Tuesday, October 27, 2009

holy fucking hot yoga

last night was my first, and possibly last, hot yoga experience. my co-worker has been raving about it for weeks, and though i had heard bad things, i finally decided to try it. at first it wasn't so bad and was even kind of exhilarating, but i think it's too intense for my blood. the room was so hot, much hotter than i expected. i think they said 104 degrees, to start out.

it was sort of strange, though. for a beginner's class, the instructor didn't really help or describe the poses at all. i had to just mimic other people, but i was under the impression that each pose is very precise, and halfassing them based on what other people look like could be...a mistake? that was the least of my worries, though. after 45 minutes of standing poses, i was feeling somewhat nauseated and panicked about the heat. i tried just sitting/lying down to relax and get through it, but it was pure torture and i eventually started feeling so anxious and awful that i had to leave the room, which is ~strongly discouraged~ apparently.

when i did leave the room, i was annoyed to find that there were only 15 minutes left. had i known that, i might've been able to power through to the end, but i had no concept of time in there and no idea how much of this hell was left. i probably could have handled it had my stomach not become so shaky. afterwards, though, i felt totally amazing. i still can't really describe how, though. the good feeling continued through today, somewhat.

the only major, major downgrade to this whole experience is it triggered the worst migraine of my life. by the time i had showered and eaten, it was so intense that i started to wonder how bad it had to get before i went to urgent care. so incredibly painful, it felt like my brain was splitting in half. i have no idea how i fell asleep, but it was gone when i woke up. i read online today that apparently some other people have had this same issue from the general trauma caused by the heat. i don't get migraines often, but when i do, i really have to observe the "triggers," because they are out of control. at least this one didn't last for three days.

but, i paid for 2 weeks of unlimited sessions there (HAH! funny), so i may try it again just to see if the migraine was a one time thing. doesn't seem worth the risk, but i guess that's how cheap i am. i paid someone to torture me? well then they're damn well gonna do it.

1 comment:

Fashion Serial Killer with Glasses said...

oh man, i refuse to do those classes. my roommate does the bikram yoga and always tries to get me to go. i can't handle the heat-sometimes i wonder why i deal with the summers here still! try poweryoga...