I have a ton of stuff on my bucket list. Most are easily attainable, some require money, & training, others just need to be a focus. Since living in San Diego, I have wanted to do a 30 day hot yoga challenge. Initally the goal was simply bikram, but quite honestly, the scheduling for that just would never work in my life. I also have found that the delivery of bikram stresses me. So I opened my challenge to be 30 days of hot yoga. I still held off on starting, hot yoga studios are wicked expensive (still are!) but after writing my goals for 2016, I knew that I wanted to accomplish more off of my bucketlist this year than last. So after comparing a few hot local studios - I went with the Hot Yoga Spot ( it is close to my house) and began. I've made it 7 days in a row and plan to continue. Below are a few thoughts that I had about the class. (this week I mostly talked about the instructors- maybe next week I'll focus on my practice more...) anyhow. Week one, complete.
Day 1: Hot Detox Yoga - Aaron
Admittedly I didn't really want to go to the class simply based on the name. Detox, really? But it fit in the time frame that I was looking for so I finally bit the bullet, signed up for a whole unlimited month and went. I hadn't been to The Hot Yoga Spot before but it's close to my house. ( I had wanted to support a coworkers yoga studio, but it is just too far away) It was busy. The class fit nearly 36 people in a very small room. Surprisingly I found this comforting. It was impossible to watch other people - and I figured no one was watching me (which I know they aren't anyways). I hadn't been to a male instructors class since my days with Morrie in San Diego. Morrie was who brought me to yoga regularly. Aaron kept the class going at a good pace, offered modifications, &made jokes, I enjoyed the environment he created and am looking forward to trying some of his other classes.
Moment of note: Finding stillness in mountain - not playing with my hair or fixing clothes. Just be still.
Day 2: Hot Vinyasa - Jess P
I had wanted to go to an earlier class, but had a staff meeting that kept me a bit later. But I also didn't want to go to too late. (it's dark & cold, its hard for me to be out of the house after 8pm since I want to be asleep by then) Parking was tougher, but found a spot on the upper lot and checked in. Again it was packed. Between the earlier classes letting out & others coming it- there isn't quite enough locker/coat space but apparently they are expanding. I found my way into my room, and ended up next to a heater (3 walls had heaters) and I didn't want to be in the center. This class wasn't as full as the detox, but it certainly wasn't empty. I could see myself in the mirror, which messed with my head a bit - I prefer to not be able to check myself and others out. (btw the girl next to me is SO advanced, she makes me look like a brand newbie.) The class was good, I struggled with chaturangas but otherwise enjoyed this instructors class as well. She talks a lot - I like everything she said, but man she could probably use a solid deep breath! I would definitely take her class again.
Day 3: Hot Slow Flow - Aaron
I mistakenly thought that this class would be 'easier' after two days of hot yoga & running 6 miles before the class. I was wrong. It did move at a slower pace, which was at times harder since then I had to hold poses for longer. Again I enjoyed Aaron's class. He knows the routine he wants to lead and is very clear on the sequence. At some point he said " you have the ability to choose to be happy" this is something I strongly believe in, it was refreshing to hear it.
Day 4: Hot Vinyasa - Bethany
I was able to make it directly to class after school. I was surprised at how busy the class was given it was 4:30. I enjoyed Bethanys class. She is more 'serious' than Aaron or Jess but creates a very peaceful environment. I've stopped trying to do chaturanga but settled into knees / chest/ upward dog. Despite my many years of yoga, apparently I've been doing proper chaturangas wrong, so this is a new adjustment for me.
Day 5: Hot Flexbility Flow - Aaron
I like exploring different classes, but Aaron seems to teach the classes that work best for me. After school I picked up Marcy dog, did 2 loops at SUNY Albany before heading back down Western Ave for class. I enjoyed the class and it was a really relaxing way to end the week.
Day 6: Hot Gentle Yoga - Vickie
It wasn't until this class, that I realized that I am considered a "new years resolutioner" I was chatting with a woman who mentioned that it won't be as busy once the new years - fades out. She wasn't rude about it - but I realized that it includes me. (although I have 24 days to go) at any rate - a woman that I volunteered with in october was in class next to me, which was fun to see a familiar face. Lately I've been very happy to run into people throughout the community. Gentle is a very good way to describe the class, very little downward dogs or chaturangas. It was a nice break from the previous 5 days. It was still a sweatfest, but it did allow for me to focus on some small movements, like my hands & breath.
Day 7:: Hot Gentle Yoga - Karen
This class was still a good sweat. But the instructor seemed very disjointed. She would start a pose and then backtrack. Really, what I saw was me trying to teach a yoga class. She clearly knew her stuff, knew what she wanted to do, but couldn't quite excute it clearly. The main difference I saw, was that the other instructors I've seen did very little of their own practice, mostly guiding others during the class. Karen spent most of her time on the mat - it seems that multi-tasking just wasn't working yet. I saw some familiar faces from the running club and enjoyed the more 'gentle' style class before jumping back into another full week of classes.