How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic, and I have three great workouts and lots of fun to share to with you, including a delicious homemade apple pie! But, I’m dedicating today’s post to talking about Friday night’s hot yoga class!
Vinyasa Vibes: Hot Yoga with a DJ
Ya’ll, this might have been the toughest yoga class I’ve taken yet!
Let’s set the scene: I, along with probably 30 other sweaty, minimally clothed bodies, crowded into a room heated to at least 95*, did one too many planks, and sweated our butts off for an hour while a tiny beast of an instructor made me second guess why I ever thought this was a good idea.
Just kidding, it wasn’t nearly as torturous as it sounds! The best part though? The DJ!
As Taylor, the instructor, sounded out the flows and poses, the DJ played coordinating techno music. I basically felt like we were doing yoga in Express. And? It was awesome! It was SO much fun having a DJ there to play music that just makes you want to dance, but at the same time, really focus on your current pose.
Here’s just one of the songs I remember hearing, if you need a better idea of the genre…
The class was tough, and really had me working HARD. There were a few times where I just had to fall out of a pose, or put my leg down just to breathe for a second. And, I kept slipping all over my mat from the ungodly amount of sweat pouring off my body.
I think the key to these classes is to NOT look at anyone around you, or sniff too hard. But in all seriousness, my legs and core were definitely pushed past what I thought was my breaking point, so I loved pushing myself and proving to myself that I could keep up and hold it!
I had my water bottle with me, and thank goodness I brought my Hydro Flask or else my water may have been boiling by the end of class! Be sure and check out Hydro Flask and their vaccum insulated water bottles – they’re pretty much lifesavers.
The instructor had us doing plank after plank after plank and lots of good long holds in warriors, triangle, chairs, and then these painful knee-to-elbow/nose/opposite side plank hold things – whew! Those were painful! I wish I was versed enough in yoga to really tell you everything we did, but believe you me, I think we just about covered it.
As soon as class was over, I knew I needed to get outside to the cooler air ASAP, but not go too fast. I’ve never practiced in heat that high before, so I knew I’d probably feel woozy afterwards. I ended up sitting outside for a few minutes as I drank my water and rehydrated because I felt a little lightheaded. After cooling back off, I was good to go and felt like I had just conquered the world.
The next day though? To say my legs were TIRED would be an understatement! My planned 4 mile run quickly turned into a painful two miler. And as much as I hated feeling so worn out the next day, I knew it was a sign of a great, tough workout the night before!
I was thankful to have gone to the class with a friend, and met one of her friends as well. It’s always less intimidating to do something new when you don’t feel like you’re alone!
Here’s an ACTUAL group photo from the class, via FB. I’m the one squatting third from the left in the second row trying not to pass out on the sweaty guy in front of me. Or smell his BO. Let’s just be real. Of course, he was probably trying not to smell mine as well.
Overall though, I will definitely be back! It was a blast, and well worth my time, for sure!
When’s the last time you really felt like you were pushing your limits? What is your favorite part about a hard workout? Do you enjoy sweating, or not so much?