The Hot Yoga Challenge: D 18 Hot Hatha & Folding-Forward Spinach

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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 DAY 8: 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.

UPDATE DAY 18: Hi there hips. Hello almost split.

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Day 18: Hot Hatha

7.30 – 8.45 PM

Instructor: Alexa

Sooooo I really wanted to go to another Hot Hatha class because I enjoyed it so much the last time. But I was sooo hungry before I couldn’t control myself, so I cooked and had a big dinner til 6.30PM. I know that I shouldn’t do that, you’re supposed not to eat heavily up to 4 hours prior to class. Today, my stomach was louder than my brain and it told me ‘naaah, it won’t be too bad. How bad can it be? It’s worse to practice with food on your mind!”. Oh food was on my mind. It was so bad, especially the first down dogs and forward folds, being upside down with ham, spinach and potatoes in my belly…mhhhhhh yum! And that awesome onion smell on my hands…just lovely. Haha. I am such a fool. Without that it would have been a wonderful class and I still took my profit from it. I can feel huge improvement in the flexibility of my hip and thighs, I am way closer to a split, actually pretty close on the right side :) so..yay! It’s going well.

Yoga shouldn’t be an on-off relationship. Yoga should be your constant. It is so fascinating how you can watch and feel your own body change with another class, another day, another mood, another exhale. Practicing Yoga always means learning. Just like life! You never stop learning.

What I learned today: Don’t eat before class.

Cheers!

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