  12. Oh goodness! I heard that some studios lock you in! But, the studio I went to DEFINITELY does NOT do that, or I think I wouldn't have gone through with it. You should research classes, though. Some are "hotter" than others. I chose the 85-90 degree class, but I hear they get up in the 100's!

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  13. I'm so glad you finally got to try it! I used to love hot yoga- the studio I went to kept it at 105 and 40% humidity so I was a sweaty mess before we even started. But I love how much more flexible I was when I was doing it regularly. Unfortunately it's a bit out of my price range these days! What's pure barre? Is it the same as cardio barre?

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  14. I've actually been stretching before and after my normal workouts (thanks Shaun T) so I was way more flexible than I thought I would be - and I think the heat helps with that. Pure barre is like cardio barre but with less cardio. I think it has more still motion like yoga than cardio barre. I've never done either, though, so I'm probably a bad person to answer this question, haha.

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  15. I love hot yoga! I think I go to the same class Abby used to. :) I've definitely noticed that I'm more flexible and toned, and I know it sounds weird but it feels good to sweat that much. Can't wait to see what other workout classes you try!

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  16. Ah - maybe the next time I visit good ole Northwest Arkansas we can go together! And thanks, I don't know what I'll try next, but I had a couple friends tell me I need to look into cardio barre.

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