Category Archives: Hot yoga

Dhanurasana

Art Museum-Hopping And Yin/Yang Yoga Dates

Today Alana and I took a yin/yang yoga class at a yoga studio close to our home.  This was the first yoga class I’ve taken in over ten weeks that wasn’t hot yoga.  I normally take two hot yoga classes during the week and one restorative yoga class on Saturday mornings.  Because I’ve had to “adjust” five of those restorative yoga classes on Saturday mornings to complete my hours for yoga teacher training I haven’t actually taken the class since mid May.

I don’t think I realized just how long I was going without non hot yoga.  I was aware of it, of course, but I didn’t realize it was nearing the two month mark .  It honestly didn’t matter.  I was getting all that I needed to get out of yoga.  My practice was changing, I was experiencing new things, and I was challenging myself in new ways.  My body has gotten more flexible and stronger this summer.   I’m aware of the changes in so many ways, both inside and outside of my yoga practice.

The yin portion of class today was absolutely amazing.  It was such a change from the fast-paced power yoga I normally do in ninety-five degree heat.  I enjoyed holding poses for five minutes at a time, letting my body round and letting gravity push me to the Earth as I breathed and let go.  My friend Natalie met Alana and I for class and the energy around my practice was calm and comforting as the two of them practiced around my mat.

Alana and I went to D.C. with a few of her friends yesterday and we museum-hopped through different art and sculpture museums. It was nice to be out and about and I thoroughly enjoyed the art.

All in all it was an amazing weekend.  I’m not quite sure what the point of this post was.  Maybe it was just to say that yoga constantly amazes me, whether I’m doing it in heat or out of it.  Maybe it was to express wonder and gratitude that I’ve found an amazing woman who loves to trample around to art museums and take yoga classes with me.

Either way I hope you all have an amazing week.  Namaste.

Dhanurasana

Galaxy leggings

Friday Morning Hot Yoga Flow Is How I Got My Groove Back

This morning, as I headed to hot yoga for the first time in ten days I felt the usual small bout of anxiety that I tend to feel when it’s been more than seven days since my last hot yoga class.

This small bout of anxiety is a tiny voice inside my head that says things like “It’s going to be so hot, you’re going to feel weak and tired, you’ll be in child’s pose half the class, you’ll instantly regret skipping practice earlier this week…”

I tried to quiet that voice as much as I could, but it was still there a little when class started.

…And then class started and that voice immediately died.

It always surprises me how strong I feel after a week (or longer) break from hot yoga.  That little voice inside my head tells me that I’m going to lose flexibility, strength, and ability while being away.

That’s never the case, and this morning wasn’t any different.  It amazes me to find myself taking poses that I couldn’t take only this past Fall.  When I find myself wrapping my arms around my body for a full bind in several different poses I think back to this past Winter, and how I thought it might take years to be able to bind.

Our teacher had us “fly” to half moon a few different times during practice today, and I felt strong, graceful, and elegant every time I “flew” into the pose.  There’s something about that pose, and it’s bind into sugarcane that makes me feel like I’m flying.  I get the same feeling in warrior three pose.

I felt great after class, and great for the rest of the day as well.  I got through my massages this afternoon daydreaming about this upcoming weekend and that feeling of flying into half moon.

I’m so glad it’s Friday.  I’m so glad it’s the weekend.

I’m so glad I went to hot yoga this morning.

Namaste.