Last night was my first time doing hot yoga! I was so so so excited, it’s been on my to-do list for a few months now and finally on Wednesday during regular yoga class, my instructor said she is doing a “first class free” on Friday. Naturally, my hand sprung up to learn more information and I signed me and my boyfriend up. He hasn’t done any yoga before but he’s been wanting to try hot yoga with me so I figured he wouldn’t be against it.
First things first, what is Hot Yoga?
You’re gonna laugh at this but the first time I heard the words and saw a billboard for it, my mind went to sex. No I’m not a perv. I just thought it’s some kind of hot (aka sexy) yoga that incorporates tantric movements. Well, it’s nothing like that. Hot Yoga is actually yoga done in a heated room – 95 degrees F or higher. The heat allows the muscles to relax and you are able to take deeper stretches, not to mention sweat off the toxins. Most of the classes run 90 minutes and incorporate yin and yang – flowing movements that build up strength and end with calm prolonged holding of the poses. This class started out with seated, then went on to doing 50 minutes standing up, and the last 30 minutes were left for sitting and laying down stretches.
What did I think of my first Hot Yoga session? It was freaking amazing. I’ll admit, at first it was pretty hard, but after 45 minutes or so I found it to go more smoothly and it was much more relaxing. My boyfriend thought the complete opposite – he started out thinking it was pretty easy and then turned super difficult. Everyone’s body is different though so everyone will have different opinions of the practice. What we did agree on, however, is how great we felt afterwards. We both absolutely loved the practice. It felt rejuvenating. My body felt so clean from the inside. We sweated so much but that’s part of the beauty in it – you can really tell how your body is working and I sure love seeing my body sweat – there is no better instant reinforcement that you’re doing a good job. That, and a better looking body, of course.
Will I do hot yoga again? Absolutely. In fact, I’m planning on another session as soon as next week. I can’t believe I waited this long to make this step and experience hot yoga. While I like regular yoga and will continue to practice that as well, I definitely think hot yoga will stay in my schedule and on my mind for years to come.
Kammie wants to know:
Have you ever tried hot yoga?
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
Let me know in the comments below!