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! Day 1 will start with a class that is called ‘Vinyasa Flow II’ at around 30°C. I want to take it easy for at least the first two classes before I actually enter the hot room and ‘Soul Hot Yoga’ offers a couple of warm classes for explorers.
Day 6: Warm Vinyasa Flow
9.30 – 10.45 AM
Wowsa! I’ve done a Warm Vinyasa Flow class before, remember? Day 2, the noon class that was almost empty and rather slow and relaxed. So I went this morning for another one, different instructor this time, but I thought it won’t get that hot and just pinned up half of my hair and let the rest free in my neck. I went to class on 4 hours of sleep that night and no breakfast – those were probably not the best conditions and I sure felt it towards the end when I struggled holding some poses. But But But, that was just an awesome class! The sweat was dripping off my face and it felt really detoxing and I felt loosening up. Alexa gave us one hell of a great workout. The flows were really good and I especially liked the twists she made us do as I heard and felt it cracking in my back a couple of times. I feel like Day 6 has been an important day for the Challenge! I feel improvement, not particularly in any pose, but in myself letting go and easing into it. Which makes me so happy! This is one of the most important parts on your yoga journey. There is probably no such thing as perfection, but setting goals again and again and reaching them peacefully.
On my way home the radio surprised me with Usher’s ‘U got it bad’ this time, so I sang my heart out to it as I did years ago when I was a stupid teenager, haha.