Late to the Hot Yoga Party

For the last six months or so, a few people in my office have been telling me about how great hot yoga is. I’ve tried just regular yoga and found it okay for sure, but it didn’t seem to grab me like it seems to interest other people. I decided to try a hot yoga class just to see what it was like courtesy of my friend, Olga, who gave a “first class free” coupon to a studio in Yaletown.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect other than it was hot, sweaty, and so sweaty while doing the yoga that I could expect my clothes to be soaked. I followed the instructions on the coupon – no eating 2 hours before, be well hydrated and bring water. I decided on just bringing some workout clothes with me and to rent everything at the studio because I didn’t want to drag two wet towels, wet clothes and bottles of water home with me on the bus. The yoga place I went to rented everything – towels, mats, lockers and had bottles of water and juice for a fee.

The area where we did the yoga was a large, dry sauna area with mirrors on three walls and a rubbery floor. It was clean, clean, clean and I felt warm and comfortable right away – just resting before the class started. Once the class started, I found the exercises to be simple, but not easy in the heat and it turns out that although my body is pretty comfortable in front of a computer 10+ hours per day, it is NOT comfortable bending or stretching anymore. Yikes. The class was 90 minutes long and I lasted 70. Not bad for a first try. The instructor spoke quickly with reminders of breathing, keeping the legs tight, and on and on and was very conscientious of the class – checking in to see if her students were okay, and as I was sitting outside the hot yoga room, I noticed her peaking out the window to make sure I was not fainting in the hallway. I wasn’t. I was just happy to feel some cool air.

Overall, it was a good experience, and now that I’ve realized I could use some more stretching and bending of my body, I think I’ll try a few more classes around town as there are hot yoga studios popping up all over the place. The next one I’ll try is somewhere on Commercial Street.

If anyone is interested in going to a free hot yoga class in Yaletown, leave me a comment and I can send you “a try a free class” coupon. I’ve got two coupons.

1 Comment so far

  1. Karen Ferguson (unregistered) on August 12th, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

    I’d love to give hot yoga a try if the offer still stands.

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