Last month, I bought a Groupon for 5 classes of hot yoga at Soul Yoga. I had heard a little bit about - you do yoga in a hot room. How hard could it possibly be?? I have taken yoga classes before...the relaxing kind. So I thought, "the heat should just make it even more relaxing".
The day of my first class came. I packed my gym bag with some sweats, a tank top, and also a 3/4 length cute sparkly top. I was going to be the new girl in class so I wanted to look cute, right?? And I also had my brand new yoga mat!! I was so prepared!!
I walk into the class and notice the other girls in the class had these towels over their mats that I didn't have. I asked and they said it was to absorb the sweat. NO WAY was I going to sweat THAT much!! WRONG!!! Did I mention that I didn't bring water or any type of towel? Thank goodness I had a tank top on underneath!!! I took my "cute" shirt off and had to use it as a towel!! **Remember this is immediately after I walked in**
The instructor comes in and says we are going to start in child's pose, then we moved on to plank, downward dog and some other moves that I'm actually familiar with! Then we started doing moves like pigeon, dolphin, crow, and I believe we even did something called chaturanga. I was thinking "chat your whata???"
By about 15 minutes in, I'm drenched!! I should've had one of those "special" towels! I mean, I am sweating through pores in my legs...I didn't even know that was possible!! My cute shirt was now a sweat drenched nasty shirt! I look down and notice a pool of sweat by my mat. Can we all say "GROSS" together?!?! Oh it gets better :)
I'm sure anyone that has had deodorant on while working up a sweat has experienced this next part...I saved the best for last! I get home and I'm trying to show my wonderful hubby some of my new moves (I think I even fell flat on my face a couple times...he was VERY impressed) and he is nice enough to point out the the deodorant "clumps" underneath my arms! Oh yes, you know what I'm talking about!! Yea for deodorant clumps...hey at least I was wearing it! But I'm sure the other "yogis" (yes, that is what we yoga students are called...fancy I know) were thinking that poor girl with the clumpy deodorant! Note to husband...I could've gone without you pointing this gross and yucky unfortunate situation out to me!
Even with all of this, I LOVE HOT YOGA!!! I felt AMAZING afterwards!! Walking out into the cool (and by cool, I mean not 95 degrees like the yoga room) was like standing in front of the refrigerator on a hot summer day :) I felt taller, leaner, stronger and more aware of my body. And this was just the FIRST class!! I was officially hooked. A month later, having used my Groupon classes up, my hubby purchased an unlimited package for a month (I'm pretty sure he just felt bad for the deodorant incident) and I will probably continue this ever so addicting workout.
Oh and I did purchase a "special" towel to absorb my sweat (yuck), a hand towel to wipe my sweat (again, yuck) and even some yoga pants! And I will NEVER try to look "cute" for my hot yoga class again!!!
P.S. I met Tracie at my first yoga class...we were yoga newbies together and we've stuck with it together! Tonight, we did Yoga Happy Hour and I think we rocked :) We had an alcohol-included happy hour last week...we are trying to decide if we liked yoga or margarita happy hour better :)
P.P.S. Look what I did tonight after I got home!!! I was determined to get these moves down!