Post # 1
There is a crazy cheap groupon for an amazing hot yoga studio near my work. Its 20 classes for $40 (a $300 value!!). I am really thinking of getting it but I have never done hot yoga and I am nervous that i will hate it. What if I purchase it and than hate it? Its a huge waste of money. I am plus size but work out regularily. I go to another yoga studio about twice a month (because its so expensive) and go to the gym a few times a week. I also walk frequently.
I would love to hear from other ladies who have done hot yoga. I want to hear your experiences. Please provide your fitness level and if you are plus size or not would help.
Thank you so much ladies!!!!
Post # 3
That is an AMAZING deal.
I have done bikram/hot yoga and I love it. I’m not plus sized but I’m not in that great of shape. I found it to be very difficult to breathe my first few times, but I got used to it. My instructor always advised to just sit on your mat if you were having trouble, which is what I did.
As far as the actual poses, they are the same every time and not terribly difficult. Obviously more difficult when you are sweating your a$$ off, but not that bad overall.
I found that at my studio, people of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages were in the classes. I really liked that.
Overall I would say yes it is HARD but you will feel like a million bucks after. Also be advised you will sweat a ton so wear close fitting clothes – i usualy would wear capris that ended at my knee (I dont like shorts) and a tank.
Post # 4
I loved hot yoga, but it was way to expensive to keep up. 40$ is an AMAZING deal! totally worth it even if you end up not liking it.
ETA: yes, it’s a hard workout and it is HOT. but the poses are always the same and it does get easier after the first few classes. I typically wear really short yoga shorts and a yoga sports bra.
Post # 5
Hot yoga is too hot for me. I automatically start sweating the first five minutes during vinyasa yoga classes.
It is definitely a great deal though.
Post # 6
@bestbuddies: That is an amazing deal! I have a love/hate relationship with hot yoga. I love it because its an awesome workout, but its hard and the heat can be intense. However, if you like a challenge, you will see results. I also feel like the more you do it the more tolerable it becomes. I used to have to go at least 2-3 days a week and it wasn’t so painful lol.
There are also 2 different forms of “hot yoga” that I have done. 1. Bikram- its more of a series of poses and its get HOT. 2. Vinyasa flow- you flow through different movements in a hot room. I prefer a vinyasa flow yoga because you hold poses but keep moving. I tend to get bored if I am just posing.
Post # 7
That is a great deal. I hate hot yoga, but I feel good after I do it. It’s a great workout, but I’m not the kind of person who believes you should just do Bikram Yoga and that’s it ( they really seemed to push that at the studio I went to )
It’s so hot, I ususally go about half hour early so that I can just lay there for like 20 minutes to adjust to the temperature before hand.
I found that if I ate peanut butter or orange juice right before class it helped me during the class. Orange juice raises your blood pressure and I think because I have really low blood pressure that the hot class just made it worse. That really helped though. I haven’t been since summer as there was no way I was dragging my ass to hot class in the middle of summer and just can’t get the motivation to go back.
Either way, it’s $40, I’d do it, maybe you’ll love it!
Post # 8
I know I’m definitely in the minority here, but hot yoga just doesn’t do it for me. I got a Groupon last year, but ended up not going to all the classes I paid for.
For some background, I’ve been doing Ashtanga yoga (it’s a flow style, intense form of yoga) for 6-7 years. I love the workout in Ashtanga – in college I brought the captain of our varsity wrestling team to a class, and he could barely walk down the stairs afterwards (this is a guy who trains 3-5 hours a day).
I heard great things about hot yoga, and was so excited, but I found the limited poses (26 postures in Bikram) boring and not demanding enough. I know that you can make poses more demanding by going deeper, extending farther, etc. but I left feeling like the class hadn’t pushed me at all. To me, it was hard to hold the poses, I was dripping with sweat, panting and feeling like I was dying…but not because the poses were actually challenging to me, only because it’s 100 degrees. Maybe that’s the point? Regardless, I felt like I wanted more from the class.
It seems to me that 99% of people that try Bikram love it, but as someone that fell for a Groupon and hated it, I would recommend trying out a Bikram class first. $40 is a ridiculously good deal for that many classes, but if you only go to 2 (like I did ) then it’s $40 wasted. How about local gyms that offer Bikram? Get a day pass, or a free trial, or go with a friend that has guest passes.
As for my fitness level, I’m in pretty good shape. I run, kickbox, do yoga, Zumba, power circuit training, etc. I tried not to make my post too long, but if you want to hear more about my Bikram experience (or have any questions about Ashtanga) feel free to message me
Post # 9
@ByLandAndBySea: Thanks for sharing your story.
I decided not to buy the groupon.
Post # 10
@ByLandAndBySea: Right there with you. OMG I did Bikram Yoga and almost DIED! I couldn’t handle how stuffy it was, just not for me.
Post # 11
I like yoga, I normally do Hatha. I don’t find Bikram beneficial. I have CKD and I just found that the dehydration made me feel unwell.