I can't believe that I'm in the home stretch of turning 24. Weird, right? Not that I'm complaining because I love my birthday and the warm weather it brings. So on Sunday afternoon, I crossed #11 off my 24 Before 24 list. I had purchased a GroupOn for YogaSouls. They offer several hot yoga variation classes, and after a double workout (boot camp and 13 miles) on Saturday, I was feeling pretty sore.
Off to yoga I went...
Even though the instructor asked if anyone was new, I kept my mouth shut and didn't miss a beat throughout the class. She gave little speeches to reassure us that if we fell out of a position, then it didn't mean we were failures. It takes great strength to keep our focus and go right back for the position. So with that in mind, I didn't feel discouraged when I lost my balance. I just kept going!
I didn't sweat as profusely as I thought I would, but I did sweat a lot. And I stretched and moved and balanced in ways that I didn't think were possible. The afterglow was immediate. Already, I felt my muscles relaxed and my mind at ease, ready to start a new week. If you're a runner, I highly recommend this form of yoga because you sweat like when you run, but you stretch (and do a little strength training and balance coordination) for over an hour and a half.
Have you ever taken a hot yoga class? I had taken a vinyasa hot yoga class, but I definitely think I like the bikram version better. Good thing I can still take 4 more classes!