I purchased a groupon deal a few months ago to Red Hot Yoga. For years I have contemplated hot yoga. The New To Me Cross Training challenge finally forced me out of my comfort zone. My friend Jessica also convinced me it was a good idea.
A little about Jessica: Jess and I became instant friends at our job seven years ago-we started on the same day and had a ton in common. She was the runner then though-I was clueless! Fast forward to 2009 and we ended up training together for my second 1/2 marathon and ran the entire race step for step. It was a blast.
Jessica had a baby in February and has slowly eased back into running. She has found a new love in Hot Yoga. It’s her Monday night “me time” and she let me crash her party. I’m sure she regrets it now…
I arrived before she did and started sweating immediately. Okay, I did run a quick 2 miles before the class but still, even the lobby was hot.
I checked in and found a place in the back of the room. I brought my mat, 2 towels, and 1 bottle of water with me. Jess arrived and I immediately began to question her sanity. She told me that the class repeats itself and it’s “really not that bad.”
Enter super skinny-super young-no-nonsense yoga teacher. She quickly instructed that if you leave the class at all you will not be allowed back in. Okay. Let’s begin.
Apparently, bikram yoga is a series of 26 postures. I had no idea. I was expecting a big arm/leg workout like I would normally get from vinyasa yoga and this was nothing like that. It was constant sweating and more of a stretching (or so it seemed to me) class. There were a few salutations, but again, nothing that felt like a workout. It seriously was just a sweatfest. I was running out of water long before the class was over and was panicking about the heat. And I was scared to leave the room to get more water for fear of not being let back in. Even Ms. No-Nonsense teacher said the room was hotter than usual. I honestly looked at my watch several times hoping the class would be over.
I couldn’t relax and I couldn’t get in the zone. Looking back, the whole class was a bit of a blur. Nothing stuck out as wonderful and fabulous. It was mostly hot. And sucky. When the class was over, I couldn’t get out of the room fast enough.
It felt cooler outside the studio than it did in the studio.
I will admit I did feel completely detoxed after leaving and chugged several NUUNs to make sure I wasn’t dehydrated later (Jess said after her first class she woke up with a killer headache in the middle of the night). My body actually felt pretty good.
I’m glad I tried hot yoga but I’m not sure I will go back to use any more of the groupon deal. Hot yoga is supposed to be good for you-a girl in the studio told me you burn around 600 calories in one class. But, I think I would rather go running for an hour.
Have you tried Hot Yoga? Did you like it?