I never thought I would enjoy a training style as much as I do throwing around some weights at the gym. Yoga and weight lifting are complete opposites, yet they compliment each other so well. Each gives you a unique post-workout feeling. When I leave the gym after a great training session I feel high on life. When I leave the yoga studio I feel like my soul has been refreshed.
*whispers to self… namaste*
It’s something you have to experience yourself to understand.
Between weight lifting, running and yoga I feel the most balanced physically than I have in my entire life. I also feel stronger mentally and physically.
So why did it take me so long to try yoga? Well, once I am stuck in a routine, it’s hard for me to break out of the box and try something new. I enjoyed my time at the gym so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Right? or Wrong.
Wrong. Don’t put boundaries on your life, you can always try new things!
I’ll admit the first few classes were challenging – honestly more mentally than physically. Once you get down some of the main poses, (and get past the feeling of suffocating in the heat) you can focus more on form, flexibility, and balance.
Hot Yoga- The Good, The Great, and The Ugly:
- Don’t get discouraged if you can’t do a split after your first class. Good things take time.
- You are going to sweat, A LOT – bring a towel for your mat, and for your seat in the car.
- Don’t wear eye makeup unless you want to look like a raccoon leaving class. (Yes, I learned that the hard way.)
- You will EVENTUALLY adjust to the heat. Being hydrated prior to class is key.
- You will learn patience, and balance. Listen to your body.
- You will become stronger and leaner.
- You thought butt sweat was bad on booty day at the gym? Try hot yoga.
- Set a date with your shower right after class. Your hair will be a hot mess..
- You will feel amazing.
- It will become an addiction.
I wouldn’t call myself a yogi, but I’m pretty obsessed. If you love hot yoga, leave me a comment below!