hot yoga is no joke.
After work I headed on over to the gym to get in my run. I ended up doing about 30 minutes of intervals. Intervals really make the run go by so much faster. Plus That 70’s Show was on, so I was watching that and time flew by. Hamstring felt great so the run was a success! I figured I shouldn’t eat dinner before I went to the yoga class, so I dropped by Whole Foods and picked up a Pink Lady apple. This was my first time trying a Pink Lady, and it was realllly really good! I’m not sure if its better than a honeycrisp, but it was a delicious snack. I made sure to have an afternoon snack because I knew i wouldn’t be getting dinner before yoga, so I had my Nature’s Path energy bar. Eh, I wasn’t really a fan. I think the blueberry Z bar and blueberry crisp cliff bar blow this one out of the water personally.
So I’m not quite sure what my rounded out feelings are for Bikram yoga. I got there a little early, and settled into the room. At first I thought it was really hot but then I adjusted and felt fine and did a little stretching before hand. This yoga class was by far the most difficult fitness related thing I have ever done. The room was heated to 90 degrees but there were 30+ people in the class so the instructor said it was definitely over 100. Supposedly people had been complaining that it wasn’t hot enough in the rooms during the classes, so they made sure to up the temp. The heat really helped with loosening my muscles, i could stretch further than i had been able to any time previously. I felt like I was getting in the groove. But we were switching positions so quickly and kept going back to downward dog, and as i was in downward dog, i was sweating so much that all the sweat from my face came dripping into my nostrils. I mean I played field hockey, and during preseason we’d be outside 8 hours a day in the hottest time of the summer. I sweated more in this class than ever before. I didn’t even know I could sweat this much. At about the 1 hour point, I had gotten so dizzy that I had to step out of the room and get catch my breath and get some cold air. As I went outside I found that at least 10 other people were out there, saying that this was the hottest the room has ever been and everyone was getting dizzy and nauseous. I sat down and leaned against the table, and I was so dizzy that everything started getting fuzzy. I wasn’t sure if i’d be able to keep it going for another half an hour. I waited it out about 5 or 10 minutes then went back to the class. I was able to push through to the end, and was glad that I finished this INCREDIBLY CHALLENGING class. I mean, anyone who says that yoga isn’t a workout… they’re nuts! This was so much harder than I had anticipated. In the class description, it says that all levels are welcome, and that you can go at your own pace. But the instructor said at the beginning of the class… this is not meant for beginners, its a hard class, if you need to take a breath and go outside, you can definitely do that. She was dead on. I’m not sure if Bikram is for me. I think maybe I need to build up to it because I’m still really very new to yoga. I also probably need to eat something more substantial and drink tonsss of water throughout the day before to make sure I don’t get dizzy again. I want to give it another go at some point when I’m more prepared just to make sure, but for now i’m happy with my yoga 1 series 🙂 which is tomorrow at 8 am!
When I got home I was so incredibly wiped out. I don’t know the last time I was this tired. I was too exhausted to make anything for myself to eat, so I popped in some Kashi waffles, and dipped it in a little agave and called it a night.(i don’t know what happened to that one little waffle. It came out of the box a little deformed)
I’m typing in my bed right now, and as soon as I finish this post I’ll probably fall asleep immediately. Tomorrow morning is yoga 1, then hopefully i’m going to see if I can drive to Annapolis to cash in this Lululemon Jacket! I’m too excited to wait 🙂 I hope you all had an amazing Friday and enjoy your weekend!