Yesterday I took my first hot yoga class ever at a studio here in Boston where one of my friends works. I was very skeptical about being in a 95 degree room for an hour and a half but she promised me it would be amazing, so I went along with it. I brought with me a huge bottle of ice water (mostly ice) and my regular yoga mat. The class was more women than men but there were still a variety of people, some older and some younger. I think the thing I was most nervous about was passing out from the heat, but that didn’t happen. In fact the hour and a half long class was one of the best yoga classes I’ve ever taken. Throughout the class I felt comfortable stopping for water or to wipe the sweat off my face whenever I need to. I also didn’t over think the heat, having the teacher talking and me focusing on my body movements really distracted me from the fact that I was sweating buckets, literally.
I have NEVER sweat so much in my life, but I really felt amazing after. Sweating out all those toxins at first had me very “blissed out” then gave me a lot of energy that I didn’t have before. Being in such a hot room also allowed my muscles to stretch a lot more then they would be able to in a room temperature room. I was able to do things I didn’t think I could, and stretch more than I thought I was able to. I 100% will be doing more hot yoga and dragging more of my friends with me. More people need to learn about hot yoga, if you have the chance to do hot yoga, do it! You may love it, or you may hate it, but everything is worth trying once!