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I Tried 1 Week of Hot Yoga…and Lowkey Died

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I had always told myself that I would never do hot yoga. I’ve always heard people talk about it to help detox and aid in weight loss. Which if I’m being honest, was not appealing to me at ALL. Maybe the detox part…a little, but hello, I clearly do not need to lose any weight. If you know me or have been reading for a long time, you may know that I’ve struggled with trying to gain weight pretty much my entire life. So anything that claims to “aid in weight loss,” I avoid like the plague. But I challenged myself and tried it anyway. Here’s how it went…

As I’m getting older and more mature, I’m learning to accept every part of me and to stop stressing. I am healthy and that’s all that should matter. There were many things I said I probably would “never” do in the past, but I’m working on being more open-minded. As I continued to explore my love for yoga and try new forms, I came across yet again, another hot yoga studio. This one was so perfectly designed that it drew me in immediately! [Shout out to their marketing and interior designer.] Despite believing that I would never take a hot yoga class, I was willing to try something new.

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Benefits of Hot Yoga

Yoga, in general, can be beneficial for our mind, body, and soul, so once the heat is added, just imagine what else it can do. Here are the key benefits I took away from doing this particular style of yoga.

  • Detoxifying– By the time I was halfway through the class, I was dripping in sweat. Sweating is known as probably the easiest way to get rid of toxins in the body. After this week I even noticed a few breakouts come through. The skin is usually the first place you notice the after-effects of detox!
  • Increased strength (mentally and physically)– Your body is pushed to the limit doing these poses in 95-degree heat, so it’s a challenge that helps to build strength.

How It Started

I arrived at the studio with just enough time to check-in, get a mini tour and browse through the retail. The studio was full of clean white lines with beautiful gold and pink accents. There was a variety of retail that caught my eye: from beauty products to yoga gear, I wanted it all. The products were displayed neatly on minimalist shelving. There was even a smoothie bar that featured healthy concoctions for post-workout bliss.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect walking into the class, but as soon as I walked by that studio 1 door, I was immediately hit with intense heat. Not going to lie, I almost backed out. However, I had already woken up super early on my day off and drove all this way, so there was no turning back now. I found a locker to put my stuff in and set my shoes outside the door as everyone else did. I then found my spot in the room, laid out my mat and towel and waited for the class to begin.

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When I Lowkey Died…

I’m just being extra. But, halfway through the class, I really start to feel the heat. I had been on a yoga hiatus for about a month and a half and it was showing. My sore muscles combined with 95-degree heat had me literally dripping in sweat. I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much before I went to this class. It was intense. By the time we were 45 minutes in, I started to feel light headed. Then I thought to myself, “I probably should’ve eaten before class.” I usually don’t eat before regular early morning yoga classes, so I thought this would be no different. Man, was I wrong! In order to get myself together, I focused more on my breathing, drank water and sat in child’s pose occasionally. Not long after, we were laying in Shavasana and class was about to be over.

I made it through and was so proud that I lasted the entire class despite feeling faint. I trusted myself and got comfortable with being in an uncomfortable situation.

Life Lesson: Life is too short to be afraid to try new things. Try that hot yoga class, travel to that new place, and learn that new skill!
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Will this be my new go-to? Probably not. But I will definitely try it again.

xo,

Kristen

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