Sometimes, I get too caught up in trying to inspire others that I forget I need inspiration too. I feel like I have just been going through the motions lately. Lifting, running and teaching besides being a mom and running businesses. I needed to change it up and challenge my body in a different way. So I invited my HerSuppz girls to join me for a Hot Yoga session!
There is this great hot yoga studio in Dubuque, IA that I love to attend classes. It’s called Ignite Power Yoga where they practice Power Vinyasa Yoga in the style of Baron Baptiste. It is practiced in their hot studio where temperatures reach about 95 degrees. The heat hits you right away and then you don’t notice the how hot it is once your body is used to the temperature in the room. But, you will sweat like no other in this class. I mean like sweat-dripping-like-rain sweating in this class.
I love this hot flow yoga because it really concentrates on stretching and breathing (something I don’t do often enough). One of the most important aspects of this yoga is breath. All your breathing is done through your nose. We practice the long, deep breathes to stay calm. It takes a few classes to really get the breathing down.
This type of yoga is focused on asana, meditation and self-inquiry and intended to be for any level of physical ability. It strengthens and lengthens your muscles and really invigorates your core muscles. I have attended this class with different friends and I love how it’s always a challenge for all of us. But, we can all do it and always leave a sweaty mess. I believe it is so important in your fitness journey to challenge your body by mixing up your workouts.
You concentrate on the poses and push your body into new poses the whole class. At the end, they actually tell you to “lay there and do nothing. Do not move. Just close your eyes and breathe”…and, those are some of the most beautiful words to speak to a mom!
As we leave after a super sweaty hour session, I asked the girls what they thought. I wasn’t sure what their reaction would be since this was their first time trying ever trying yoga. But, they both enjoyed this new experience. (read their reactions below)
I love the stress free feeling after hot yoga. It’s like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. My mind is carefree for a moment. My body feels cleansed of toxins and a little lighter. It energizes me, inspires me and makes me happy.
Take time to do what makes your soul happy. Hot Yoga makes mine happy.
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“I was not nervous about this class cause I tried paddle boarding and survived (READ my blog here), so I am pretty much up for anything now. I drank a lot of water and had a really good breakfast, knowing my body was up for a shock as I have personally NEVER tried yoga before let alone HOT YOGA. It wasn’t as hot as I was expecting. it was bearable and I adjusted pretty quickly to the heat. The movements were all new to me but were attainable, even though I am not a physically strong person. The breathing was challenging, and I struggled but I think more sessions would help get you used to that. I was really amazed the amount of sweat that seemingly poured out of me. You have to experience it to totally understand. We were cautioned to drink alot of water after to rehydrate, which makes sense because I left a bucket of sweat on that towel/mat.” -Angie
“Honestly, yoga has never sparked an interest for me. I am more of a punching and kicking kind of girl. It has always been hard for me to relax. I did realize I am a lot stronger than I thought. I could hold the poses. The things (such as my wrists, my head rushes, the constant tightness in my left hammy… there are more???) that “bother” me during a good lift or kickboxing workout seem to “bother” me holding the poses also. BUT my muscles didn’t give out. I did appreciate the instructors insight on “nausea”. She said nausea was a good thing, that it was another way of letting out the “toxins”. Her nausea is probably my head rush. I need to push through that. Interesting. I also found myself sitting a lot straighter in the car ride home and even still aware of it as I am typing this now. My 3rd grade teacher would be so happy! I am really glad Mary asked me to go. I know I need to try new things and I think with my past (bodybuilding) workouts, it has really took a tole on my body. Bodybuilders do not stretch. We may say we do, but we are lying. My body is changing with age and it needs more lengthening of my muscles and stretching. I am stiff constantly and I think yoga would really help me.” -Jess
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I write blogs about my accomplishments, my failures, my doubts, my goals, and my inspiration. But, it’s really not about me. It’s about real life and the challenges we each face and continuing to find your strength along the way. I want to inspire people, but I also want them to see the real me. I am just a normal person trying to do the best I can with what I was given. This is my journey and you have yours. Nobody is perfect…all the time. We all suck at things. -Mary Sheckler
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