Well the time is coming…only 1 full day left before it is time to commit to our 30 Day Hot Yoga Challenge!
Such an exciting idea when Terra first came up with it. Today – I am still excited, but it is mixed with a little bit of nervousness. I am not really nervous about whether or not I can commit… I am actually nervous that my body will not make it physically. See I LOVE hot yoga – it is the one thing that has allowed me to make peace with winter in recent years. YES…I am from Canada and I dislike the snow, the cold weather and winter in general very much. As much as I love my home country I don’t think I ever really made a very good Canadian, because of this and my dislike for Hockey…haha…probably because it has to do with all of the above.
So, I absolutely love the heat of a hot yoga class during winter months. I get happy just walking into that 104 degree room. I start to warm up and get into the practice and I feel like i can do things that I can never do in a regular yoga class because my muscles are warmed up and I can go deeper into each pose. What I love most is also what concerns me the most because so often it has happened that in the heated bliss of my hot class I will go a little too deep and a little too far into the pose and end up with a pulled muscle or strained something or other. MY challenge is staying within a reasonable range of motion even though I may be able to go further. This is what I am most concerned about and this will be the most difficult part of the challenge for me.
I will have to keep reminding myself that it is a marathon – not a sprint! I am in it for the long haul. I want to stay strong throughout the entire month and the way to do it is to be moderate with myself and my practice.
I am excited to re-commit myself to my practice in a big way through this challenge. I have been in need of “going inside to find my guide”. My days recently have been busy buys busy. I have been a human doing…not a human “being”. Hot Yoga is really the best meditative practice I have found – the breath is so so important and the heat wipes your mind clear of anything that was jumbled up in there prior to walking into that room. I lose myself in my hot practice and when I come out I feel like I am a sponge that has been wrung out and filled back up with fresh clean water! My skin feels amazing, my energy is through the roof and I feel stronger…physically and mentally.
Hmmm…goals…? I will have to be diligent this month in order to set myself up for success. Some of the things I will be doing:
- Pack my bag the night before class – I have to be prepared with a change of clothes after class so I do not go out into the cold with wet clothes.
- Keep up with my Laundry – Hot Yoga = lots of laundry and since I do not have an unlimited supply of yoga clothes this will be important to keep me on track.
- Replenish fluids and sustenance after class – I have low blood sugar so it will be imperative for me to replenish within 20-30 minutes after my class has ended to avoid crashing a few hours later.
- Go to as many morning classes as possible – I know my energy cycles throughout the day. Morning is my time. By evening I am tapped out and I will want to find any excuse in the world not to go out in the cold to do a yoga class (funny enough – my first class to kick off the challenge is a 7:45pm class…haha)
- Attend a variety of classes I love – I will be practicing at Hot Yoga Revolution in Garwood and Powerflow Yoga in Livingston. These are two of my favorite Hot Studios and they both have a variety of classes that I am excited to take.
Well that is about all for now… the next time you hear from me hopefully I will be a lean mean hot yoga machine!