It's been almost 3 months since I got back into yoga, hooray! It's been great so far and I really wish I didn't wait so long to get started again. Today I wanted to specifically talk about Hot Yoga which I started back on Friday, April 21st. I mentioned in my previous post that the idea of "Hot Yoga" freaked me out. I hate the heat! I don't like Summer! I'm clumsy, I'll probably slip on my own sweat and break my face. But Firefly Yoga in Fishkill is sooooo close to home. I wanted to include more Vinyasa into my practice because I missed that flow movement and it feels like a full body workout.
I talked about signing up for a Power Vinyasa class, taking the class, and hating the class because I thought I was going to die from the heat, I was thinking negative thoughts about myself the whole time, but I couldn't stop thinking about the class afterward. I've been back every Friday since - I went this morning! It is just one hour but it is the most difficult hour I put my body through.
I learned my lesson after the first class. I need to hydrate starting the day before, not just that morning. Thursdays I am drinking water all day and peeing a lot. When I went back the following week, I was better prepared for the heat and the mind games that may happen. This time was better. I still took breaks when needed but I kept my mind on my breath and in each pose as I mentally cheered myself on instead of being self deprecating. I was still super wiped out afterward but felt good.
In the weeks following, I can see a difference in my body. Poses I struggled with the previous week were more solid the following week. I know there will be weeks where my body will still struggle but these Hot Yoga classes have been more mentally challenging than physical - don't get me wrong, they are REALLY intense physically and sometimes my lower back just doesn't want to have it, but I see it as a real mind over matter practice. Plus my teacher, Noelle, is super sweet, it's hard to hate her lol!
Now I feel like I've turned into one of those Crossfit people who never shut up about doing Crossfit, except it's Hot Yoga. I'm just so excited to have a regular practice and exercise routine again!
- How Trying Something Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Pull You Out of a Mental Rut - Tiny Buddha
- Is Hot Yoga Good For You? - New York Times