Heat — ugh!! It can be 30 degrees outside, and my armpits will find a way to perspire. And when I sweat, I feel like a football player. My face sweats the most, and that’s just strange. Oh, excuse me, my face glistens. ( I almost forgot my Southern roots.)
I hate heat.
I love yoga.
So I thought it would be a great idea to try hot yoga?! Yep, I did this around Christmas time. Now, being from the swamps, I already “knew” what hot yoga would feel like, and I “knew” I would probably not care for it. I had several flashbacks of standing outside in LA just feeling myself melting, wondering why I even applied makeup, regretting fixing my hair. I envisioned this, but added the images of yoga. The thought of yoga was the only thing luring me into the studio.
Now I know why gurus advise against expectations … because these are usually WRONG. The heat was surprisingly pleasant. (I can’t believe I just wrote “heat” and “pleasant” in the same sentence and smiled while writing it!) I didn’t even notice my perspiration, except when large drops would land in my eyes or my mouth! This was the cleanest sweat I had ever experienced. Yes, clean sweat! No one smelled like rotten pits either. It was the strangest experience. I envisioned being locked in a room wreaking of swamp butt. If you’ve ever been in a swamp, you know the smell. Was there gas? Yes! Yoga has poses for the sheer purpose of “relieving wind”. Farting. EVERYONE farts in yoga. But no one stunk! The whole experience was, however, clean, serene, and nice.
I’ve been to about 15 classes so far, and I already feel wonderful. I know I’ll never be skinny, and that’s ok. But as long as I feel comfortable, I’m pleased. The heat has added an umph to my practice. I feel strong, light, and happy. The studio is Sunstone Yoga (McKinney, TX), and this little, almost hidden jewel has added so much richness in such a short amount of time. Warning: if you start hot yoga, you will crave it! I told my hubby that, and he acted as though he understood; he didn’t. But, about a week after he started, he understood.
P.S. Love to Sunstone Yoga! www.sunstoneyoga.com
P.P.S. If you would like to deepen your practice and/or become a teacher Purple Lotus is where its at! www.purplelotusyoga.com