It was 97 degrees yesterday, which typically would have led me fleeing to anywhere with air conditioning. I decided to just embrace the heat, and why not do so in a room with 20 other people?
So I fled to a new to me Hot Yoga studio called Lhotse Yoga. (Pronounced like lots-a…as in I do lotsa hot yoga!)
After my longest run of the year, I knew that my poor hip flexors needed some love. And with what I had on the books for Tuesday nights workout, I knew my hips needed to be loosened up!
This hot yoga class was my sixth class ever since delving into the hot yoga world a few months ago.
People always ask me how I like hot yoga, and I respond that it’s a love-hate thing.
I say love-hate, because it really does take time to get your mind & body used to the heat of the class. The heat waves come and go, and usually it’s bearable.
The heat also makes the stretches and poses so much easier and they feel so much better!
And I typically leave class feeling like I just came home from a long run. I’m drenched with sweat and feeling high on life.
It’s that feeling that puts the love in hot yoga for me.
The hate feeling I get with hot yoga is that these classes are typically longer than a regular yoga class. They can run anywhere from 75-90 minutes long. And there is a bit lacking in the relaxation and meditative areas in these classes too.
It’s a lot more fast paced, they tend to play really upbeat music, as well as throwing in a lot of ab workouts. (I’m all for ab workouts, but when I want to do yoga, sometimes I just want to do yoga).
My class last night had a similar approach that I have learned before, but I rather enjoyed the way they heated their studio.
I was dripping with sweat as per usual, but for some reason it did not feel as hot as it usually does. It wasn’t a heavy heat. The sweat just dripped off and I went on with my hot yoga business with no issues.
Typically I have had a few moments throughout class where I may have felt dizzy for a moment, or even spouts of nausea. But you just put yourself in childspose for a minute and it goes away.
I did not have any issues in class last night. And even though they did a whole 20 minutes of abs + pilates routine, I still left there happy as a clam!
Tonight’s adventures are all about the hips….oh yeah! I’m finally cashing in my groupon for Belly Dancing lessons! (Will recap on Thursday!)
Wish me LOTS-A luck! 🙂