The first time I took a hot yoga class was about two years ago. It was a Bikram class. I kicked arse.
The second time I took a hot yoga class was the following week. It was a Bikram class. I almost passed out. I sucked.
Third time. Repeat second.
Fourth time. Hot Vinyasa. Almost passed out. Left with migraine. As this point I wrote off hot yoga as being not for me…
until last week.
I redeemed a living social coupon I had purchased during my holiday coupon-buying craze for Yoga Sutra on 39th between 5th and Madison.
Now, I don’t typically promote businesses on this blog, but I can’t tell you how much I love this place so far. I’ve been to one Vinyasa open level class and three hot [Vinyasa] yoga classes so far and I’ve really enjoyed every instructor who’s class I’ve taken.
The place is very big, with multiple bathrooms, a changing area, showers (packed with yogi-preferred brand soaps, etc.), free tea and, what I realized today is, a library.
Absolutely love it! The practice rooms are comfy and welcoming — though the after work, 630ish, classes do fill up so u have to sign up beforehand and be prepared to squish in. But the rooms are quiet and peaceful during class, which is very important to me as I’ve practiced at some NYC studios that are located in older buildings where I’ve had to listen to floors creak, heaters clank and NYC cabbie’s screaming and beeping their horns on the street below, all while trying “meditate.” (Flashback of S&TC episode where Charlotte is having acupuncture and can’t focus…)
Anyways, I’m loving this hot yoga thing. I can make it through a 1:10 class without the room spinning and I feel so effin awesome after. Seriously, I have to go dancing at the moment.
It also helps me keep my eating in check. Who wants to stuff their face with cheese after sweating out all those toxins right? Now that I think about it, actually, my eating also keeps my yoga practice in check: last night after diving into a leftover slice of pizza in the fridge, I went and grabbed my yoga mat so I could sweat it out today.
I should point out that I’ve had an abnormal amount of energy lately. The change of season? A quick response to my feeble attempts at getting healthy? Or just a gift from above…
Whatever the eff it is, I’ve replaced my 10+ cup-a-day green tea habit with delicious, refreshing water, been exercising quasi-regularly and consider myself lucky if I clock 6 hours of sleep — and I bloody feel amazing.2008, working on LI, running and yoga’ing five days a week, in love and spending a lot of time with a veggie/ health nut… that was the that last time I felt this great.
Ok, enough of my gloating about how fantastic I feel and am enjoying life, because basically that’s what I’m doing.
I do highly recommend Yoga Sutra and their hot yoga classes. You’ll be touching body parts in the first ten minutes that you’ve never before seen (who knew it looked like that…)
Seriously, come join me!
There is one downside. But its not negative for me, but rather the people who have to sit next to me on the train afterwards. My current seat partner is tilted away from me — I’m guessing I smell!!