The Hot Yoga Challenge: D 17 Back at it baby, Hot Core

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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 ‘Power Vinyasa Flow’ 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.

UPDATE: I am down a pound, almost two, after the first week. That is not much could as well just be a good day to jump on the scale ;-). But we will see how it continues!  

UPDATE DAY 15: Those hamstrings are slowly loosening up. I can’t believe it. Generally, I feel the strength building up in my body! The strength to focus on my breath, controling it, keeping my legs and core strong to work with the poses. And..slowly but surely, I am able to get out of my head and thoughts. This is just wonderful.

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Day 17: Hot Core

6 – 7.15 PM

Instructor: Crystal

That was a hard core Yoga class and one hell of a healthy sweat. Best way to start the week, if you’re asking me. Crystal brings an outstanding power to class and finished the major part of the class that was designed by a mix of flow and holding yoga postures that made the sweat drip up strong with some traditional core workouts. The last pores were opened up to sweat it out and feel all renewed after that, I tell ya ;-). It was a little hard to feel that Yoga sensation of relaxing the mind, as this one is supposed to be a powerful, loud, funny, challenging class and Crystal cranked up some Britney.

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BUT I had my little sensation. During Savasana I put that heavenly little cloth that we all receive after class (lemon scented & cold) above my nose & eyes, just as I always do. This time, the cloth was moving with my breath, pumping, like a heart, opening up and closing on me. It made it really easy to relax, and it made me think of nothing but how much we depend on our breath. No breath, no heartbeat. No heartbeat, no breath. No life. No chance to experience. Those things just go by because we wouldn’t exist without them, it is the first and last thing we do, and sometimes it is just wonderful to get the chance to appreciate them. Like when you’re in love and you have your ear on your partners heart and listen to its beat for the first time. I appreciated my breath and my healthy heart yesterday.

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