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TexasRN
04-18-2010, 06:38 PM
So a friend at work has been going to Bikram Yoga (aka "hot yoga") and has been raving about it. I had heard of it back in Texas when all the women OB docs were going. So I decided that since I enjoyed yoga in college and my friend has invited me that I will go and try it out for myself. She has told me that no matter how good of shape you are in or how flexible, the first class will be very difficult and that my goal for today is to not leave the room. Sounds hard core to me and that has me quite intrigued by it all.

Hot yoga is yoga done in a room that is kept between 95 and 105 degrees Farenheit with a humidity of 40%. I'll let ya'll know if I survive the class and am able to stay in the room for the entire 90 minutes. Wish me luck!


~Amy

Silverback
04-18-2010, 06:43 PM
Good luck, thats all you ask, was to wish you luck, so I did.:tongue0011::tongue0011::tongue0011:

TexasRN
04-18-2010, 06:54 PM
Good luck, thats all you ask, was to wish you luck, so I did.:tongue0011::tongue0011::tongue0011:


Quit picturing me in yoga pants....


~Amy

Silverback
04-18-2010, 06:56 PM
Quit picturing me in yoga pants....


~Amy

No way Baby, I like it:Whistle::Whistle::Whistle:

TexasRN
04-18-2010, 07:00 PM
No way Baby, I like it:Whistle::Whistle::Whistle:

:laugh: I'll let you know how it goes with the class when it's all over. I'm not too worried, being from Texas and all.


~Amy

Chuck
04-18-2010, 07:02 PM
So a friend at work has been going to Bikram Yoga (aka "hot yoga") and has been raving about it. I had heard of it back in Texas when all the women OB docs were going. So I decided that since I enjoyed yoga in college and my friend has invited me that I will go and try it out for myself. She has told me that no matter how good of shape you are in or how flexible, the first class will be very difficult and that my goal for today is to not leave the room. Sounds hard core to me and that has me quite intrigued by it all.

Hot yoga is yoga done in a room that is kept between 95 and 105 degrees Farenheit with a humidity of 40%. I'll let ya'll know if I survive the class and am able to stay in the room for the entire 90 minutes. Wish me luck!


~Amy

We're kind of in the same spot.. I was just about to try it in Washington then we moved to Florida. :-( So I've been looking for a studio nearby that offers it as well.

Good luck and keep us posted!!

TexasRN
04-18-2010, 07:05 PM
We're kind of in the same spot.. I was just about to try it in Washington then we moved to Florida. :-( So I've been looking for a studio nearby that offers it as well.

Good luck and keep us posted!!

I'll let you know how it goes. I hope I like it. :unsure-1:

Have you ever done yoga before? I did a class in college and loved it and have kept up with it from time to time but just at home on my own.

~Amy

philips4
04-18-2010, 08:09 PM
I'll let you know how it goes. I hope I like it. :unsure-1:

Have you ever done yoga before? I did a class in college and loved it and have kept up with it from time to time but just at home on my own.

~Amy

Even if you hate it, its supposed to be really good for you! I go to "normal" yoga once a week and hate it but can tell a difference in my flexibility! The worst part is seeing all those healthy 80 year olds bend themselves into pretzels and I'm struggling trying to keep standing! Once a year my buddy in Maui makes me go to the "hot" yoga. Again my competitive "I can do anything you can do" attitude almost got me killed, by the end of the 90 minutes I was laying in a pool of my own sweat wishing I could crawl out of the room but didn't have the strength! Good luck with that, let us know what you think!

TexasRN
04-18-2010, 11:44 PM
Even if you hate it, its supposed to be really good for you! I go to "normal" yoga once a week and hate it but can tell a difference in my flexibility! The worst part is seeing all those healthy 80 year olds bend themselves into pretzels and I'm struggling trying to keep standing! Once a year my buddy in Maui makes me go to the "hot" yoga. Again my competitive "I can do anything you can do" attitude almost got me killed, by the end of the 90 minutes I was laying in a pool of my own sweat wishing I could crawl out of the room but didn't have the strength! Good luck with that, let us know what you think!

Well I've done it. I was very nervous hearing all the stories of people almost passing out or throwing up during their first class. And it doesn't help to be told that my only goal is to remain in the room for the entire 90 minutes. My friend couldn't make it since she's ill but I sucked it up and went anyway. Alone.....

Let me just say that the heat was not fun but it wasn't horrendous. There was a girl in there who was about 6 months pregnant and was doing all kinds of crazy poses and made me feel awful about my flexibility. :blink:

So I'll go tomorrow again and see how I feel. I am feeling pretty good now that it's all over and I've showered. More later when I've eaten and had some bf time.


~Amy

Silverback
04-18-2010, 11:49 PM
Well I've done it. I was very nervous hearing all the stories of people almost passing out or throwing up during their first class. And it doesn't help to be told that my only goal is to remain in the room for the entire 90 minutes. My friend couldn't make it since she's ill but I sucked it up and went anyway. Alone.....

