I went to a Bikram Yoga class (hot Yoga) twelve years ago when I lived off of Power Bars and vodka. It was hot and I could feel poison surface in my body. It’s taken me this long to go back. I’ve promised through Valley Sweat Life to try things that scare me, change me, and make me step out of my comfort zone in the hope that it inspires you to do the same. This is not the first time I have done hot Yoga but I think it fits the criteria for a First Take. I’m scared and certain I’ll be uncomfortable.
Blue Moon Yoga is on the corner of Champlain and Perrin at 1144 E Champlain Dr. The front door faces a center courtyard. The benches, fountains, and grass offer Yoga students a cool spot to intermingle. When I walk up, students are connecting after a class. Their bodies are literally steaming. What have I signed up for?
There is a shoe rack and a sign to remove my shoes just inside the door. We go barefoot from here. As I walk through the front, there are three changing curtains to my right and cubbies for personal items on my left. A blanket of heat washes over me.
It’s so hot.
Blue Moon Yoga teaches the 26 and 2 series (based on the Bikram Method), Hot Vinyasa and Fusion with the room at 105 degrees F and 40% humidity (99 degrees F for Inferno Hot Pilates). This combination increases your heart rate, warms your muscles and releases toxins. I don’t question that this is a powerful way to sweat (A LOT), I am just wondering if I drank enough water today to not pass out during class.
Bring water, a yoga mat and a bath towel. If you don’t have these, they rent them for a small fee and have water for sale. Wear loose fitting, sweat-wicking clothes. Did I mention bring water? My water had ice and it’s never tasted so good.
I took the 26 and 2 class from Owner, Britney Easton. It’s 60 minutes, encompassing 26 postures that we do two times each. Each posture prepares you for the next posture. This is safe and effective for any age or fitness level. The class I was in ranged in ages 18-60 years with every fitness level, size and shape, comprised of around 70% women. The students are friendly. It’s not uncommon to see a perfectly imperfect body with very little clothing on. A lawyer next to a college student. Dreadlocks next to Botox. A regular Yogi next to…me. I feel totally comfortable with everything but the heat.
It’s so hot.
There are a few things that I pay attention to when taking a new class. First, the front desk knows members’ names and welcomes new students. This is a big win because now I am focused on my workout instead of not making a fool of myself.
Second, Britney’s instruction is seamless. Everything she says has a purpose and is delivered at the right time. I’m not bombarded by needless motivational rhetoric when I need direction on my form. When I’m ready to quit, she makes me feel powerful. I love instructors like her and it’s even better that she’s the owner. She clearly has her finger on the pulse of this community. I’m hoping she’s taking Best Friend applications after class.
It’s so hot.
I started feeling slightly nauseous about 50 minutes in but not enough to quit. I sip my melted ice water, the door opens, fans turn on and I bolt out the door to cool off leaving my mat and towel to pick up later. There’s chitter and chatter, laughing and connection from the sweatiest group of people I have ever seen. I ask Britney if my face is literally on fire. I’m well aware that I look like Hell. I feel fantastic. This is low impact work with high impact benefits.
Would you like more information on the benefits of Hot Yoga? HERE is a super cool article.
Do you want to try Hot Yoga at Blue Moon Yoga with your Valley Sweat Life community?
We’re meeting for a Second Take on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2 pm. Sign up HERE to secure your spot.