Namaste, Bitches!

I’m sorry, was that a bit too blunt? Truth be told, I’m awake after only THREE hours of sleep, I’ve had a glass of wine (for therapeutic purposes only), and well, I guess I’m feeling a little loose-lipped right now. But let’s get to what I didn’t get to in yesterday’s post that was actually even BETTER than that gold star!

Have any of you ever tried HOT yoga?

I’ve always been curious about it so when a friend from work invited me to go along with her to a class Sunday morning, I jumped at the chance! And I had the most INCREDIBLE experience…a complete detoxification for both mind AND body!*

*Which obviously, I’ll be needing again soon! 😉

Hot Yoga

And get this, the class was only EIGHT BUCKS! 😀

This was actually first time in an actual yoga studio too! I’ve only taken a dozen or so vinyasa classes at my gym so I wouldn’t consider myself well-versed in all the different styles and names of poses, but I’ve really enjoyed every class I’ve taken…especially since before my first class, I couldn’t even touch my toes!

It’s been over a year since I’ve practiced yoga. Since my surgery, the range of motion in my knee has been really limited so I never even considered going to a class, but over the last few months, I’ve seen a lot of progress in my flexibility, only lacking the ability to sit in child’s pose, so I’d been thinking about it more and more.

I had no idea what to expect from this class, but honestly, I think that helped me go in with the perfect level of open-mindedness. I’m definitely at a place in my life now where I am more patient and forgiving of myself so I knew that if there were any poses I couldn’t manage, I’d just go with the “flow”…haha, get it? So I signed my little “if I hurt myself, I promise not to blame the yogi” form and went in! 😉

The room was small, dimly lit, and you guessed it, smelled like balls about a bajillion degrees! By the time I unrolled my mat and placed myself in the middle of it, I was already sweating! Ha! But I was ready! I kept my focus inward, only pausing briefly to admire the woman next to me who could put her forehead on the floor (what?!), and actually surprised the HELL out of myself when I was able to get into some poses I didn’t think I could manage…I’ll save you from my oddly descriptive terminology though since I have no idea what they’re called!

Throughout our class, our yogi, who I found to be incredibly interesting with his long black beard, V-line abs, and a voice that seemed to be as soft as butter, guided us through twenty-six poses, showing us adaptations, reminding us to breath, and preaching the “yoga word”! Honestly, it kinda reminded me of being at church when I was younger. You know that feeling when the preacher calls out something that makes you feel like you as if you just realized your forgot your pants? Yeah. But you know, sometimes we need that. Sometimes we need to dig deep, face the things that we’ve been trying to avoid, and clear our minds/consciences of all that…well, shit! 😯

I had a few “moments” during class where I honestly felt like I could burst into tears had I not been surrounded by sixteen other people. I don’t know if it was the purging of toxins or what, but I have a feeling that if Yogi Billy had asked me to join some sort of yoga cult after class, I would have been frantically searching for a pen with organically sourced ink to sign up! But seriously, I thought I’d share some words of wisdom I picked up in class that really spoke to me, because well, because I can’t seem to get them out of my head…and who knows, maybe they’ll speak to you too!

No one in this life can validate you….except YOU!

Let go of the preconceived notions of happiness and find YOUR happy.

Namaste SmoothieAnd after an hour of yogi enlightenment, with a side of sweating my figurative balls off, I came home and made the best friggin smoothie of my life! But I’m already at like 800 sliiiiiightly tipsy words so, you’ll just have to wait until Friday for that! 😉

Have you ever tried hot yoga…or ANY yoga?

Do you like wine?
I like wine. Wine is good! I swear I’m not drunk!

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53 Responses to Namaste, Bitches!

  1. a pen with organically sourced ink <– something about those damn yogis! haha This is how I feel after I do yoga…
    Then I usually switch the DVD off, walk into the living room to an expectant husband who looks like I've been starving him…spell broken 😉

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Hahaha! Yeah, when I got out of class the other day and met a friend for lunch, I kinda felt like ordering sweet potato fries would somehow “undo” my zen…that lasted all of about 5 minutes! Damn they were good! 😉

  2. I love hot yoga—I always feel great after. I’ve been avoiding it the past few weeks because of a little hand injury, but I’m finally ready to go back and can’t freaking wait.

    Haha and yes, I love wine. Last night I had some lovely lambrusco, followed a little later by an Italian red I’d never tried. So good!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I love trying and learning about new wines! I’ve never heard of lambrusco before. Is it sweet?

