Last month 2 of my friends and I signed up for hot yoga! I always wanted to try hot yoga before because I read about the benefits online, and it seemed a great way to get myself to exercise more. I went to a studio in Toronto called Hot Yoga Wellness 1-2 times a week for about a month. So in this blog post I'll go over what I felt during this 30 days at hot yoga and specifically the yoga studio I attended.
1) Stress Relieving
When I was first starting yoga I had a lot of stress about personal stuff and I found yoga to be very stress relieving. Focusing on my breathing, the slow motions, and just the calming voice of the instructor. The heat in the room also helped me just focus on the motions at hand and nothing else. Whenever I left the room it felt like a weight off my chest and I felt lighter too (might also be the fact I just came from a stuffy warm room to the cool outside... :P). A nice change from staring at my laptop or phone for an hour.
My flexibility definitely improved every time I went to yoga. The positions really put your flexibility and balance to the test. Of course everyone should know their own limit, but to really get the most out of hot yoga you really have to push yourself a little bit, instead of being just comfortable.
To be honest I read online and the instructor told me about how certain positions are releasing toxins from my body etc, etc .... butttt I didn't really feel anything different, actually I don't think you can feel that. Anyways that wasn't what I was looking to get out of yoga so whatever, if it did great, if it didn't oh well.
4) The Studio
The studio I went to is called Hot Yoga Wellness in Toronto on Kennedy Rd near Pacific Mall. I got the beginner pass which was $40 for unlimited access for a month then after that I was planning on getting the $71 student pass for unlimited classes every month. However I realized that I'm spending too much time on the road to get there, so now I'm trying to find another location that is closer.
This studio was rather small I think, there was only the one room and the first time I went there was a fair amount of people. The room was filled and there was about an arm length between each person, but after that every time I went there was so many people that our mats were a few cm away from each other. I'm not sure if this is normal for yoga studios or not, but it did get a little uncomfortable being so close with other people.
In the end my advice for people who want to get into yoga is that you'll get from yoga what you expect get. Really listening to the instructor and feeling the stretches.
If you tried yoga before let me know how your experience was!
Thanks for reading xo