My first HOT yoga experience.

January 4, 2013

This towel should be burned.

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My friend Meggan told me that I needed to go to a hot yoga class with her because she knew I would love it.  

What she told me to bring:

1.  A beach towel

2.  Shorts and a tank because she said that I would be so hot that I will want to explode.  

What I was thinking in my head:

1. Why in the world would I need a ginormous beach towel?  I have done yoga many times and I was just fine with my nice little mat.  

2.  I am a runner.  I know what it is like to sweat, yoga will not make me sweat as much as a hard run.  I will wear capris just to prove my point.

I walked into the room and started sweating more than I ever have before.  That poor beach towel was drenched and that is all I am going to say about that.  It was a sculpt yoga class and so weights were involved and my heart rate reaches 200 whenever I pick up a weight let alone in a 100 degree room.

If anyone even just says the words ‘around the world squats’ I think I might cry. 

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We changed our clothes so that we could go explore some trails close-by for a 4.5 mile run.

Say hello to Megan’s Sunglasses and hand.

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Trails plus running with friends = bliss.

I was forced to wash my hair because of yoga but I am not forced to blow-dry it or style it.

Brooke was not very happy about me waking her up from her mid-morning nap to go get a breakfast burrito.

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Ham, bacon, potatoes and eggs with at least 5 of those cups of salsa.

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Ever tried hot yoga before?  Thoughts about yoga?

What did you have for breakfast this morning?  

Where did you run today?


RainStorm January 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Panda onesie for Brooke :)

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Bri January 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I love yoga classes but never seem to get out the door on time anymore! I know I can take my 5 month old to the gym’s play center but I just don’t know if I’m ready for that yet!

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Logan @ Mountains and Miles January 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I LOVE hot yoga. I like it more than regular yoga, because the heat helps loosen me up and I can stretch further into poses. I brought some friends once and, like your friend did to you, warned them they were going to sweat more than they ever thought possible, and one of them wore sweat pants to spite me. She ended up throwing up half way through the class. Oops.

I’m in love with grapefruit for breakfast lately. So delicious.

Run will be on the treadmill later tonight – I couldn’t get a run in before dark =(.

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Sonia the Mexigarian January 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

LOVE hot yoga!! Actually just went to the studio last night and nearly drowned in my own sweat. Usual temp in there is between 80 and 90 degrees. I love it though :D It’s challenging and so mental. I also loved that this studio aerates their rooms very nicely. I also go to a Bikram studio and that once is always hot (95 degrees and up) and there is a particular smell to that one :\ Makes me want to gag.

I had a banana and a think thin bar for breakfast. though I think I would swap that for your burrito in a heartbeat.

Not running. Tomorrow!! Aiming for 2 miles :)

I love that you are doing all this trail running!!

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Brittany @ DulceVie January 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I have never tried hot yoga… or any yoga for that matter. I should try it sometime! This morning I made myself a chocolate oatmeal protein shake. That breakfast burrito looks soooo good btw :) I wish that my friends liked to run. All of my friends refuse to run, and my family can’t run as long as I like to. Therefore, I am left to run with my dog (which is still a blast!).

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Sarah January 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Oh my gosh I just had my first hot yoga experience last month and my mat legitimately had a pool of sweat on it. I didn’t think to bring a towel because “who sweats during yoga?” Apparently me. A lot. That became the number one item on my Christmas list shortly after. You have some pretty amazing views where you’re running right now! So much better than the dreary New England winters!!

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Shirley January 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I do a warm yoga twice a week close to your home near SCU. The room is 95 and olive it!

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I LOVE hot yoga!!!! I wish I could afford to go to a studio though, it’s so great for my muscles and feels wonderful during the winter! Last year it was the only thing that could warm me up!

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Rochelle January 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I’ve never tried hot yoga, but I think it may be something that I need to try out. ;-)

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Luv What You Do January 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I love hot yoga! You definitely need to get a yoga towel if you’re going to go again because it makes a world of difference!

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Amanda Davis January 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I love hot yoga! I think it’s a great compliment to running, whenever my quads and hamstrings are tight, yoga loosens them right up!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I’ve never tried hot yoga, but I’d love to someday! I’ve just recently gotten into yoga within the last year, and I really enjoy it. I used to despise it, but I’ve realized how great my body and mind feel when I’m all finished. Now I try to get in a yoga session once a week or so.

That breakfast burrito sounds delicious! I had oatmeal this morning!

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Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Hot yoga is on my list of classes to try! I didn’t run today because I took my first ever spin class. I think I am in love with it!

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Cate January 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

The first and only time I dud yoga was hot yoga. The description never mentioned heat and said it was for all levels. I almost died for dehydration before the class even started! I got in a short two mile lunchtime run on the TM today. For breakfast, I had gingerbread pancakes with strawberries and clementines. Have a great weekend!

