A couple weeks ago, I was invited to attend an event at my gym, GoodLife Fitness, for the opening of their new Hot Yoga studio. I’ve done hot yoga before so I sort of knew what to expect going in. But I was still a bit apprehensive because the first few times I tried hot yoga weren’t exactly the best. However, this time, I actually enjoyed the session.
The first time I went to hot yoga, I was still really new to yoga. Combining my inexperience, the fact that it was power yoga and the overly oppressive heat made for a not so enjoyable experience. But, my yoga practice has grown a lot since then, and I was able to hold my own a lot better this time around. Plus, coming off an insanely long winter, there was no way I was going to complain about the heat.
After the hour long hot yoga class, we were given light refreshments and a chance to mingle with other students and yoga instructors. It was a fun event and I wish I was able to get pictures, but I didn’t have permission from everyone attending. Luckily, I can do you one better than pictures of infused water, Kind bars and sweaty yogis.
My friends at GoodLife Fitness were kind enough to provide me with a free one month membership, to any of their 300+ locations, to giveaway to one lucky reader. You can enter the giveaway at the very bottom of the post, but first I wanted to share a little bit about why I’m hoping to attend more hot yoga sessions in the future.
1. It’s different
I’ve made no secret of the fact that my workouts have been boring me for the last few months. I fell into a rut sometime around February and wasn’t able to crawl out for a long time. One of my best cures for workout ruts is switching it up, so having hot yoga sessions on my fitness class rotation will go a long way to staving off future boredom.
2. It’s outside my comfort zone
I’m still not terribly confident in my yoga skills. I’m constantly trying new things, and usually failing. Downward dog and child’s pose are my best friends and inversions are so beyond me it’s not funny. To say I find yoga challenging would be an understatement. And hot yoga is even more so. But, I know that my biggest accomplishments happen when I step outside of my comfort zone, so that’s what I’m hoping to do.
3. It’s relaxing
Lifting and cardio help me to destress, but I wouldn’t say they’re relaxing. When I come home from the gym after a workout, I’m exhausted and energized at the same time. I have tension is whatever body part I worked out that day. Then I wake up the next day feeling just a little bit sore. And it’s glorious. Yoga on the other hand, is challenging and requires extreme feats of strength, but it’s a lot more restful. And sometimes I just need to do something a bit more relaxing to help me figure out the mess in my brain; especially now when I have so much uncertainty in my life around graduation, potentially moving and finding a full time job.
What about you?
Do you remember your first yoga/hot yoga experience? Are you a fan of hot yoga? Why do/don’t you enjoy it?
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I made the same decision not too long ago – I never thought I’d like hot yoga (love yoga, not so much the hot part!) but for so many reasons I’ve decided to make it a regular part of my routine. Love the point about lifting and cardio helping to destress, but not necessarily relax or calm the mind. So true!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
I’ve never done yoga is an actual heated room, but I have done it in rooms that were…super hot, hahahaha!
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Giselle Rochford says
LOL you should try it some time 🙂
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says
I do love hot yoga and I get really into it for a while then kind of fall off the wagon. I like it a lot more in the winter time.
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I’m glad you found something great that works for you. I can handle regular yoga, but I don’t do well with “hot” anything. It always makes me dizzy, nauseous and lightheaded. So that’s out for me 🙁
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I love yoga but have yet to try HOT yoga. I am kind of intimidated by it.
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Giselle Rochford says
So was I the first time I tried it. But honestly, once you’re comfortable actually doing yoga, the heat isn’t as bad as you’d think. You should give it a try 🙂
Kathryn @ Dancing to Running says
I’ve been to hot yoga once, and really liked the experience. I don’t know why I haven’t been back!
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Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
I don’t do hot yoga. I sweat so much when I run, and I do yoga to destress and stretch! I’ve heard great things about hot yoga, tho, and I’m glad you liked it!
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Mar @ Mar on the Run says
huge, HUGE fan of hot yoga!! it’s the only way I tend to even practice yoga! I love Core Power Yoga and their hot yoga with weights class.
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Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC says
i’m really terrible at yoga but have enjoyed the hot yoga class i took. good luck to folks entering your giveaway!
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Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes says
I love yoga! I haven’t tried out hot yoga yet though, it’s on my to do list 🙂
I’ve done plenty of yoga where they heat up the room but it’s not official Bikram. I need more yoga in my life!
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Gis Elle says
Hot yoga is cool! Makes me all red though!
jill conyers says
Love love hot yoga! The feeling before during and after is beyond compare. Enjoy Giselle!
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Nicole @ Fitful Focus says
I tried hot yoga once. I enjoyed the flow and the sweating but it was 90 minutes! Too long for me.
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Coach Henness says
I’ve only done Corepower’s heated yoga. It was a challenge for sure. If I were to keep doing it I’d want to invest in one of those microfiber towels that everyone seems to put over their mat. I was slipping all over the place! Extra core points for me.
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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs says
I love hot yoga, but attend very sporadically. I wish my GoodLife location had a hot yoga studio, that would be amazing!
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I LOVE hot yoga but I HATE having to pack for it! Haha. Towel for the mat, towel for the shower, towel for my hair because it’s long as hell, then a change of clothes haha.
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MCM Mama Runs says
I’m not a fan of hot yoga. I don’t love yoga in general, but I hate being hot even more. So choosing to do something I wasn’t loving in unbearable heat totally didn’t work for me LOL.
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Patty @ Reach Your Peak says
I’ve only done hot yoga once and would love to do it again! Sadly there are no hot yoga studios near me though but I should do more yoga in general!
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I’ve always wanted to try hot yoga and a studio just opened up near my house. I’ll definitely have to try it soon. I think it will be really interesting to see how it’s different from vinyasa yoga, the kind I usually do.
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Nice information provided. i also love yoga but yet i hadn’t try hot yoga.
William Callahan says
Am I the only one with one leg more flexible than the other? 😹😹I just started your exercises, I almost died but I will continue until I achieve them without stopping
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John Gatesby says
After every new workout I have experienced pains of varying intensities and it used to be very uncomfortable but then once I read an interview of a fitness expert who gave a very nice perspective about the post workout pain, he said “you experience pain because that particular body part is weak, it is paining because you are strengthening it through this workout”. This was so inspiring, after that I actually started celebrating post workout pain.
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Acerola flavor says
I always like to go to hot yoga training i love to watch them haha
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