Hot Yoga (For Those Of Us Who Haven't Tried It Yet)

>> Monday, February 24, 2014

So, pretend it's 2008 (or earlier, I don't even know) and hot yoga is still relatively new. Yeah. I've been out of the loop, but also admittedly scared to try it, so my first time trying vinyasa flow (not Bikram) in 100+ degree temps was last Friday night with some friends from our local runners club.

I can't say I loved it. I can't say I hated it either. But I certainly see why it ends up being a love/hate thing for most people. I'd like to go back and try again, maybe even get one of those inexpensive introductory month passes, before forming a solid opinion.


OMG +  I love this vinyasa sequence -- so familiar, I know all the moves.

OMG -  Holy hell moly! I can't breathe + move this fast in 100+ degree heat!

OMG +  Wow -- It feels great to stretch so, soooooo deeply.

OMG -  My hands are slipping all over the place + I'm stretching, ouch, TOO deeply.

OMG +  The heat feels oddly comforting, especially since it's been so cold this winter.

OMG -  Uh. I think I'm going to pass out (quick fade in/out of black at 60-minute mark, no joke).

OMG +  All this sweat sure makes me feel like I'm torching 10,000 calories.

OMG -  Sigh, but I read that it might just be hype.

OMG!!! Who cares? Focus on your inner-self Ashley.

OMG +  I haven't used these muscles in so long. Feels good knowing they're still there.

OMG -  Ahh. I haven't used these muscles in so long. Can't do any more! *falls on mat

OMG +  Phew! It's over and I feel . . . incredible, no, i.n.v.i.n.c.i.b.l.e!

OMG -  I'm FREEZING!!! Cannot get warm . . . need seven blankets.

OMG +  [That night] Wow. I feel super flexible and stretched out. That was great!

OMG -  [Next 2 days] Sore. I cannot move my body -- must skip running. #fail

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No. Really. I had to skip running on Saturday and Sunday because I was so sore from trying it out. I don't know if that was because it was HOT yoga or just yoga, which I haven't done in a while. Thankfully, I got in my long run tonight . . . but man!

Anyway, I'd love to hear what you think. I've already gathered from conversations on Twitter and Instagram that a lot of you guys absolutely love hot yoga or Bikram classes. That you do them once, sometimes multiple times each week. Did you know there's also hot Pilates now? I have zero core muscles (well, that's a lie, but I hate working them out), so that sounds like sheer torture to me.

What about the rest of you?

Hot yoga: Love/hate?

Will my opinion change next time?

Are there "real" benefits to heat? Or is it just hype?

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