      • Some are sweet, but there are dry ones too. It’s a sparkling red, so it works really well both ways, depending what your taste is. I tend to favor the drier, lighter ones, but sometimes a sweet lambrusco hits the spot. Haha I always feel like I sound like such a d-bag when I talk about wine!

        • kissmybroccoli says:

          Haha! Aww, don’t! That sounds awesome! I think you described it perfectly…because now I want to try it! :) Thanks girlie!

  3. As much as I like my balls to wall workouts, I really dig a good Yoga session. It forces me to chill out, which is always a good thing. I did my first and only hot yoga class with Alli when she was in town. I loved it, and I need to do it again. The hot yoga classes are Friday nights at the gym and since that’s when the Hubby returns every week, I never make it. I may just have to twist his arm and bring him with me. Maybe if I promise him wine (wink, wink) when we’re done, he’ll consider it.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the class and had a few moments. Now go catch some zzzz’s.

  4. Tara says:

    Yoga is definitely my number one preferred workout…and it can definitely be a workout! I’ve never tried hot yoga before. Part of me is curious about it, but part of me also wonders if perhaps warming up that much makes you too flexible and bends you in ways you personally may not be ready to bend. It does seem like a great detox though!

    And wine…wine is always good.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I was actually just thinking that the higher temperatures have REALLY helped me with the flexibility in my knee! I can definitely tell a difference from the beginning to the end of class…more so than in a regular class…so I’m hoping if I keep up with it, going a few days a week, I might have all of my range of motion back come summertime! :)

  5. I’ve been avoiding yoga like the plague. For no reason other than I really NEED it! (Makes sense, right?) And yes, wine, I like wine. May I join you for a glass?

  6. I’ll tell you this… I like wine a LOT better than I like yoga. 😉

  7. Hot yoga for 8 bucks?! That right there is a HUGE win!

  8. Melinda says:

    I LOVE barefoot billy, he’s my fave. Raja is so great because there is no judgement and everyone is so wonderful. I am not however down for the “free hugs”. Too much sweaty closeness!!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Ahhhh! You’re local!! That’s awesome…you know exactly what I’m talking about! I hadn’t heard of the free hugs yet! But yeah, I know I won’t be signing up for any of those soon! Haha!

  9. I’m glad you made yoga work for you; that’s what it’s all about!!

    I am a bit of a yoga dork. No actually, I am a huge yoga dork. Love the stuff :)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      That’s awesome! Own the dorkiness! It’s all about finding and doing what you love, right? 😀

  10. So this is just awesome :-p I’m glad you had a great experience with it! (although the three hours of sleep thing…ouch). The first time I took hot yoga my thought process was along the lines of “whyyyyyyyyyy do people do this to themselves?! On purpose!!!” But after doing it a few times, completely fell in love with it. So good.
    And wine…as long as it’s white 😉

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      “Whyyyyyyyyyy do people do this to themselves?! On purpose!!!” <- Haha! When I first took a couple of classes and felt like a twisted pretzel...and not in the organic flowy kinda of way, I was like "people RELAX like this?!" 😯

  11. Me!!! Pick me, I love wine! I would love to drink wine with you.. Perhaps at blend? I’ve been attending the odd yoga class at my gfs gym and have been really enjoying it! I never thought I would be into the whole relaxation experience of yoga but like you said if you go of preconceived thoughts and devote yourself to what the instructor is saying it totally works!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yesssssss! We will most definitely be clinking glasses come June…that is if I’m not too shy around you! #girlcrush 😉 And seriously, my thoughts exactly…I’ve never been able to fully let go in any of the classes I’ve done at the gym, but being in this studio surrounded by people with a whole different attitude, really helped me let go and relax!

  12. Purelytwins says:

    $8?!? that’s a great deal!
    we love hot yoga, that is usually the type of yoga we like to do if we go to a studio.
    and yes we love wine!

  13. Not hot yoga… and yes to wine! I like white ..a nice chilled white! :)

  14. wait, it smelled like schweddy what?! that’s something you’ll never forget! 😛

  15. Your first hot yoga class?! Your first studio visit?! You have been missing out! (although studios are seriously $$, you got such a good deal on that class). I used to be a dedicated Bikram (I think that is what you did, guessing from the 26 pose sequence) goer when I lived in Santa Cruz, and I definitely miss it often. The studio I go to now every so often is slightly heated, they call it “warm power yoga”, so that is still really nice.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yep yep! *insert cheese-eating grin here* And yeah, I guess it was Bikram…I looked a few things up online about it…but I know this studio turns the heat down a little bit for this particular class. Of course, I didn’t know that until I went to the hot vinyasa class this past weekend and felt the difference! 😯 WOW!

