There’s always something new and trendy on the fitness market and this year hot Yoga got a lot of buzz. I’m not a fan of Yoga to be honest because I don’t feel like it does anything for me or my body. Many people swear by Yoga and its benefits like improved flexibility, better blood circulation and relaxation just to name a few. Hot yoga also known as Bikram Yoga is a 90 minute, 26 posture series practiced in a heated room with high humidity (40 degrees to be exact). The 26 posture series designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons, in the order in which they should be stretched.
How to prepare:
- Stay hydrated! You’re going to sweat like crazy so its important to be hydrated
- Pack two towels. Bring a beach or bath towel to place over your mat and prevent yourself from slipping and sliding. You may also want an additional small towel to wipe yourself off between exercises and after class.
- Dress lightly. Dress for comfort and to minimize heat and weight on your body. The lighter and more spare, the better.
- Find R150 to spend in this junk status economy.
The actual experience:
Intense! It was extremely challenging for me. You’re not allowed to close your eyes to avoid passing out so I didn’t get how it was mean to relax me. I don’t know about you but when you’re dripping with sweat, you automatically want to wipe yourself down but in hot yoya you’re discouraged from wiping yourself down but instead expected to “be one” with it (How Sway?!)
The actual positions weren’t too difficult but the heat really does get to you. 90 minutes has never felt so long! 30 mins into it I was ready to leave but you can’t leave because the heat will leave the room. I didn’t feel relaxed nor did I feel at ease but more uncomfortable and agitated with the sweat dripping that I wasn’t allowed to wipe. 50 minutes into the thing I kind of checked out. I sat there for the rest of time thinking about how I could have spent my R150 that I’ll never get back. The Yoga instructor was super friendly and was very understanding.
Side note: I dont know why I didn’t take off my wig cause it just made the experience a thousands time more uncomfortable. I was so tempted to just rip it off.
It was fun to try something new and so intense but I wouldn’t pay another R150 to sweat for 90 minutes again. I only recommend try it if its FREE but its a no for me.
With love, Nollie.