I just completed my first week of hot yoga! I went 5 out of 7 days this week on my first week of a one month trial. I've never taken a yoga class, so jumping right into a new exercise in a 105-degree room scared me a bit. I went with a friend for the first class to ease my nerves, and it wasn't as bad as I thought! Here is how each class went:
Class 1: Began sweating the moment I stepped in the room. Tried to get used to the heat, but rarely got dizzy. Was able to enjoy the feeling of yoga and do the poses pretty well. Was excited to try it again!
Class 2: This was probably my best class of all five I've taken so far. I took this one in the evening and I think it's a good time for me. My friend didn't come this time, so I stood near the back so I could watch other people and see what the poses were (the instructor only gives directions in this class and doesn't do the poses with us).
Class 3: Took this class in the morning and it was pretty good. I definitely wore the wrong tank top - it was cotton and very stiff - so I decided from then on to wear just a sports bra and shorts!
Class 4: Went to a class the next day in the morning again and I liked it. Not too much to add, it was pretty similar to the other classes. However my back felt stronger and more flexible in the spine series!
Class 5: The studio today was very packed and the room felt hotter than usual. Most of the class took breaks, and I laid down more than I had in the previous four classes. The instructor turned the heat down a couple of times - probably due to the extra amount of body heat - but focusing on breathing really helped me feel better. I also had not eaten enough or drank enough water earlier today, so that made it harder for me. Everything considered, it went well.
I love finding new ways to exercise, and I've been wanting to try yoga for a while. I feel so calm and relaxed during the class and it is a nice way to unwind. I also feel my balance and core muscles getting stronger! As of now, I feel I am getting the benefits of hot yoga.
One week down, three to go! I'll keep you updated and write a review post when I am done with my one month trial!