She has been doing "hot Yoga" for nearly 3 years, and I have to admit she looks GREAT (lucky for me!).
Basically, it is a series of 26 poses (asanas) and breathing exercises done over a 90-minute period, two reps each. Why "hot"?
The room is 40 degrees C!Holy crap that's hot, even for not doing anything. You sweat buckets in there. Rules are: no talking, and no water unless the teacher allows it (only during specific water breaks).
So what happened? Good news and bad news. The good news is - I survived (too stubborn to quit). The bad news - I was barely able to do even a single pose with any sense of self respect. The rest I was too stiff to even get the basic posture correct. It doesn't really matter - everyone is being purified in their own personal hell during the class. It feels so good when it's over.
I would never give up martial arts to do hot yoga, but it is not without benefit.
- increased flexibility
- weight/water loss
- better passive strength and muscle tone
I'd like to say I'll see you there, but I'll be too busy sweating and correcting my poses to notice.