30 days of hot yoga: week 1

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Since it’s cooler and there’s a Bikram yoga studio nearby, I’ve decided to try out their “30 days of hot yoga” offer. It’s basically a $39 pass where I can do as many yoga classes as I want in 30 days.

While I’ve dabbled in hot yoga in the past, I’ve never stuck around long enough to see any real benefits, so I’m keen to make the most of it this time around.

I’d love to challenge myself every day, but working full time and studying means it’s just not possible, so I’m aiming for at least three classes a week. That’s got to count as a challenge, right?

What I really want to test out is if it’s going to help me achieve everything it promises:

– Reshape your body
– Reduce the risk of sports injury and promote recovery
– Reduce the effects of stress
– Tone and strengthen muscles
– Develop increased strength, balance, flexibility, coordination and endurance (mental and physical)
– Increase your energy level

Today was my first class of the week and I’ll admit, I’m quite achey – in a good way. For instance, my legs feel like anchors and my back feels like it’s been stretched like a rubber band. And my forearms, weirdly enough, have this bruised feeling.

Still, I think doing hot yoga will be a welcome (but challenging) change to my fitness routine, especially since I’ve been told that it’s a great way to balance my vata dosha. Definitely not looking forward to the cold walks to the studio but at least I’ll be warm and toastie inside!

Will keep you updated on my progress.

Namaste,

christine-x

P.S. Into Pilates? You might like to check out my mini Q & A with my amazing teacher, Sonia Forato.

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2 thoughts on “30 days of hot yoga: week 1

  1. around the third week- if you’re feeling up to it, you should give a back-to-back class a try- I only ever did them during the challenges and they took me someplace off the grid in an amazing way 🙂 (obviously do as your body advises above all else!) xx

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