After a long day in the kitchen in a new class, a three hour work shift, and a drive across town for another work meeting, I headed home exhausted and tired from a long day. I had a short 30 minutes at home with Casey before I jumped back into the car and headed up to Cotswold for some Hot Vinyasa with Kath!
Holy cow. Seriously, I have never been so hot in my entire life. I asked Tanner (our instructor) afterwards if the room was hotter than usual, and he said yes, probably due to the high temps and humidity outside (it’s 60 degrees in Charlotte!). According to him, the class is heated to over 100 degrees and it sure felt like it tonight! For the first time since I started these hot yoga classes, I actually considered leaving the room for a break. I was that hot. I really felt like I was going to pass out, but I was so shaky that I thought walking across the room to leave would actually make me pass out. Instead I just took a lot of breaks and guzzled my entire water bottle.
Maybe it was the high temps, or maybe it was too soon after the marathon, but this class really worked me – I am so shaky! That said, it was a great workout and I always leave class feeling totally stretched and relaxed, while also feeling like I got a good workout – the best of both worlds!
For those of you who haven’t tried HOT yoga, I seriously encourage you to give it a chance. My guess is that once you go hot, you never go back to normal yoga.
A few people have asked me what the point is of hot yoga. I know that personally, I just feel so much more rejuvenated and relaxed afterwards, but a Google search also led me to a few other reasons that hot yoga can be beneficial…
- The heat produces a fluid-like stretch allowing for greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body
- Capillaries dilate in the heat; more effectively oxygenating the tissues, muscles, glands and organs and helping in the removal of waste products
- Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
- You benefit from a strengthening of willpower, self control, concentration and determination in this challenging environment
- Your cardiovascular system gets a thorough workout
- Your muscles and connective tissue become more elastic and allow for greater flexibility with less chance of injury and improved resolution of injury
- Sweating promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin – which is the body’s largest eliminating organ
After my intense sweat session, I arrived home to find Huey practicing some Ashtanga in the living room…
Alright, I am off to finish homework for my new class that started today – New World Cuisine. Pictures and details tomorrow…