All posts tagged: hot yoga

PURE Bikram Yoga: My 2nd go at the heat

My friend Colleen invited me to join her for a class at PURE Bikram Yoga. She mentioned that Kyle Chandler was once spotted at her studio, and I thought if there was a one in a billion chance that I too could see Coach Taylor in person, that was enough motivation. When we agreed to a day and time, I failed to remember that Superbowl was the night before. I stuffed myself silly at the party we went to – chips and queso, barbecue sauce-drenched meatballs, chicken legs, adult cocktails, the occasional crudite with ranch dip, etc. Realizing what I had coming in the morning, I chugged as much water as I could to prep for the sweatfest. PURE Bikram is a bikram only studio with certified instructors. They have 4 classes a day at the south location, except on the weekends. Guess there isn’t enough interest for a Saturday evening sweat-a-thon to offer it on the schedule. 🙂 Even though my first go at bikram wasn’t officially licensed, the sequence was very similar. That gave me …

Gaia Flow Yoga in Uptown Dallas

Upon the recommendation of my cousin and soon-to-be cousin-in-law, I tried out Gaia Flow Yoga in Uptown Dallas while visiting family for Chinese New Year. It’s located right off of Central Expressway on Blackburn St. There was plenty of free street parking in front and around the corner of the studio on that Saturday morning. At check-in, I filled out my profile information on an iPad. They’re running a $15 promotion for new students for unlimited yoga the first week, which I would’ve taken advantage of if our trip were longer than a weekend. All of the classes are heated to between 92 and 95 degrees, so I opted out of the early morning ashtanga class and went for a Gentle Waves class instead. They have a single studio space inside with mirrors on the front and side walls. I haven’t decided if studios that have mirrors use them so students can examine their form or to give the illusion that the room is bigger. Either way, I tried to stay away from the mirrors …

I’m re-thinking this hot yoga thing, y’all.

Last week, I took advantage of an introductory offer of 10 days of unlimited yoga for $20. This studio has mostly heated yoga classes, including that Bikram class I attended. By the 3rd heated class, I was ready to throw in the towel. I loved the teachers; they were all great. I just don’t think I’m built for hot yoga. While I can tolerate it, I really don’t WANT to. It wasn’t that my arms were dripping sweat and getting my hands all wet. It wasn’t that I felt disgusting with hair all matted to my face no matter how many times I tried to keep it slicked back. It wasn’t that we were all mat-to-mat, and I could feel my neighbor’s steamy skin nearly touching me. It wasn’t that at the end of class, no matter how much wiping of the floors everyone did, it was still tricky to walk out without nearly busting my ass. It wasn’t that I nearly dislocated my shoulder and pulled my neck muscle trying to peel my soaked …

My first hot yoga class

I took the plunge on trying a hot yoga class, aka non-franchised Bikram. I was never a huge fan of heat, which is kind of strange if you consider I was born on a subtropical island and grew up in Texas. You’d think I would be used to it. I do have to say that I think my years of ashtanga have made my body handle heat better, but I am still a super sweaty mess. This was different though. A balmy 105 is way more intense than a warm 80 degrees. My fears and anxiety before the class included: I’d feel nauseous and pass out I’d slip and fall in my own puddle of sweat I’d overheat and go running out of the room searching for the closest air conditioner I’d spend the whole class in savasana to stay below the rising heat Thankfully, none of my fears came true. I went to a new-to-me studio called Bfree Yoga that offers hot (Bikram and flow classes), yin, ashtanga and even guided meditation. The heat was … well, it …

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