One year ago in the hectic city named Ho Chi Minh City in Southern Vietnam I discovered Yoga and what a difference it makes to your life. Both Vietnam and Yoga are now very important parts of my life. Click here if you want to read about how I started my path with Yoga in Vietnam. It has now been 3 months since I left Vietnam and I miss it quite terribly. Actually, 3 months right on the day. Wow.
I am now in Calgary, Canada. For my comeback to Yoga I chose to go with ‘Soul Hot Yoga’ right by Deerfoot Trail on 126th Ave, Calgary. I did a few regular Yoga classes in Vancouver but I was definitely missing the heat. I was more than happy to discover that I am surrounded by Hot Yoga studios in South Calgary and that they offer a 40$ unlimited trial for a month. So… why not make the most out of it, make it a challenge, go 30 times, every day for a month? See what it actually does to my body and mind.
As Hot Yoga is super popular in North America I thought this would be something interesting for a lot of people to follow. How will she feel after the classes? Which class has which effect? Which muscles will hurt afterwards? Will she make it? Does the heat actually make you loose more weight than regular Yoga classes? Are you able to burn up to a thousand calories per class, as the rumors say? Does the heat make it easier for you to stretch? If you google those questions you will get all kinds of results. So I want to give you the chance to actually follow me through my challenge, I will even weigh in and share it with you because well, I don’t give a shit ;). I’ve always weighed about the same, 55kg +/-. As right now, 1 day before I start my challenge, I am in the + section, 57,5kg (127 creepy pounds), I wouldn’t mind loosing some of that during the challenge. But it is not the point. I’m curious. I wanna test the rumors and really get to the bottom of that blazing topic of ‘Hot Hot Yoga’ . If you are too, well here we go!
The first two days have started with ‘warm’ Vinyasa classes. The experience was so positive that I felt ready for a challenge. Give me HOT CORE!
Day 3: Hot Core
4.45 – 5.45 PM
Instructor: Sean De Lima
Oh boy. My body was aching after two days of warm classes. I felt the Yoga from Neck to Toe. No pain, let’s say I was aware of my muscles. Hey, there you are! And I wasn’t sure if a Hot Core class on top of it would be the greatest idea. But, curiosity and enthusiasm won. I made my way through rush hour and got into the studio right on time. A few minutes to lie down on the mat and get used to the heat. And here we go. It was powerful, it was demanding, it was full of energy. And that is how I like my yoga class. The great stretch that only yoga can give you combined with core strengthening, sweaty workouts like sit ups, plank, side plank and many many more.
And I tell you something. The sore muscles I was worried about before, they are fine now!!!! WOW!
Definitely take water to class and drink enough before and afterwards. Since it is advised not to eat for up to 3 hours before practicing Hot Yoga, you really start watching your diet/nutrition. I feel like I need less and drink more, but I don’t feel like having less energy at all. Should be a good sign, no?!