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shelly January 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I am way too chicken to try hot yoga. I die just sitting under the dryer, when I get my hair done.

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Emma Harris January 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

LOVE. HOT. YOGA!!!!

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Sharsti January 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I didn’t like regular yoga much, but hot yoga sounds more like my thing. I like to sweat when I workout to feel like I worked out… Or maybe I went to the wrong teacher?

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Randi January 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I took my first hot yoga class recently and LOVED it….sort of…after I was done. During the class I may have cursed each person I was next to. It was pretty intense but I know my body thanks me for the torture. Breakfast was coffee with almond milk, banana and a shot of some super green juice I made in my new juicer ( I am pretty sure I have superhero powers now). I am taking a short break from running right now which puts me in a funk, but I shall return soon….very soon :-)

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mary @ minutes per mile January 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I ran around the National Cathedral in DC! And ate oatmeal for breakfast. Pretty standard routine.

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Macalla January 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I love hot yoga. : )

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Abby @ZestyNerd.blogspot.com January 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I’ve been trying to convince myself to try yoga, and hot yoga is even more tempting. I love to sweat!

My breakfast didn’t look half as good as yours. Oatmeal, coffee, Emergen-C… and a cookie!

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Anne January 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I. Am. Terrified of hot yoga! Im just not sure I could man up to it!

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Jessica January 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

The first time I went to hot yoga, I needed to leave halfway through the class because I ate beforehand and felt ill. It is AWESOME though and I have never sweat more anywhere else. And that is saying something because I sweat a LOT.

P.S. My favourite part of this post was: I was forced to wash my hair because of yoga but I am not forced to blow-dry it or style it.
LOVE your humour!!!

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Leah January 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

LOVE hot yoga! But I’m all about run first, yoga second. My only complaint about hot yoga is that it definitely necessitates a shower afterward.

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eep January 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I do hot yoga once a week. I would love to up that, but the classes are not cheap and I don’t have a whole lot of extra time in my schedule. The best thing about yoga is how much stronger it has made not only my arms and core, but also the muscles in my feet and lower legs. All the balance poses have made all those small muscles stronger, and so I am much more stable while running.

In the winter I always have oatmeal with blueberries and granola. No run today so my legs will be fresh for a long cold run tomorrow.

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Amy N. January 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I did bickram hot yoga once, I loved it, but I feel like I lost so much water it compromised my workouts in the following days. I’m also a giant wuss and I feeling that sore.

That said, if it wasn’t so expensive I would totally do it all the time. Especially in the freezing winter months.

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Becky January 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I love hot yoga! ok, I only tried it once, but I loved it afterwards. Must.try. again, especially in the Winter. I hate the cold!

I had oatmeal, greek yogurt, and coffee for breakfast. I ran 3.2 miles today!

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Tammy Wilen January 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Did you like it though? My niece teaches hot yoga and swears by it and has an amazing body to show for it. I do yoga at home, but I’m a little nervous to try hot yoga. Would you recommend it? Also I love that pic of Baby Brooke, she is just too cute.

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The Hungry Runner Girl January 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I really liked it! It was really hard though! If it was cheaper I would probably go once a week!

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Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl January 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Love hot yoga! I take it at Core Power and the hot power fusion makes you sweat like you would not believe! I always feel like I got spanked when I leave because I’ve lost so much sweat. Giving up the hot yoga train for now though and I really miss it.

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Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More January 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I have never tried it. Sounds intense!

Today for breakfast I had scrambled eggs with avocado and salsa. Oh so good!

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Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I love hot yoga! If I was rich I’d do it all the time!

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Jenn @ RunItMyWay January 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

You’re killing me with all the amazing pics of sunny beautiful trails!! It’s SNOWING and windy where I live – and about -10C… Brr! I’m pretty jealous of your gorgeous running terrain :)

I haven’t run yet today, but it will be the treadmill when I do :) I’d say I’m too wimpy, but I’m running outside with a friend in the morning, then running to the summit of a mountain with a group on Sunday, so hopefully that at least redeems my wussy-ness today!!

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XLMIC January 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Did you love it? Hate it? Something in between? I LOVE Bikram yoga. I was *slightly* addicted for a little while. I used to like doing double days :P Yeah, kind of psycho.

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jan J January 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I ran on an indoor track because it was -4 here in utah!!!! We debated on it, but sanity won out. Jealous of your cool trail runs.

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Alyssa January 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I love bikram yoga. I recently switched to the more moderately warm yoga felt like that suited my training schedule more. I’ve learned the importance of flexibility that’s for sure.

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Caitlin January 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I bet you could seriously eat like 500 donuts with the # of calories you burned today. DO IT.

I do yoga about 3 times/week. Once at a studio and twice at home. I LOVE yoga; it gives me the perfect stretch I need between runs, it helps me to avoid injury, and it clears my head.