Let me just say that the heat was not fun but it wasn't horrendous. There was a girl in there who was about 6 months pregnant and was doing all kinds of crazy poses and made me feel awful about my flexibility. :blink:

So I'll go tomorrow again and see how I feel. I am feeling pretty good now that it's all over and I've showered. More later when I've eaten and had some bf time.


~Amy
I might as well live up to your BF thinking we are perv's, we want pictures...:tongue0011::tongue0011::tongue0011:

Bonnie
04-19-2010, 12:09 PM
Glad you made it through, Amy. A guy my husband works with tried it and apparently was overcome by the heat and began to pass out, fell forward and ended up with a minor black eye.

I wouldn't mind trying regular yoga, but don't think I'd do well in the "hot" class. I've never liked saunas--always felt like I couldn't breathe; I imagine it might feel like that. Our dentist (a guy) goes to the hot class and loves it.

County Mike
04-19-2010, 12:40 PM
What is the benefit of keeping the room so hot and humid? Other than making it harder to get through the class, I'm not sure how it would be any better for you. I actually worry that it's worse for you because you'll end up dehydrated.

Bonnie
04-19-2010, 01:02 PM
I just googled the benefits of "hot" yoga. Apparently, there are quite a few benefits to the different systems of our body. Seems to have to do with the humidity/moisture in the air, our core temperature and how our body adjusts to the heated environment during exercise--how it transmitts the heat away from our core via our skin through sweating. Some benefits: Warms up the muscles and tissues allowing for better flexibility and endurance, cardiovascular, detoxifies, just to name a few. Hope I got the gist of it. :wink:

But there are things they suggest you should do to keep hydrated before and during the class.

Black Mamba
04-19-2010, 10:40 PM
Wow, 90 minute yoga class. :blink: I've been doing 75 minutes classes...but what's another 15 minutes.

I'll have to research first if it's safe to do hot yoga with high BP. If not, then I won't do it. I've been doing yoga on and off for 4 years, recently been going full force for school credit. I love it! Especially, chavanasa (sp?) the end part. :laugh:

TexasRN
04-19-2010, 10:48 PM
What is the benefit of keeping the room so hot and humid? Other than making it harder to get through the class, I'm not sure how it would be any better for you. I actually worry that it's worse for you because you'll end up dehydrated.


Bonnie pretty much covered it. Really as a nurse I worry about unhealthy people trying it out since the heat is not easy to overcome in there. I am not usually a sweaty person but I was pouring sweat and dripping all down my legs even. I'm not sore today and they say it's because the heat made my muscles more limber. I worry that I didn't work hard enough, I always feel good when I'm sore from a workout. :laugh:

You really have to hydrate before the class. You are allowed 2 short water breaks during class but are not to leave the room. (You carry water) And you have to replenish after class meaning the sodium and other electrolytes you lose when you sweat that much along with more water.

I dunno. I am not going tonight. I haven't been sleeping much lately and it's added up and I feel like crap. Plus work has been nuts since we're severely short handed right now. So I'll go tomorrow and see how it feels on day 2 of hot yoga.


~Amy

TexasRN
04-19-2010, 10:50 PM
Wow, 90 minute yoga class. :blink: I've been doing 75 minutes classes...but what's another 15 minutes.

I'll have to research first if it's safe to do hot yoga with high BP. If not, then I won't do it. I've been doing yoga on and off for 4 years, recently been going full force for school credit. I love it! Especially, chavanasa (sp?) the end part. :laugh:

I have low to normal BP and there were times my whole body was pounding with my heart so maybe it isn't for those with high BP. I dunno. I LOVE regular yoga but haven't kept up with it as much as I should. I just don't push myself when I'm practicing at home alone. And yeah, death pose is one of my faves as well. Figures you'd like it, just from the name alone. :wink:

~Amy

TexasRN
04-19-2010, 10:51 PM
Glad you made it through, Amy. A guy my husband works with tried it and apparently was overcome by the heat and began to pass out, fell forward and ended up with a minor black eye.

I wouldn't mind trying regular yoga, but don't think I'd do well in the "hot" class. I've never liked saunas--always felt like I couldn't breathe; I imagine it might feel like that. Our dentist (a guy) goes to the hot class and loves it.

I like the heat and have always loved saunas. I think you'd like regular yoga and the benefits of it would be great for you at this point in time. :)


~Amy

Bonnie
04-20-2010, 04:11 AM
I like the heat and have always loved saunas. I think you'd like regular yoga and the benefits of it would be great for you at this point in time. :)


~Amy

My breathing has definitely improved since December when I started my reconditioning, Amy. It's something I will always have to keep up with or I will go backwards. Maybe now would be a good time to try yoga and see how I like it.

