Why Hot Yoga is Good for the Soul

By Erica D'Arcangelo,

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A few months ago my best friend and FHF co-creater Corina talked me into going to my first hot yoga class. I loved yoga and I didn’t mind the heat so I decided to go. I’m not going to lie; about 15 minutes in I thought I might die. I sweated more than I had in my life and went through a series of emotions ranging from exhilaration to hate to grief and everything in between. After my first class I felt great, like I had really accomplished something. And I told myself that I would never ever go to hot yoga again.

But after that first class something happened to me. I started comparing all my workouts to that hot yoga class. I wanted more. So a few weeks later I went to another class. About 20 minutes into my 90 minute mega mix class in a 110 degree dim room, I had the same thing happen.; wanting to quit, hating it and feeling like I never wanted to go back.

My Love Hate Relationship with Hot Yoga

My love hate relationship with hot yoga has continued since but the more I go the less I hate it and the more I love. Hot yoga, like anything challenging in life has a few components that I think are very interesting and compare to all things that challenge us.

About Hot Yoga

For those of you who have been reading this wondering what I’m talking about here’s some info about hot yoga:

Hot yoga is a bit like regular yoga except that you are in a room where the temperature ranges from 95-110 degrees. Classes are usually between 45 minutes and 2 hours. The heat helps to relax your muscles, which is said to increase flexibility (and also prevents injury). Because of the heat you burn more calories while also sweating and getting rid of toxins in the body.

There are a series of different classes (we attend class at Pur Yoga and Fitness). Some of them range from:

Intro Classes

Level 1, 2 and 3 Classes

Pure Booty (yoga and pilates)

Sculpt (yoga, pilates and light weights)

Surfset Fitness (yoga on an unstable surfboard and my personal favorite)

Hot Yoga and Life

Whether it’s life at home taking care of kids and a family, a new and challenging job, a move or a life change like a divorce or death there are going to be things that test our strength. Things that make you feel like you can’t do something; that you have to quit and that worry that you’re going to mess it up and fail.

But that feeling and that challenge is also very, very rewarding.

So the message in this is two-fold. One, keep yourself challenged in life. Do things that you think you can’t do. And two, sign up and go to a hot yoga class. You may see me there hating it and loving it…

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