Okay, so I’ve been busy. Busy working. Busy working out. Busy with life.
Between work, errands, chores, and a social life, it can be a struggle to squeeze in a fitness class that you’re not familiar with. But despite life’s many complications, I would like for everyone to make a solid effort at taking a hot yoga class. I did, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision.
Call it what you want: hot yoga, Bikram yoga, heated yoga — whatever. Try a yoga class that takes place in a heated environment.
I actually can’t believe it has taken me this long to tell you about hot yoga because it’s been quite a while since I fell head over heels in love with the practice. I have to admit that I never saw myself being one of those “yoga people.” You know the type; they’re typically earthy, very lean, and say things like “my heart is smiling”. That being said, I have sometimes felt like uttering something along those lines after leaving a session.
My friend Kenzie and I decided to try a free week at Core Power so we could try this ever-so-popular Hot Yoga. I had heard that the workout would be exhilarating, exhausting, and that I would “sweat balls” doing it. But such articulations could not describe what I experienced in my first week at Core Power. That place is simply heaven.
Upon entering, your instructor checks you in at the counter with the most genuine welcome greeting you have ever received. The lobby area caters to your every need, with check-out mats and towels, comfy sofas, and a small shop with yoga attire. Then, proceed to the locker room–which is really is more like a spa–that is stocked with toiletries, beauty appliances, several mirrors and showers, and heated floors. I would be more than happy to do my get-ready-for-work routine in this place.
But the magic really kicks in when you enter the studio. I’m not gonna lie, the temperature catches you off guard at first. My first class was a heated yoga for beginners, and the moment I set foot in there I thought…And I’m going to be working out in here? But before you go getting all concerned about your safety, let me list the benefits of doing yoga in a heated environment:
- Helps strengthen muscle fibers and tendons.
- Helps prevent injuries while stretching.
- Heat helps to increase circulation to tissues and organs, which makes your immune system function better.
- Heat allows for greater range of movement in the joints and ligaments.
- The body burns fat more effectively.
- Improved metabolism.
And so on, and so forth. All I’m saying is, you should give it a try. It can be addicting. After each and every class, I felt relaxed, motivated, and yes, like my heart was smiling.