On the 4th of July, hubby and I went to hot yoga class in the morning since we were both off work. They only had one class since it was a holiday and it was PACKED. When I was going before, at the most there would be 15 or 16 people in class. Everyone would be nice and spread out. Thursday’s class had 37 people. We were all close together to make room for everyone who came in. And of course, the more people in the room, the hotter it was even on top of the normal heat. Imagine a room full of 37 bodies, all breathing deeply, inhaling and exhaling, holding poses, and working hard. It. Was. Hot. But, I loved every sweaty second of it. I left there sweatier than I had ever left there before and promptly tweeted this picture. Poor hubby looks spent. I was proud of him for going with me!
Holy sweat fest. 60 minutes of hot yoga, 37 people in class. Juiciest class ever.
Of course when we left, I was immediately reminded how much I miss going. I have a LivingSocial deal I still need to use, I’m just trying to time it so I get the most use out of my unlimited month. It will just take some planning and juggling. I need to go. I want to go. Thursday was a very clear reminder of that. Back in February, I wrote a post titled Be Present, which I thought of during class. Somehow, I am able to let everything go for that hour, much like when I’m running, and live in the moment.
I was actually surprised at how smoothly I did in class. We were in the back row so I couldn’t really see myself in the mirror which has always been a good tool for me. It all came back to me and for the most part, I was able to do all the same poses I could before. I am down 8 or 9 pounds since the last time I went and that made a difference as well. One of my favorite poses in class, besides the obvious Savasana, is eagle pose (Garudasana).
Source: Yoga Journal
One day I hope to be able to wrap my foot around my calf like in the picture. I’m not there yet, but I love the stretch in the upper body and the strength in the standing leg. It is a strong pose. Before class, I was speaking with the owner Karen about hot yoga in the summertime and was reminded of the article she shared recently. There are many benefits to continuing your practice in the summer. Take a minute to read her article to learn about these benefits and read the tips she shares for a summer practice. Great Reasons & Tips for practicing Hot Yoga in the Summertime
Have you taken hot yoga in the summer? How do you feel hot yoga benefits you?