Note: Hot yoga is practiced in a room that is kept at 40C (104F). With a series of poses you sweat it out while stretching muscles.
A studio opened downtown in one of the newer buildings and they were offering a weekend of free classes. I think this particular studio solely teaches hot yoga. I went with my friend E because we had wanted to see what it was all about. We went in and found a place on the floor in the back with the rest of the newbs. It was toasty. Naturally. And it was about halfway through before I noticed the floors were heated too. Great.
We started with this breathing exercise which I can only describe as primal. It was kind of like being at the zoo except you were inside with the other monkeys. We went through a sequence of 26 poses doing each twice. It was good. There were a lot of stretching, balancing, reaching and really being aware of what your limbs and muscles are doing and where they’re going.
You’re sweaty, and everyone’s sweaty and breathing is important because you don’t want to limit yourself especially when the air is so thick and warm which can make breathing a little unpleasant in the first place. The floor stretches were great especially when they pumped some cool air intermittently.
I did enjoy the class but I don’t know that it’s a type of yoga I would enjoy routinely. I can see how going faithfully would improve posture and focus and strength but I think I prefer other types of yoga. What I did like about hot yoga was that you don’t need props or equipment. No blocks or cushions, just a mat, towel and water bottle. But I do miss my downward dog.
All in all I am glad I went. We’ll see how my body feels tomorrow but right now I’m all about rehydrating!
Oh! And in hair news I managed to make my first puff for my yoga class! Check it out!