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30(ish) Days of Yoga

Yesterday was the last day of my 30 day new student pass at the yoga studio by my job.  I really really started to fall in love with yoga during the 3 weeks that I actually could attend regularly.  I found that 2-3 classes a week was the perfect amount for me considering it’s not  my main workout.

I took mostly hot yoga classes because I took a hot intro class and looooved it.  Since I go after work and I’m naturally like 95 degrees instead of normal human body temperature, the hot room just felt wonderful.  In the non hot classes I would not warm up until about halfway through.  In the hot classes I was warm really quick, which enabled me to get deeper into the stretches.  One of the benefits I was looking for out of yoga was to get a fantastic stretch since I tend to be really tight from INSANITY.  And the hot yoga classes gave me that much better than the regular yoga classes.  I will tell you that even though I was doing *extra* exercise, I experienced a huge reduction in soreness after adding yoga in.  I definitely think this is because I was able to get a really good deep stretch that was much better than what I do at home.  I suspected a bit part of my problem has been due to this and now I am 100% convinced of the fact I need to stretch deeper and longer most days.

The other thing I loved from hot yoga was how peaceful I felt afterwards.  I did NOT expect this and it honestly wasn’t something I was looking for going into it.  Not because I didn’t know yoga was a meditative practice…but because I have never felt that from a yoga workout at home.  Perhaps because at home it’s usually *the workout of the day* so I am focused on trying to get my calorie burn in.  But since the focus here was on the stretch, I allowed myself to really get mentally into the practice and clear.  I left the practice every class feeling on top of the world, which honestly, was the thing that made me want to go more.  Between all the things going on, stress management is a HUGE thing that I’ve been trying to work on this year.  When I’m stressed I tend to fall into bad habits, which usually means doughnuts and fried things.  Realizing how stress reducing yoga practice is – you better believe I have a new strategy for dealing with stress for sure.  I feel like this is the one part that I only felt because I mentally went into this practice very differently than I have when I’ve done it at home.

So bottom line – I love yoga lol.  I will be checking out a few more studio options to see how I like those classes.  I wasn’t really interested in one by my house when I first started my love affair with hot yoga because there aren’t many classes a week.  But now looking at it, I think that is fine since I’m not looking to go as often as I thought.  I also will look for some different style yoga workouts for home.  Right now I have P90x Yoga X, P90x Fountain of Youth, Bob Harper Yoga for the Warrior, and Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga.  I want to find some that are more meditative and less workout focused because that is what really puts me in my good place.

Do you want to try yoga?  Just a few tips…

  • I definitely recommend finding a studio with a 30 day lower cost trial option.
  • Try multiple teachers (there is a HUGE difference between teachers!!) and styles.
  • Try the slow flow of hatha and the moving flow of vinyasa.
  • Don’t spend a ton of money to start off with either.  Most studios will let you rent a mat so you can see if you want to invest in one after you try a few classes.  And you do NOT need to go to Lululemon for $90 yoga pants just to get started (or ever unless you want to spend the money) – just wear something comfortable.
  • For hot yoga go for shorts and a tank top (you close your eyes a lot and most hot rooms are darkened…don’t stress your body, trust me) and for non-hot yoga go for longer pants and a tank.  For both find a top that is somewhat fitted so it doesn’t float over your head every time you go into downward dog.
  • For hot yoga drink lots of water all day before you go and during and after (you will sweat more than you thought you could) and add a little salt to your water to help replace the sodium you may lose.

Yogi Kim

Hey friends!

I am so so excited because I am going to spend the next few weeks doing YOGA in addition to INSANITY!  I have never done yoga in a real studio more than a one off class here and there.  I’ve done a lot of yoga with P90x One on One Fountain of Youth and P90x Yoga X over the past few months.  Also every workout program from Beachbody has a stretch/recovery workout at least once a week if not daily….so I have been stretching quite a bit lately and finding that it is something I really enjoy.  Increased flexibility is a HUGE athletic goal of mine.  It helps improve your range of motion (which means that I can get into better position for the different exercises and not get injured), relieves stress, and helps reduce recovery time post exercise.  It is in general really good for your body, especially when you are doing body punishing workouts like INSANITY.  You can’t expect to push your body to the limits without giving it the care it deserves and still function.

Yoga memberships are pricey and I don’t really know if I will be able to use it as much as I would want.  A lot of studios offer a very inexpensive 30 day rate for new students (mine was under $40 for a month of yoga, they want to get you hooked!) and it’s a good way to try out different types of yoga classes and see how often your schedule allows you to attend classes.   Most studios have varying packages – pay a year in advance, monthly rates, drop in rates or class punch cards – and doing the 30 day yoga challenge so to speak will let you figure out which type of membership is the right price or none of them are the right price because you hate going to a real live yoga class regularly 🙂

Anyway, I’m super excited to try this out.  I wanted to do it in conjunction with INSANITY because I’m going to be beating my body up pretty good in my AM workouts and I figured that the yoga classes in the evenings a few times a week will really help me stretch it out, especially the hot yoga classes!

Anybody else a yogi out there?  Any tips?  I have gone to hot yoga classes here and there, but not in many years (like 6).

Also sharing a progress photo.  The pic on the left is the side view of the picture in the same shirt in my header taken in September.  The pic on the right side was from this week wearing the same shirt, but different pants.  I had to finally throw those left side pants away because they were finally just way too big.  I’ll probably wear this shirt forever though, it’s a great reminder of how far I have come and how much I have changed my life and my outlook over the past months.  The crazy thing is, I had already lost 22 lbs BEFORE that picture was taken.  Definitely glad I am on the path that I am on these days.