I have finally jumped or rather stepped on the bandwagon and tried out Hot Yoga. I have been reading about it in the blogging world for awhile now, and in all honesty I couldn’t wait to try it. So I talked my sister into joining me for a class this past weekend. I decided to try out Bikram Yoga studio in Columbus, they had a 9:30 am class which worked perfectly with our schedules, seeing as I had to drive 45 minutes to get there.
We got there a half hour early, not knowing what to really expect. We signed up and then decided not to enter the hot room until about 10 minutes before class (that is what the instructor suggested). My expectations for Hot Yoga was to get my sweat on and get a nice deep and good stretch while I was at it. I was hoping to come out feeling relaxed.
I quickly realized after entering the hot room that sweating would not be an issue. We just sat down and got used to the heat for the first 10 minutes and I was already dripping! No wonder they tell you to bring a beach towel to go over your mat.
We attended a 90 minute class with about a 5 minute break in the middle of the class. I honestly didn’t really notice the heat for most of the class, I was more concentrated on doing the poses correctly and to the best of my ability. The first part of the class seemed to last forever, but the second part was moved so much more quickly and it went by in a flash. My favorite part of the class had to of been the end, where we practiced savasana and got a cold wet towel to cool us off. It was so peaceful and refreshing.
All in all I did like the class, but the instructor was not my favorite. He tended to be a little overbearing, and at times reminded me of an auctioneer. Not exactly what I was expecting and didn’t help me clear my mind or relax much. I think next time I try it I will either try a different instructor or maybe a different studio.
I am so glad I got to try it out and see what all the hype was about!