Sweaty Elbows (My 1st hot yoga class)

My 1st hot yoga class

The thing about hot yoga is that you will have sweat coming from body parts you didn’t know could sweat.  Like your elbows.  I was a little intimidated by the idea of trying a 75 minute class where I would be sweating while twisting my body into a human pretzel.  I’ve taken regular yoga classes before.  I can  feel my heart rate go up and blood get pumping in the cooler temps of those classes.  I was a little uncertain if I might be passing out at some point during the class.

The first thing I noticed was that the class was PACKED.  We’re talking 7 rows across at least 10 rows packed.  That’s the first sign that you know it’s a good class.  I was grateful that my friend choose spots for us in the 2nd row to the right by the window.  I think if I was in the middle of the herd I would have felt a bit claustrophobic with all of the people surrounding me in a hot room.

The room had quotes and inspirational encouragement written on the blackboard along with instruction for better form.

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I’ll admit before the class started my mind wandered to thoughts of how embarrassing it would be to carried off in a stretcher if I didn’t make it.  The instructor asked how many newbies were in the class that day at the beginning of the class.  It was a relief to know I wasn’t the only new one.

The instructor got us started with breathing and several poses that I was familiar with from taking my “normal” yoga class.  She was really encouraging and the pace felt really fluid.  I didn’t feel like my heart rate was getting too high to where I wanted to faint or run out the door from feeling suffocated.

At certain poses it was great to turn my head and look at inspirational quotes or phrases on the wall.

My 1st hot yoga class

My friend said that the grace and peace encouragement really stood out to her during our class.  She was also super helpful with showing me how to get better form when my arms were crossed the wrong way for a balancing pose.  At one point of the class we partnered up and helped each other with poses that took us to a deeper stretch.

What’s nice about the a warm room is that your body seems to stretch way easier than normal.  Which is good because I’m guilty of not stretching enough with my regular workouts.  You will also SWEAT from EVERYWHERE but so is everyone else which causes you to feel less insecure than you would in a regular class.

The whole class went by way faster than I expected and was really enjoyable.  I concentrated on being in the moment of focusing on each pose.  It was also good that there wasn’t a clock in site because I tend to peak at the clock during my normal exercise classes to see how much longer I have to endure.

I would definitely recommend trying a hot yoga class.  The picture for the blog post is our “after” pic.  I really felt refreshed and like my body had really accomplished something.

If you want to try  a hot yoga class try check out Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse on my discount page or to find a hot yoga class near you.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline”- The running tab for 2012

I had a sleepless night followed by a sleepless morning so I decided I would commit to print some of the experiences that I hope to try this next year and beyond.

In snow

Snowshoeing 1/20/12

Cross country skiing

Luge track 1/15/12

Dog sledding 1/28/12 drove the dog sled

Tobogganing track

 

Exercise

Hot yoga class 1/4/12

Anti gravity yoga class

Attend moms hockey practice 1/17/12

Run a marathon- hesitant to write that one down

Adult hip hop class

Belly dancing class

 

Crafty

Paint your own picture with a group class

Blow glass art

Make pottery

Create something for Art Prize in honor of my mom

Meet regularly with friends to make something from Pinterest

 

Specific places

City Musuem in St. Louis

Go up in St. Louis Arch

Visit world’s largest treehouse in TN

Take pictures with Superman at Metropolis,IL

Indoor Zipline at Mega Cavern in Louisville,KY

DisneyWorld

Gangster tour in Newport,KY

Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure

Haiti for a humanitarian trip

 

Not specific places

Winery tour where I can also stomp the grapes

Brewery tour

Nascar ridealong experience

Ride in a pace car

Watch a drag race

Go to an unexpectant destination for vacation (went to DC and stopped by Philly and Baltimore for a day to explore)

Trip to a destination riding on a train

Sandboard

Be an extra in a movie 1/14/12

Amish buggy tour ride

Ride in a Zorb ball

Regularly volunteer at an organization that assists the poor (started volunteering before we moved)

 

Events

Kentucky Derby

Watch a Civil War Muster

Host a street party to get to know my neighbors

 

In or On Water

Try rowing

White water rafting

Snuba

Cable wake boarding

Sailing on a smaller sail boat where I have to help

Surf

Fan boat ride

Scuba lesson

Swim with a dolphin or manatee or both

Tallship ride

Group speedboat ride

Underground Cave Boat Tour Bowling Green,KY

Jump on a blob

Kiteboard

Windsurf

Shark cage experience

 

Sporty

Shoot clay pigeons

Try lacrosse

Watch a boxing match 2/4/11

Indoor Sky Dive

Skydive

Participate in a mudrace

Successfully find a geocache

Play a game of frisbee golf 1/8/12

 

Outside

Zipline Canopy Tour

Segway Tour in a big city

Hot air Balloon ride

Fly in a small plane

 

Foodie

Progressive dinner with friends or at several restaurants

Dinner in the Dark (blindfolded meal)

Eat at least one restaurant listed on Man vs. Food and Diners and Dive and Drive ins ( maybe even try a spicy food challenge..maybe)

Sushi making class

Pasta making class

Wine tasting class

Grow an herb garden

Make one new recipe a week (….baby steps)

 

new additions

improv show 1/7/12

intro to curling class 1/19/12

So here is the start of the running tab. I reserve the right to add to the list as my curiosity continues to become aware of new places and experiences to try. Some are way more ambitious than others, but I figured I might as well go with the quote “shoot for the moon and if you miss you are still among the stars” Travel wise I would love to go all over the world but gotta start a little smaller.The list could really go on and on…….this is just scratching the surface . So I guess this is my start but I don’t ever want to stop adding.

 

Remember a “Goal is dream with a deadline.” Don’t let time get away from your dreams.

“If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way, if not you find an excuse.”

 

What’s on your list? What should I add to mine? Who wants to join me?