For a couple of years now I have been wanting to explore hot yoga. I have been practicing yoga on my own for almost 15 years but only one type and style. There is a yoga studio, Evolation, located less than a mile from my grandmother's home that I have passed many times. This time I decided to try out a class! They have many classes offered but I chose their "Warm 60" class as an intro to the hot yoga scene. It is a 60 minute yoga class using the same sequences as hot yoga but in a shorter class and slightly cooler room - 90 degrees versus 105 degrees. It was a cold morning when I went for class so stepping into the warm room felt great!
Within five minutes I was sweating - and I was just sitting there! The instructor made a point of learning my name AND saying it correctly! In fact, she did a better job than some of my long time friends at saying my name! The class was made up of about 40% male and the rest female. I was actually quite surprised at the number of men who walked in! They provided mats and towels if you did not have one, but I brought my own. You leave your shoes by the front door and can use their changing rooms if needed. There are no lockers but they do have cubbies to put your things in. The studio is locked during class. I felt very safe and wasn't worried about my stuff.
I chose to wear as little clothing as possible - a Lululemon bra top and their boogie shorts, which are the second shortest they sell! I wanted to sweat but not be trapped in drenched clothing! People had on various different things and there were a few women dressed like me. I was dealing with self-conscious demons that day being in public dressed like I was going to the beach or something! It was a good thing for me to go through and actually proved to be quite a reassuring experience!
Class began with breathing exercises and then you move in to the various postures. Since I have practiced yoga for so long I knew and had done many of the poses. Thankfully the instructor used both the yoga name and the English name for the moves or I may have been lost! I watched others a few times to get a move but for the most part watched myself in the mirror. This is the one drawback of workouts at home. I can never see myself to know if I am in correct alignment or position. This also goes back to the self-conscious part. Being able to see my strength in action and watch my body move gave me a new found appreciation for it!
By the time I was about 15 minutes into class, the sweat was literally pouring off of me! It really felt great! The clothing choice also gave me freedom to move. I never felt too hot or even the least bit uncomfortable. I truly enjoyed the Warm 60 class and planned on returning again after my run Saturday morning.
|Ready for Warm 60 Yoga!|
When I returned on Saturday, it was after a quick three miles on Bayshore. I had parked my car at the studio and walked to Bayshore for my run then walked back after.
|Running on Bayshore in Tampa is my favorite place to run!|
|My reflection in the window near the studio pre-run|
This class was lead by a male instructor and was PACKED! I have never had a male instructor before. He was very different than the first instructor I had there but I loved it! He was great! Even funny! The class was literally wall to wall people and this time I'd say it was about half male and half female. At my last class I was in the back row but still could see myself in the mirror. This class I was right up front! There was no avoiding myself! The instructor lead us through a similar sequence but sometimes we held the pose longer or repeated it more. It was a tough but great workout! I cannot wait to go back the next time I am in Tampa!
For my other Spring Break Adventure I decided to try out a Pure Barre class. We have a studio here in Jacksonville Beach but I had never been. This class uses a mix of weights, resistance and Pilates which sounded like a great replacement for my regular strength training and Pilates workout I do at home! Only I wouldn't have to haul all my weights and props down to Tampa with me! So I scheduled myself a class online at the Pure Barre website. It was just that easy!
When you take a Pure Barre class there are a few things you need to know. Number one, be ready for a REAL workout! It was tough! But none of the moves were impossible and they offer variations if you need them. Some of the moves I could not hold or do as many reps, but I tried! Number two is clothing choices. You have to wear a top that covers your midriff and you need to wear socks. I forgot socks but they had some at the studio you could buy which was actually better. The socks they had have non-skid designs on the bottom which really helped on the carpet, so I was glad I forgot my socks!
|Ready for my first Pure Barre Tampa experience!|
During my new adventures, it was also pretty nice to be complemented by both instructors on my ability. Specifically the instructor at Pure Barre told me I was in great shape! Wow! Thanks! That's always nice to hear especially from someone you don't know.
Trying out new classes alone can be scary but overcoming that and just getting out there to see what's available is so worth it! I really enjoyed branching out and trying something new while in Tampa and I look forward to returning to both studios on future visits. I wonder what else I can try next time??
Have you ever "branched out" and tried a new class on your own? Would you?