Sweat Sunday: My First Hot Yoga Session.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am recovering from Fitness Apathy. This was my first week back on the grind and my body is broken. Strength Training has made me stiff and sore and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu has left me battered and bruised but feeling great none the less.

Today I decided I needed a more holistic training session and so I went to check out Yogahaven in Islington and took part in my first Hot Yoga class.

I am totally hooked.

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Photo taken from LungesandLycra.co.uk. They wrote a review as well, check them out.

I decided to hit up the ‘Hot Flow’ class. Yogahavens website said that it was suitable for athletic beginners, which I would say I am. However, when I got there and saw my nimble classmates, I must admit I did have second thoughts. I spoke to our teacher Amie and she put my mind at ease. This wasn’t one of those exercise classes where you have to move at the pace of the person next to you. It was all about the individual; mind, body and spirit. You did what you could and if you couldn’t you just went back into Childs-Pose (yeah I know the lingo now) until you could again.

The class began slowly and as the movements became harder, the room got slowly hotter. A ‘flow’ in yoga is basically a series of dynamic movements that are synchronised to your breath. Our teacher Amie taught us how to breathe during the movements and always reminded us how to engage our core. I won’t lie to you, it was really bloody hard at points and I have never sweated so much in my life. That said, there were still moments of total bliss, my favourite section being the hip opening sequence as my hips are so tight from Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.

As the class started to wind down the temperature began to return to a warm but no longer unbearable heat. As the class ended, we were allowed to just remain still and relaxed for a short time, whilst ‘Wild Horses’ by The Rolling Stones gently played in the background (one of my all-time favourite songs).

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Hot Tips from a New Yogini:

  • If you have never done Yoga before or don’t exercise regularly please look into doing the beginners class first. Yogahaven Islington run beginners classes (Yoga Basics) every day
  • Be prepared to strip down. I am not one to train in a sports bra but as soon as this class began, I started ripping of my clothes immediately, insecurities be damned. If you don’t want to wear just a sports bra, wear loose clothing on top. Trust me. It gets really, really hot.
  • Bring a Towel. Yogahaven do rent them out for £1.50 but why spend more money eh? You have to use them on your mat during the class as well as for showering.
  • Bring Water…..lots and lots of water.
  • Don’t push yourself too far. I am a Personal Trainer but I am not in any way flexible. Not being able to do the moves isn’t a rare thing. That said you don’t have to be flexible to start doing yoga, so just do what you can and don’t be demoralised or put off if you can’t do something. Feeling frustrated in Yoga, totally ruins the enjoyment.

I absolutely loved my first Hot Yoga experience and I will absolutely be returning again.

If you want to check out Yogahaven, you can see their schedule here.

Drop in classes are £16 or if you want to take them up on their Introductory offer (20 days of yoga all in) you can for £35.

Give it a go guys and enjoy!!

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