Hot yoga! I am addicted! I have decided that it is pretty much the greatest thing ever!
There were a couple of reasons why I decided to begin hot yoga - I have been running and spinning a lot lately but I noticed that my flexibility was suffering. I am not an inherently flexible person and even though I know I should, I do not normally stretch after running. Second, after about five years of power lifting and a decade of throwing my back has become completely averse to weight lifting; every time I walk by the weights at the gym my back tenses up. So I figured I needed to find a way to 'weight lift' without actually lifting and yoga seemed like the perfect solution! And lastly, my workouts seemed to be in a rut and I wanted something different. Hot yoga has been great and it really fits into my schedule; normally I run or spin in the morning, work all day and then either attend class (grad school) or hot yoga at night. The place I go to also offers a ton of weekend classes!
The place I go is about 5-8 minutes from my house and is called the The Hot Yoga Spot. There are a few yoga studios in Albany but this one is the closest to where I live and also offers the best deals. Because I am a student classes are only $10 a session, instead of the regular $15 and I normally buy 10 classes at a time for the discounted rate of $85. Everything is done online which makes it super easy to sign up. Some have said that it is still pretty expensive and it is, but I figure that because I eat out and go out so much less than I use to, all the money that I use to "waste" can be put toward something fun and productive!
|Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany!|
The hot yoga classes are low impact but SO intense. By the end of the class my yoga mat is basically the equivalent of a soaked bath mat! (I am doing my research and looking into buying a yoga towel, which is supposed to be more absorbant and stay put better than the regular beach towel I have been using.) I usually go to the beginner class (because it is at a convenient time) but I have also gone to a couple 'advanced' classes (normally on Friday or Saturday so I can sleep in the next day) - the advanced classes are definitely tough but I am getting better and better each time. And dude to the heat (90 - 100 degrees every session) I feel like I am getting an even better workout and sweating out every stress and toxin in my body!
|Doesn't it look hot?!|
Hot yoga has definitely become my new addiction and I would recommend it to anyone!