That time I tried Hot Yoga

April 17, 2016 Einat Naveh

First time I tried Hot Yoga

Let me tell you about the first time I tried Hot Yoga (even though I HATE getting sweaty...!)

I wasn't a total yoga novice. I enjoyed adding in a yoga class to my routine once in a while but admittedly the classes I was trying were pretty tame and I never broke a sweat. One day, my coworker dragged me to a Yoga to the People class after work.

This was not for the faint of heart! As soon as the elevator doors opened I was welcomed with a very distinct scent and people were crowded all around waiting for class to start. Sparse amenities (no eucalyptus soaked towel like I would later enjoy once I joined Pure Yoga!) but there was a unified sense of mission in the air. Or maybe that was the odor? Either way, 90 minutes later, I was HOOKED. 

I was also drenched in sweat to the point that you could actually wring out my clothes (sorry TMI!) Talk about detox! I had the best night's sleep of my life that evening and my skin was glowing the next day. I even made healthier food choices because my body felt so GOOD.

Let me be honest, there was nothing I wouldn't try on my mission to look and feel my best as I was planning my wedding.

* Juicing raw beets, kale, ginger, and anything green - check!

* Trying every boutique fitness studio in Manhattan - check!

* Scouring Lifebooker & GiltCity to get the best facials in town - check!

etc, etc!

Finding another form of exercise that made me feel good from the inside out was amazing. I eventually upgraded my Hot Yoga studio to Pure Yoga (if you are in NYC it seriously is the best) but the point was that I tried something new. I tried something even though instinctively I thought I would hate it. Instead, I loved it. I loved it so much I continued going for years, even long after the wedding. 

What have you tried recently that surprised you?

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