A friend of mine suggested we try Hot Yoga. I’d been researching it for a while, and wanted to try it; but never followed through with it. It has now been 2 months and I now have a love/hate relationship with hot yoga (formally called Bikram Yoga).
What is Bikram Hot Yoga?:
- 90 minute workout
- 105 – 110 degree temperature
- Humidity of 40-50%
- Consist of breathing exercises + 26 postures
- Works every muscle, ligament and joint in your body
When I tell people that I do Hot Yoga, they look at me like I’m crazy. The first thing they ask is “Since when do black girls do Hot Yoga?” or “What about your hair?” I just laugh; although my hair was a MAJOR concern of mine initially. My first day of class was after work. My hair was braided and I wore long black yoga pants, and matching black racer-back fitted top. By the end of class, my braids were sweating and my clothes were soaked; as if I’d just finished swimming in a pool fully clothed. After class, I could barely speak, I felt like I was dying a slow death. After gathering myself and driving back home, I didn’t even want to enter into my house with my clothes on; nor did I want to put them in my hamper. All I wanted was a shower and then my bed.
The next morning, I felt like I had the combined strength of the Power Rangers. I felt so relaxed and my body felt good. It was the best feeling EVER!
Here is my Top 5 Reasons You Should Try HOT YOGA:
1. You can lose weight
2. Detoxification/ Cleansing of impurities
3. Increases flexibility
4. Heals injuries, aches and pains of the body
5. Bragging rights- How many people can say they worked out in 110 degree temperature
*Disclaimer* Hot Yoga will cause excessive sweating- Extreme heat can cause dehydration. It is important stay hydrated throughout the day, sip water during the class, and after class I suggest a sports drink with electrolytes to refuel your body.
Hot Yoga has become my outlet from stress and has been a tool to unwind and relax. There are days when I feel sluggish or stressed that I force myself to go to yoga class so that I can release the physical and emotional toxins in my body. Hot Yoga is the new wave!
Have you tried it?
~Shene’ V. Owens- Guest Blogger
*photo credit http://www.thebikramyoga.net/advanced-bikram-yoga-poses/ *