  16. Umm wine is like my favourite thing ever (and cats too of course).

    I love hot yoga but haven’t done it for a long time. There is a place near me that does a 30 day yoga challenge, they challenge you to go to 30 hot yoga classes in a row << which sounds intense but also I think it would be awesome for relaxation.

    So my parents actually met in a yoga class years ago and the yoga teacher they had kind of turned out to be a bit 'culty' he paired up all the people in his class and they got married << Hey I shouldn't complain it made me didn't it. Last year I spoke to my mum about it and said so you know you were in a cult right? Yep random babblings, I may have had some wine before I wrote this comment.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Omg!!! 😯 That’s insane…I mean amazing! Are your parents still together??! Holy crap! Haha!

      The studio here does a 30 day challenge too! I’m not sure if I could fit it into my schedule with work, but I have thought about it since they do classes all the way up to like 8pm!

  17. Cat says:

    Hahaha drunken blogging is something that should happen much more! I love me some yoga, but haven’t tried the sweaty version yet…

  18. I love wine!
    And I want to try Hot Yoga so bad. As you, I heard a lot about it and I’m so curious to try. Actually, I’m going to ask a friend now if we should try it this weekend. You totally convinced me!

  19. Hahahaha I love you. And duh I love wine too. Only red though. White is too sour tasting!

    I tried hot yoga for the first time about a month ago and I hated it! It was too hot, too smelly, and too sweaty. I honestly felt like I was going to pass out at one point! I think an hour in that room was just too much for me. If I could ever find a 30 minute hot yoga class, I might be able to handle that. Otherwise, I’ll stick to my regular temps!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I’ve always been more of a white girl (haha!) but I think I’m really starting to come around to more and more reds…think it might have something to do with the weather though…I crave that thicker warmer flavor!

      I’m actually surprised that the heat hasn’t gotten to me at any point, but I think it’s a good thing the classes are no longer than an hour a piece. I’ve talked to a few people who’ve tried 90 minute classes…but I just don’t think I could go that long! I mean, my water bottle is bone dry after the hour class! Surely, I would wither away and die! haha!

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  21. Loved reading about your hot yoga experience! I’ve been dying to try it out, but the place that offers it in my area is kind of pricey. I need to check out Groupon and see if I can get a deal!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh yeah! I bet you could get a good one! I know a friend of mine got one in Nashville that was a sweet little package deal! It’s definitely worth it to experience at least once! :)

  22. Eric says:

    Yoga pants are the best!

  23. I’m guilty of several BUIs (blogging under the influence!) thanks to my wine love!

    I’m a huge hot yoga fan. Which reminds me that I should really go today!

  24. Marlyn says:

    Love yoga; hate hot yoga. I feel dizzy, out of breath, and faint.

  25. Ashley says:

    I am a Bikram fanatic so I love hearing about other’s experiences with hot yoga! Something about sweating out every ounce of liquid in your body gives you this strange, amazing high. But yes, the room smells like feet and balls. THAT part I do not like. Not so zen when you are forced to breathe through your nose and THAT’s all you smell!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      “Something about sweating out every ounce of liquid in your body gives you this strange, amazing high.” <- Yes! That is really the only way to describe it! A couple of my friends have asked me why I like it so much, but I guess it's right up there with Apple Jacks...minus the damage to the roof of your mouth! 😉 Lol

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  27. 8 bucks??? What? Jealous. I’ve tried bikram yoga, but I didn’t like it. I would like to try it again though!

  28. So stoked that it was a positive experience for you! the best yoga class I ever went to was the one that got cancelled when I arrived there half heartedly :)

    I like wine almost as much as I like hot yoga. But after reading that it’s been an aid in clearing shitake in the mind…Might need to reconsider. My mind is like a pony on crack right now.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Dude, I have felt so “la la la la la la la-FREAKING GOOD” lately…well, after I got some much needed sleep that is. I’m not sure if it’s due to the wine or the yoga or what, but I really have been feeling a bit more positive! Not that I feel like I’m a negative person, but you know how it is when you’re body is all wound up with stress…sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

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  30. Calee says:

    i have a love / hate relationship with hot yoga: i love the idea of going, i hate it when i’m there, and i love that i went after it’s over.

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