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Hot Yoga and Making Spark Changes - Day 195

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).
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  • DIMI1124
    I have been there with the friends thing.. I get it! I have been struggling with the time I am on the computer vs the time I am doing what I need for me! So I support you my sister! Take care!
    2283 days ago
  • ROXIT22222
    Hey I understand what you are going through. I will say I hope you keep me as one of the 'selected friends'.. if not it's OK.... You are one of a very small few that I interact with on spark pages, and blogs....

    Regardless do what is best for you.... that's the most important.
    2283 days ago
  • _JODI404
    WoW, that yoga sounds really intense. You are a trooper to keep going back and trying more. emoticon emoticon

    I really understand about time on Spark. I have it up in the background while I work on another computer... so I am able to just look here and there and keep up without too much time investment. If it keeps me from exercising, spending time with hubby etc... I will have to look at limits. The motivation and support are so beneficial to me.

    I wish you good luck at your race! And best wishes moving forward and figuring out and doing what is BEST for you!!

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    2283 days ago
    As they say, this place is supposed to be about what helps, not what adds more guilt to your plate. So I'll miss you, but you need to take care of yourself.

    As for hot yoga, yikes! But how adventurous of you to try it! I think it's kind of funny to be encouraged to keep going ("most people feel like they're going to puke the first few times!"), but I suppose they know best. I hope they start a regular yoga class in the evening at some point for you.
    2284 days ago
    Wow... the Yoga sounds intense! I'm impressed you gave it a try. I'd love to hear how the next session goes.

    One thing I really admire about you is your planning. You decided to try something, went and checked it out, talked to people, and were prepared to go! I also admire that you are so open minded when you arrive - you just allow the event to happen and go with it. Not sure if this is because you are so well prepared or ?? But whatever the reason - YOU IMPRESS ME :)

    Take the time you need. If it fits into your new pathway, I'd love to try to go walking/jogging again. And I promise not to take it personally if I'm one of the "trimmed".

    I wish you the best on this new leg of your journey! You are doing so well, and remember - you are SO WORTH IT!


    2284 days ago
    Oops, now I understand! I'm glad you had a good experience with hot yoga, and hope you do give it a chance.

    Take good care of you!
    2284 days ago
    I never even heard of hot yoga..hmmmm interesting!! .I hope it continues to get better for sounds really neat!! Good luck to you..I totally understand and we must do what we feel is best for us..that's the only way we will get to where we want and need to be.
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    2284 days ago
  • HOPE2011
    I understand completely about the need to limit your SP time and to figure out what works best for you. The summer after I ramped it up on here I was spending most of my days off on here, which kept me from doing other things I needed to do, like exercise! It can be difficult to find a balance (and maintain it!), but I know that you can do it. After all, this is about your journey to better health, and you are in charge of that. Whatever works best for you is what you need to do!

    Congrats on the hot yoga too! Someday...
    2284 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2011 6:01:56 AM
    2284 days ago
    I have heard similair stories about the hot yoga from my daughters. I am paralyzed and in a wheel chair so never have had that experience, Before my accident falling from a fire engine on the job as a safety officer. I am so limited to just my arms and shoulders but also need them to last a life time and they now serve as my primary way to move myself around and move my wheelchair. Before my accident I was a 5 day a week Firm Video fan, and jogging 4 to 5 time a week. I really miss it!

    It is an amazing site when you really feel a personal connection with people you have never met. I have been looking at cutting my list back as well only because I think there are some that just aren't active anymore. I would love to continue to be on your list, but understand if you are cutting way back to the ones you hear from on a daily basis.

    Great blog!!
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    2284 days ago
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