I recently signed up to the gym, and by recently I mean I went once, and then waited several months before returning because... life happened (I think we've all been there).
Then, one morning I woke up with a mixture of determination and frustration, dragged my sorry ass out of bed and into the gym. I arrived, that was meant to be the hardest part, right? Wrong! I looked around at everyone who looked so confident on the machines, those with personal trainers and then there was me, in a corner feeling completely overwhelmed. So I decided to go slow and take a class. One class, it didn't have to become a ritual, just one to get me feeling accomplished.
I picked Hot Yoga, and not because of some deep meaningful reason but because it was the first class on for the day, and I got hooked. There are a few things I loved about Hot Yoga, but mostly:
Flexibility - The heat really helps to be able to stretch yourself that little bit further and I was leave the class feeling a little bit more limber then when I came in.
Routine - I would be the last person to say I like routine as I am the queen of spontaneity in my personal life, however Hot Yoga gave me, 'me' time, and anyone who says they don't like that is lying.
It was hard - I hate to be one of those people, but yoga just doesn't look very challenging, right? Wrong! The next day muscles I didn't even realise I had were sore. I also love that every week was another small challenge to improve.
Peace - The ability to take time out of your day to focus on breathing and mindfulness really helps still the mind, and after a crazy day at work that is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Have you tried hot yoga? What did you think?