A little while back, I got a Groupon for Hot Yoga. Reading blogs lead me to believe that this was the most super awesome thing in the whole wide world! It seemed like a must do for everyone. Since the price was right and the location of the studio was basically in my backyard, I hit the purchase button for an unlimited one month membership (I heart Groupon!).
I have to admit, I was scared to try it. I was not scared of the yoga experience, I was scared of being grossed out. Reading reviews of people's experiences with hot yoga literally had me gagging and dry heaving. I imagined the smell of feet wafting through the room and coming into close contact with stranger's sweat as it hits the floor. I was also afraid of passing out or puking since I have no heat tolerance....I am after all a Minnesota girl.
Last night was my first night. My friend and I got to the studio 30 minutes early as requested for our orientation. We were greeted by an extremely buxom woman wearing spandex and a sports bra with red, blue, and green hair. She did not have a yoga instructor's body and she spoke with a thick New York accent. She also has a very unique name....the kind of name reserved for the very artsy crowd and yoga instructors. I was weirded out and it was all a little much for me. I fought to keep an open mind but all I could think was WTF!!!! (I loved this woman after only spending 2 minutes with her!)
The time came for the hot yoga. When I walked into the studio, the 105 degrees took my breath away.
The instructor arranged us so we could be around experienced people since we were brand new to the class. She taught the class by walking around correcting our form and describing the poses. I loved this method because Pilates was not like that at all. The hour seemed to fly by and I survived. I swear I sweat out about 20lbs when it was over.
The verdict: I LOVED IT! I felt great. I was more relaxed than I have been in a long long long time. I was completely surprised that I liked it so much. I was in the shittiest mood when I went into it and I came out a different person. No puking, no fainting, no farting (although someone else did and I didn't laugh...yeah me!). I liked it so much that I went back tonight for another round. After my Groupon is up, I will absolutely need to incorporated this workout into my routine. Hot Yoga.....2 thumbs up!!!!
Oh....one more thing.....I thought yoga was kind on an easy workout. NOT! I was so sore today and I anticipate that I will not be able to walk tomorrow!