Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tropical Yoga

Last night 3 friends and I braved HOT yoga. AKA bikram yoga, sweaty yoga, etc. These are the things I wish someone would have told me before I went to HOT yoga . . .
  1. Do NOT under any circumstances put any lotion on your legs at any time on the day you plan to attend hot yoga.
  2. A small hand towel is not big enough to mop up the amount of sweat you will produce during hot yoga.
  3. Your yoga mat can and will double as a slip-and-slide.
  4. If you are practicing hot yoga next to a friend and you are now on the slip-and-slide, try not to look at your friend, as you most likely will spend more energy trying to keep from laughing uncontrollably rather than holding the tree, eagle, whatever pose.
  5. Downward dog does not work on a slippery yoga mat - it quickly turns into push-up position. However, if you bring a LARGE beach towel to cover your yoga mat you'll be fine. (This is the key thing I noticed between the "regular hot yogis" and my friends and I last night . . . NOBODY except the 4 of us had tiny towels.)
I really wanted to take a picture of all of us during the session, but figured some of the hard-core yogis wouldn't appreciate my "I need a photo for my blog" explanation. So instead I snapped a post-yoga "we survived" photo.

9 comments:

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

It was a blast! HA! We made it, without falling over! You did GREAT! Seriously - not too much laughing either. Next time, we will be prepared. :)

Brooke said...

Haha! I learned the hard way with Bikram too.

Maggs said...

Haha. Definately good tips. I had forgotten about my first couple times to Bikram yoga. But I love it!

Cy said...

Good times...Oh yes, I remember the first time in HOT yoga without my yogitoes mat. Slip and Slide is the perfect analogy!

Jennifer Harrison said...

YEAH, there is Marit!!! I am so glad you guys had fun! We have a few of those HOT yoga classes here, I need to find them b/c they are RARE!!! Love the pics. :) SO glad Marit has made some friends already. Jen H.

rocketpants said...

Hot yoga can be *quite* the experience. One of my recent adventures i did have a towel...but not big enough to cover the whole mat so only half of me was sliding. The instructor finally took pity on me and brought me another towel. It does feel good afterwards...maybe not during though.

Roo said...

As if I didn't have enough excuses already!

BreeWee said...

Oh I love it! Man, you got Marit there, I totally want to hang out with you guys!

Fun tips...

E.L.F. said...

Hey, is that Brian S? He is actually a friend of mine!!!