Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hell Hatha Hot Yoga

King Dancer Pose - Natarajasana (which I can totally do without falling over!)

I'm sure if there's exercise in hell, it's Hatha Hot Yoga. OMG! I seriously thought I was going to die or throw up or pass out or all three. It was HOT! They said 110 degrees, but the place was packed with people (at least 80), so I'm sure it was even hotter. The humidity was set at 60%.

Did I like it? Um, actually, I would have to say no, I kind of hated it. It was so hot I could barely breath. I've never perspired that much in my entire life. It made a spinning class look like a walk in the park. It was basically 90 minutes of hell.

You're not suppose to talk or leave the room, unless there's an emergency. I had to focus on not saying "fuck" out loud every two minutes as I twisted my body into unnatural and extremely painful positions. I seriously thought about walking out at least ten times. Especially during the last thirty minutes of the ninety minute class. I probably would have left but they have a guy guarding the exit. I saw one girl try to leave and he talked her into staying.

I've never gone to a yoga class before today. I always thought yoga was for sissies and would be a big waste of my time. If I go to an exercise class it's always a high intensity aerobics class or spinning. Never yoga. Yoga is definitely not for sissies. It was probably the most intense and most difficult exercise class I've ever taken.

There were 27 yoga poses, two sets of each. I was surprised I could do all the poses, I'm a lot more flexible than I thought. There was one pose that made me dizzy and want to throw up. I think it was called the Frog, you sit on your knees, legs under you, arms straight out front, and drop your head back until you're looking at the wall behind you. Then you grab your heels (part of your towel is over your feet so you can grip them better). You pull yourself back even further while holding on to your heels. I was able to do it the first time, but I seriously didn't feel well afterwards. I just sat there for the second time. I felt like I was going to pass out and the room was spinning. The instructor saw me not moving and said it's very common for people to get dizzy and nauseous in this pose. Ha! No kidding.

I have nine more sessions so I'll probably go for those nine session. I'm not sure this is something I want to keep doing for a lifetime. I honestly don't know why it's so popular. The heat is very uncomfortable, in fact, to me it was unbearable. It didn't feel relaxing to me, just miserable. Like I was suffocating. While the poses were doable for me, they hurt. My butt is already sore and it's only been a couple hours.

If you do hot yoga, please tell me, what is there to like? Am I missing something? Why do you enjoy it? Or maybe you don't really enjoy it but do it because it's suppose to be good for you? Kind of like how I do the StairMaster and the elliptical at the gym. Whatever it is that makes so many people do hot yoga, I'm just not feeling it.


big_mummy said...

i read about this hot yoga elsewhere in blogland over the weekend and i have to say i pulled the same face reading your post as i did then! i cannot handle heat at the best of times but yoga while bearing the heat, i think not.

and wtf is up with the yoga class having a doorman that wont let you leave?? i am laughing so much at that

MizFit said...

MAN I did it once and it was not for me.
all the reasons you said AND it was way too long for this woman.
not to mention I live in TX.
yoga outside in july = hot yoga for free :)

bbubblyb said...

I use to take a yoga class once a week but it was only 60 mins and not in a hot room. I always complained and never really liked it but I went for like 6 months anyway. I can say it made me one flexible woman at almost 300 lbs lol. I couldn't do all the poses because there was just to much of me. But I can say I was better for doing it. The whole hot thing and the guard at the door doesn't sound good though. Hope your next 9 sessions will be better.

Ida said...

110 degrees and a guard at the door? Sounds more like torture to me. I enjoy the stretching exercises of the yoga that I've done, but they can keep their torture chamber.

antgirl said...

I like yoga, but not heat. I'd have to take a pass on that. You're braver than me. :)

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