Breakfast was a jumbo bowl of oatmeal. I woke up hungry and knew I needed something hearty. Topped it with banana, cinnamon (stir in while cooking and it resembles banana bread!), chia seeds, peanut butter and sunflower seeds.

My neighborhood is ALL hills, so once or twice a week I drive elsewhere to run on flat roads/trails to give my quads and glutes a break.

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Ashley@cupcakesncrunches January 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I love hot yoga! I had a similar experience when I went for the first time a few years ago. I was told to prepare to sweat a ton and I thought “pppssshhhhh – I run long distances. Mother flippin’ check all over that.” I about died during that first class, but I was hooked! Bikram yoga is one of my favorite ways to workout/stretch/sweat!

And your hair looks great for not styling it! If I left the house with wet hair, I would look like a wet rat! haha

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Kayla @ kpLOVINGit January 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Love hot yoga….but despite the heat, I HAVE to wear Capri pants or my legs are so slippery with the rivers of sweat that I can’t get any traction to do certain poses.

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Rachel C. January 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I tried hot yoga last year for the first time and LOVED it. I just wish I could get there more often

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I’ve never tried hot yoga. But you don’t make it sound very fun haha. ;)

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Sarah January 4, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I tried hot yoga for the first time right before Christmas and totally fell in love. First time ever doing any kind of yoga. I could not believe how much I sweated. Crazy. Ran 3 today going on a tail run tomorrow. Had a larabar for breakfast

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Kim@Runrules January 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Today I only made it 2.5 miles on treadmill before I switched over to elliptical. Trying to get used to the whole hamster on a wheel feeling… Would much rather be outside but dark and cold don’t mix well for me. But hey, if I have to choose between no run or hamster run, I’ll pick treadmill. Just not sure how much fun I’m going to have while I train for my next half :(

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Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby January 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I haven’t tried hot yoga yet – but will keep this in mind…eek!!!

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Tara Williams January 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

hot yoga is pretty good.. i am actually bringing brooklyn to BABY YOGA! you should bring brooke when you get back. also, i love your short hair… cute even unstyled!

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Jean January 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

HOT YOGA IS THE WORST. I hate it more than pretty much anything else. I stupidly bought a 30-day pass to bikram a couple years ago and didn’t want it to go to waste so I went like every other day. Clearly the experience scarred me for life.

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Stephanie@nowirun.com January 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

5 mile run with a friend (happiness) in downtown Phoenix after a long day of indoor/sitting/working.

Love yoga and need to make time for it more often! I’ve never tried hot yoga.

This morning I had overnight oats for breakfast: greek yogurt, rolled oats, chia (sp?) seeds, almond milk, raspberries and blueberries. So good!

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Leslie @ Triathlete Treats January 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I used to do bikrams. I loved it. Its expensive and not very close to my house!

I also had a breakfast burrito: 2 eggs, black beans, bell pepper, salsa, and avocado in a brown rice tortilla.

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Khushboo January 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I might be in the minority but I am not a fan of hot yoga at all…I felt so sick after it! Glad I tried it once though :)!

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robyn January 4, 2013 at 11:21 pm

never done hot yoga but i think i would LVOE all that sweat. PS- kudos to you-mentioned on two blogs i read today!

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Nerri January 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

I’m totally obsessed with hot yoga!!!! I can’t do normal yoga because I get bored – there’s nothing quite like surrendering yourself to almost suffocating to death while doing sun salutations :)

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Becky C. January 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

I love hot yoga but there are no weights involved. I go on Sunday nights and it is a great start to my week. I am confident that this runner will be able to touch her toes, and I want to be able to do a headstand by the end of the year.

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Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona January 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

That looks like an absolutely beautiful trail.

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Katie H. January 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

I love Yoga–I do it at least twice a week. But I am NOT a fan of hot yoga. I don’t like to be hot at ANY time (unless I’m curled up under my electric blanket during a snowstorm), but especially not when I’m working out.

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Kay January 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I’m glad you made it! I’ve always been scared of hot yoga because I’m terrified that I’d be the one person that passes out or has a nosebleed…eek!

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Whitney January 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

Hot yoga is rough!!! I really HATE being hot so I thought I would hate it, but I did like it! I have never done a sculpting class… I will have to try that!

Has anyone ever done yoga for runners? Thoughts?

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Zoe January 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

I love hot yoga! i’ve been going a lot since i’m at home. I am skeptical about how much of a workout it is but i am always sore! so i think it’s great.

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Lish January 7, 2013 at 6:50 am

LOVE hot yoga! I use to work at a studio in NYC, so would go all the time…I definitely miss it since I’ve moved, but I did go to a sculpt class here and it is crazy hard with weights!

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Amy @healthyandfitforreal.com January 10, 2013 at 7:52 am

I can’t stad being in stifling heat so I would not enjoy hot yoga. I can’t even go into a sauna without feeling like the rooms closing in on me and I might suffocate….

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