Black Mamba
04-21-2010, 01:14 AM
I have low to normal BP and there were times my whole body was pounding with my heart so maybe it isn't for those with high BP. I dunno. I LOVE regular yoga but haven't kept up with it as much as I should. I just don't push myself when I'm practicing at home alone. And yeah, death pose is one of my faves as well. Figures you'd like it, just from the name alone. :wink:

~Amy

I try not to have favorites in yoga, but nothing beats the death pose. :laugh: I'm not sure if you'd tried this or not, but for a good modification to the death pose I recommend this: roll up your mat, lay it flat in the vertical position, measure out roughly a fist distance apart, and then lay down. It gives a gentle backbend that feels awesome.

I semi push myself at home, but not much. Maybe practice a few poses, I'm trying to master a full blown head stand, but can only do a modified one. There's a yoga show on a health channel that has 30 min yoga routines that are sweet. But some of the shows are pretty advanced. The spring wind series is something I recommend, but only after a good 5 min warm up.

Ohhhh and I got another pose that really sweet (forgot the name though): first get into the pigeon, then place a block down for your head. From there bring your torso all the way down. After that gently twist your torso, and if you can, bring your hands into a prayer position with the top hand/arm/shoulder facing up.

I've just recently tried that, and it another awesome status pose. :cool:

County Mike
04-21-2010, 11:04 AM
I'm waiting for hot, naked yoga. Of course, the keyword hot - meaning the women need to be hot.

TexasRN
04-21-2010, 11:09 AM
I'm waiting for hot, naked yoga. Of course, the keyword hot - meaning the women need to be hot.


Well there was a not hot woman there who decided a bra was not for her. You know what happens to wet t-shirts. :scared0015: Between her and the pregnant woman, I was scared to keep my eyes open to see what else may happen in class. :laugh:


~Amy

Silverback
04-21-2010, 11:25 AM
Well there was a not hot woman there who decided a bra was not for her. You know what happens to wet t-shirts. :scared0015: Between her and the pregnant woman, I was scared to keep my eyes open to see what else may happen in class. :laugh:


~Amy

Yes, I know Mike is going to ask, He wants to see the pictures,(that boy is 8 up):tongue0011::tongue0011::tongue0011:

County Mike
04-21-2010, 11:54 AM
8 up? What's that mean?

Since Amy says she's "not hot" I could do without the pictures. Not saying I wouldn't look at them. Sometimes you wanna see things just because they're bizarre, not always because they're nice to look at.

philips4
04-21-2010, 03:02 PM
Ohhhh and I got another pose that really sweet (forgot the name though): first get into the pigeon, then place a block down for your head. From there bring your torso all the way down. After that gently twist your torso, and if you can, bring your hands into a prayer position with the top hand/arm/shoulder facing up.

I've just recently tried that, and it another awesome status pose. :cool:

:scared0011: This sounds like an ancient torture method! Just listening to the technique and I'll tell ya' anything you want to know! :scared0015: You must be one of those gals I'm so jealous of in class, I stare in amazement as your body contorts as I hang out wondering how you changed your bones to rubber!

Silverback
04-21-2010, 05:37 PM
8 up? What's that mean?

Since Amy says she's "not hot" I could do without the pictures. Not saying I wouldn't look at them. Sometimes you wanna see things just because they're bizarre, not always because they're nice to look at.

8 up means kinda what you said, sorta like the bizarre statement, you mean nobody as ever said to you, you are all 8 up. I have been told that lots of times, sometimes its good and other times, well, no so good!!:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Chuck
04-21-2010, 09:42 PM
I'm waiting for hot, naked yoga. Of course, the keyword hot - meaning the women need to be hot.

They already have it... kinda thought you did it by now.... :ninja:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_DietAndFitnessNews/wireStory?id=10300830

Black Mamba
04-21-2010, 10:33 PM
:scared0011: This sounds like an ancient torture method! Just listening to the technique and I'll tell ya' anything you want to know! :scared0015: You must be one of those gals I'm so jealous of in class, I stare in amazement as your body contorts as I hang out wondering how you changed your bones to rubber!

:ashamed:

Almost, not quite. :laugh: There's some poses that I'm still trying to conquer. My hamstrings are surprisingly tight, and making my knees flatboard straight is pretty hard so there's modifications I gotta do.

But I will say lots of the poses if you practice at least twice a week you can get to the intermediate status within a year. It took me a2 years to do a full blown back bend.

They already have it... kinda thought you did it by now.... :ninja:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_DietAndFitnessNews/wireStory?id=10300830

They also have naked aerobics. :ninja: I came across that DVD with a yoga one in a magazine.

And for the record: I've never down a naked class. I don't think I can keep a straight face while doing it. Some of those yoga poses are extremely hairy.

County Mike
04-21-2010, 11:15 PM
Chuck: How would you know about the naked GAY yoga class? Very disturbing.