Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Yesterday I tried "hot" (94+ degree) yoga for the first time. Actually it was my first yoga class. I've only dabbled at yoga videos and Wii yoga so I'm pretty much clueless.
Prior to going, I talked to the owner at length a couple weeks ago. We discussed the different classes, my fitness level, my goals, etc. We discussed that I didn't want to take warm yoga due to my near hatred of hot/humid situations. We agreed that maybe a slightly cooler yoga would be better for me to start; however only hot yoga is available in the evening.
I arrived about 15 mins early to pay and get settled. (The studio is super-close to my house which is a major bonus!) The instructor/owner was concerned that the hot yoga would be too much for me and asked me to listen to my body and sit on my mat or step out of the room if needed.
I took my new green yoga mat into the room - wow, is it warm - and find an open space that turned out to be the front of the room facing mirrors. Oh yay! Not only do I have to stare at myself, but I'm in front of everyone else. UGH! There were about 8 mats on the floor and a few people doing stretches. I stood there like a deer in the headlights just wishing we would hurry up and start. I was thinking why are these people stretching before yoga, isn't yoga stretching? :)
It was going well for the first 30 minutes. That is...going well until immediately following some movements from being bent at the waist with my head near the floor and then standing up or something...I don't exactly remember what was going on. Then completely out of the blue I felt a little woozy and like the room was closing in. I sat down and took a drink until I thought I felt better. I joined the next pose and wow did the nausea hit. I thought maybe it was my equilibrium, but I don't know. I was well hydrated, I ate a healthy lunch and a few almonds about an hour before yoga. I guess it was the combo of the heat and maybe blood flow issues from the head up/down.
I went to the cool lobby and felt like I was going to die...not quite, but my stomach hurt bad. A guy leaving chatted as I tried to fake a conversation. I wondered if he noticed how hard it was for me to force words and hide my overwhelming urge to toss my cookies. After about 15 minutes I felt ok again. I went back in and made it for another 30 mins. until I got nauseous again. This time it wasn't as bad and I was able to join about 5 mins later when I heard they were lying on their mats...
There was a mix of body shapes and abilities in the practice, I was one of the two largest people in the room. During one strange contortion, a lady in the back made me giggle when she said something like "they need to make poses for fat people." And I even felt pretty good about holding some poses that were difficult for some of the skinny chicks.
This yoga included several poses were like strength training with body-weight resistance. I can tell I worked it in my upper abs and the outside of hips. I like the challenge of it and the heat wasn't as bad as expected.
The instructor said it's normal for people to vomit their first few times of hot yoga but after that most people are fine. She encouraged me to try at least 3 sessions before I decide if it is for me or not.
I'm not sure if I felt a lot of benefits but I did sleep like a baby last night and I haven't been sleeping well.
I plan to try another session Saturday and the hot yoga next Monday. Next time I will be even earlier so I can get a choice spot in the back.
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On another note, I'm going to be around here a little less than the prior 6 months, other than helping with one of my teams and continuing to track. I'm having some challenges with some of "this" and I need to focus on what helps ME. I will try to read blogs and support as much as possible but I didn't want anyone to feel left out if they don't hear from me as often. I hate to miss all of the celebrations and lessons from all of you, so please feel free to ping me if I've missed something awesome or if someone needs some support. Also, I've trimmed my friends and I will be trimming some more. Please don't take it personal. It's about what works for me at this point as figure out how to navigate this phase. I can't tell you how much all of your support has meant to me and how much I truly care about each of you (which seems strange in this virtual place).