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Intro to Hot Yoga

Yesterday, I finally went back to yoga. FINALLY! 6 months after buying a deal on Living Social and not being able to use it before it expired and then the studio changing. I stopped in last week and they were nice enough to take my Living Social voucher, which I was very thankful for. Since getting back to yoga is one of my 2013 Goals, I was happy to get started on it now. I even bought another Living Social voucher for more classes last week, so I am set for a couple months at least.

So, where did I go? Yoga365 in Clearwater, not far from my house which makes it convenient to get to. The owners, Karen and Aaron Ledesma and they are both instructors at the studio. They are both so nice and make me feel welcome in the studio, which is good because I tend to ask a lot of questions. Be sure to visit Yoga365 to learn more about the studio and get to know Karen and Aaron. While you’re there, be sure to click on the links for the video clip from My Fox Tampa Bay and the link to the Tampa Bay Times article.

I went to the 2:30 pm Intro To Hot Yoga class yesterday since I have never taken hot yoga. As is typical for me, I was slightly nervous going in, not knowing what to expect. I also have this nagging fear in the back of my mind that it would hurt, simply because of my sciatica that I have to be careful with. If you’ve ever taken a yoga class before, you know to take it at your own pace and only do what you can do. Don’t worry about the people on either side of you, just be mindful of you and your practice.  Karen, one of the owners and instructors, stressed the same thing. The intro class was a run through of the postures and breath, and what to expect in a regular class. It was warm in there but not hot like their regular class.

I realized a few things while in the intro class…. I am FAR from the shape I was in the first time I took yoga. I had some pretty amazing yoga arms back them. I will get them back. As I did the first time I took yoga, I will work my way into the postures slowly. I know what my body can and can’t do and I certainly won’t push it. I also remember how hard it is to stare at yourself in the mirror for hour, but you really have no choice. I try to not pay attention to anyone except me and the instructor. The more I focus on myself in the mirror, the better I do. And lastly, Savasana is and always will be my favorite pose. Total relaxation. And hey, don’t I look fabulous after class?


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Tonight, while hubby is at a WWE Wrestling event in Tampa with some friends, I will be back at the yoga studio to take my first official Hot 60 class. 60 minutes in a 105 degree room. I’m ready! It’s the perfect “me” time.

Karen and Aaron were nice enough to let me take some photos of their studio to share with you!


yoga365 front    yoga365 lobby

yoga365 studio    yoga365 pictures 1

yoga365 locker 1    yoga365 locker 2

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The studio is very clean and has a very relaxed feel to it. There is a men’s and women’s locker room, and they even have showers. I absolutely love the decor. The studio itself is immaculate and was the perfect space for class. I can’t wait to go back!


Do you practice yoga? Have you ever taken a hot yoga class?


  1. Wow, that sounds amazing!! I used to LOVE practicing yoga…not sure why I stopped, but something I want to try again. I’ve never been to a hot yoga class – but something, again, I’ve always wanted to try.

    The studio looks really nice – and those are some great shots! Can’t wait to hear how your first class goes. :)

    1. The first class was so great. I was soaked when I left but it was awesome. Nice and stretched out and I slept amazing that night.

  2. beka @ rebecca roams

    What a cute place! Looks very relaxing. I have yet to try hot yoga. I do the gym classes or a quick video on the tv, but still never been to a dedicated yoga studio. It is sooo good for you!Can’t wait to hear how it goes – And you look so pretty in your picture :)

    1. It’s funny, I cannot do yoga at home. For me, it’s nowhere near the same. I have to go somewhere to do it so I can shut my brain off. You should definitely try it.

  3. Awesome! That looks really neat. I’ve never tried hot yoga, but I love traditional. I felt a bit awkward the first time, being so out of shape, but everyone is so welcoming and accepting. I am sure you will love hot yoga!

    1. Yes, it’s important to go at your own pace and not feel pressure to do the same thing everyone else is doing. My first yoga class I took, which will forever be my favorite with a wonderful teacher named Gina, always told us that is it OUR practice and no one elses. Important to remember.

  4. I loooove hot yoga. I usually do Bikram, which is 90 minutes at 105 degrees. But I seem to get into the habit of going really frequently, and then burning out for a few months. This year I want to work on a little more moderation and have plans to go once a week (Sunday afternoons) for the whole month of January.

    1. Sounds like a good plan. Ultimately I would like to go twice a week, for sure once a week. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. I love yoga, but I’ve always been nervous about trying hot yoga. I figure if I want to sweat, I’ll run… if I want to relax and stretch (sans sweat) I go to yoga class. Is it really relaxing?

    1. Yes, it was very relaxing. I didn’t really give the heat much thought – it wasn’t unbearable. Yes, it was very warm, but it felt like I had a warm blanket on and it felt great on my super tight body. I can’t wait to go back. You should try it!

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