New Year, New Resolution. I’m not sure when the last time I actually made and/or followed through on a New Year resolution. I am sure I have… but with the start of 2015 I had an idea and Tiffany is doing it with me. Each month we are trying something new. The requirement for “new” is that it has to be something that one of us has never done before. Feel free to join us in our quest to explore the unknown (to us anyway) in 2015!
In keeping with the trend of the resolutioners (ie. those people who start a new work out routine in January), we too decided to do something exercise related that one of us hasn’t done before. I had never done hot yoga, and Tiffany had done it years ago and was ready to try it again. We also dragged two friends along for the ride. Here’s what we thought.
What is it?
Hot Vinyasa is a type of yoga where you go through a flow of poses like you would in regular vinyasa (sun salutations, down dogs, up dogs, etc), but the room is heated to 90-95 degrees.
What do I wear?
Tight fitting yoga pants or shorts and a tank top. No cotton since you’ll be sweating so much.
What gear do I need?
Yoga mat, towel for your mat, water bottle, small towel for wiping your face (optional)
Overall I thought…
B: it was a rather enjoyable class. While the heat was pretty tough to get used to initially, after a while it felt good; mainly because I was seeing how much I was sweating and that made me feel like I was getting an incredible workout.
T: It was pretty fun. It had been a couple of years since I had tried hot yoga initially so I thought I might die. I handled the heat fine with the help of towels and it felt good to get some good stretches. I didn’t feel as out of shape as I am since yoga is at your own pace/skill level.
I was surprised by….
B: how quickly my muscles got warm, and how limber I felt. (guess that is thanks to the heat!)
T: not wanting to die during class! I am out of shape and was scared at the prospect of a 90 minute heated class.
I wish I had…
B: brought a change of clothes, as I was so sweaty afterwards!
T: taken sips of water more frequently during class. My head was pounding 3/4 of the way through from the heat!
Would you do it again?
B: Yes, absolutely, but maybe for a 60 minute class. We tried the 90 minute and that was rather long!
T: Yes, I loved pushing my muscles and feeling sore the next day. 60 minutes would be perfect as I agree that 90 minutes was a little long.