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Vinyasa Vibes: Hot Yoga with a DJ

Hi friends!

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.

hot yoga class

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.

hot yoga funny 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.

sweaty yoga

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!

funny yoga guy

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.

old faithful

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.

hot yoga poses

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.

pass out

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!

everything hurts

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!

hot yoga in little rock at barefoot

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.

vinyasa vibes hot yoga class

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?

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22 Comments

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    August 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    The thought of doing yoga with a DJ sounds so fun! The thought of doing yoga in 90 degrees does not sound as fun haha.
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      Sweet Miles
      August 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Haha! Very true! I was terrified of the hot yoga for the longest time, but after doing it, I’m glad I gave it a shot!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    August 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    This post has made me certain of something I have been thinking about a lot recently, I am not pushing myself enough with my workouts. I am comfortable with them, but change and improvement doesn’t come from being comfortable. So I am going to give myself a kick up the butt.
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      Sweet Miles
      August 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Haha! Good for you! Glad I could inspire you 🙂

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    kristin
    August 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    yoga with a dj sounds rad!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      It was a blast!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    August 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    The class I take on Saturdays is a hot flow class and it’s definitely way more challenging than regular hot yoga, but in an awesome way! I think it’d be so much fun to have a DJ at the class. I’m usually pretty sore the next day too!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Oh that sounds pretty similar to what we did! The flow-y stuff that’s repetitive can be tough! I’m glad I’m not the only one who ends up sore afterwards!

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    Brooke@SweetnSweaty
    August 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I have to say my HIIT class I did this morning was pretty challenging! 300 jumping jacks and 40 burpees for as many rounds as possible! Ouch!

    I LOVE to sweat hence my name Sweet & Sweaty! This actually generated from my love for hot yoga! HOT with sweat dripping is my favorite way to yoga!

    I was hoping to get your advice on running in Nashville. I’m going over Labor day weekend and need to get in a 10 mile run per my training schedule. Do you have any reccomendations of close to downtown that I could get in my mileage?!?
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      Sweet Miles
      August 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Yes ma’am! Look into: Shelby Bottoms, Edwin Warner Park and Percy Warner Park 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      August 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      I will be there labor day weekend too!! Or at least Friday night and then again on actual labor day!

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      Sweet Miles
      August 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      300 jumping jacks and 40 burpees over and over again sounds like pure punishment to me! But so worth it!

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    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    August 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I am not a big fan of yoga because I don’t think you get a good enough workout, but I have always wanted to try hot yoga since you sweat so much in it, making it feel like a great workout!
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      Sweet Miles
      August 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      I had the same mind set as you! But since you do so many body-weight holds and core moves that you don’t do in running, it really is a huge workout! However, I’m with you, nothing could ever replace the workout I get from running 🙂 That’s for sure!

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    Molly Rose
    August 4, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    You killed it with those pics! haha, made me laugh. Glad you are loving yoga!
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    Ashley
    August 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I have a serious love/hate relationship with classes like these. They really do wipe you out for days!

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    Ganeeban
    August 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Your pictures have me dying! Wow, sounds like a great workout, those are always good ones to remember. I love to hate being sore after a really, really good workout! I also think yoga and a DJ are fun, I’ve never done that before. Yoga and wine, yes…but no DJ! xoxo, ganeeban
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    Kylie Rose
    August 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    This has got to be the most bizzarre, sweaty, cool workout ever!! You’re so inspiring you little health nut you 😉

    xoxoxo
    Kylie

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    Lauren
    August 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    When I lived in Boston, I went to a hip hop yoga class (vinyasa to old-school hip-hop or pop), and it was awesome! The music really helped you push and get yourself out of your head to just move. They would fit 100 people in a room…it was such a cool experience to sweat + move with that many people.
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      Sweet Miles
      August 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      That sounds AWESOME!!! I would love some old school hip hop! It really is empowering to move with that many people!

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