You may have noticed that I haven't mentioned going to yoga lately - well, that's because until Monday night, I hadn't attended any yoga classes since I went to Senior Yoga. What can I say - I just wasn't all that excited about that group - a little (actually, a lot) too much talking, not enough doing, for my liking. Plus it was about an hour and a half class, and that was after I swam. Talk about having exercise take up half the day! While that particular class wasn't for me, I knew that yoga was - I just needed to find the right group. And I think I have - while this might should weird to many of you, it's a hot yoga class that is currently being held outdoors at the park just up the street from my house!
I found this group through one of those local coupon deals - at $15 for 5 classes, I couldn't pass it up. I even treated my running buddy Jenny to a coupon to lure her into coming with me...because really, who in their right mind would not only DO hot yoga, but do it outside, in the Texas heat, at 6:00 pm, which is usually when we reach the high temperature for the day?
::raises hand:: Me, that's who! And Jenny, and another woman, plus the instructor and a guy who is the instructor for the Tuesday/Thursday sessions. And you know what? It wasn't bad! We were in the shade, and yes, it was hot - 101 when we started, and I'm sure the humidity had it feeling more like 105 or so. But, as the instructor explained, the heat loosens up your muscles so there's less chance for injury. And I like to think that this group is being energy efficient - no need to go into a studio and crank up the thermostat when you can let nature do that for you for free, right?
Anyway, we did a lot of poses - most were standing, and I have to tell you, I was a shaking fool! Even though I am pretty strong from swimming, holding some of these poses were tough. I was a limp rag when we were done - the class lasted for 75 minutes, and another benefit I discovered from doing yoga in the evening was that I passed out when I went to bed! Of course, I didn't stay asleep, but I'll take a few good hours of hard sleep any day, er, night! The only thing I need to do is find a thicker yoga mat. We were on concrete, and boy howdy, did I ever feel that coming through on my knees! A trip to TJ Maxx or Academy should take care of that little problem.
So along with swimming 5 days a week, I'll be doing hot yoga at least one evening a week - probably two, because I really don't have an excuse not to...being that it only takes me a minute to drive there. Can't beat that, right?