Ten Things I Learned from Hot Yoga
- Yoga is hard. Anyone who says otherwise is a. lying or b. dumb. It is challenging to not only your body, but your mind as well.
- Going to your first hot yoga class two days after giving blood probably isn’t the greatest idea. I got a little lightheaded halfway through and I couldn’t tell if that was because it was hot or because I’m down red blood cells (did you know it takes over a month for your red blood cells to get back up to normal count? Crazy!)
- My progression during class went something like this:
Excited/nervous/I can totally do this!:
Okay, it’s getting a little difficult:
Child’s pose is my friend:
- Yoga helps me unwind and focus. I noticed that the second I left the studio my mind started going a mile a minute again. For 90 minutes, it was nice to be able to focus on my breathing, my form, my balance, my posture, my intention. Nothing else.
- Setting an intention or dedicating the class to someone or something at the beginning is crucial. I find it helps me to focus on that one thing in conjunction with my breathing, and not the 502,129 things that are on my to-do list. I dedicated my practice today to my best friend’s baby, Damian. Damian is only three months old and is facing some pretty serious health issues. We did a lot of twists that are supposed to help the liver and the digestive tract, so I sent some positive energy his way. Also, it helps that two of my favorite poses are named after children: Child’s Pose and Happy Baby.
- Becoming a sweaty mess is a given. I have never sweat so much in my life. I was literally dripping, pouring buckets from every exposed area.
- Wear proper attire. Today I wore running shorts and a tank. Next time I will definitely wear capris.
- A good playlist makes all the difference. I was super into the music the instructor put on. It included things like Sideways and Wicked Game.
- Artificial cherry cheesecake pudding is not ideal after doing natural, holistic yoga.
- I will have no money after my unlimited month is up. I can really see myself falling in love with hot yoga. Good for my body and mind, bad for my wallet.