After several years of wanting to try hot yoga, I finally opened myself up to the heat. I started regular yoga around 6 years ago, practicing on and off, mostly sidetracked by periods of illness and a much too busy lifestyle. The financial aspect of yoga has been difficult, as well. The last two years, I’ve practiced only at studios that I’ve been able to get a deal online or through gift certificates from loved ones. Since hot yoga is even more expensive than regular yoga, it was low on my list of options. I was also nervous about the heat, wary about the amounts of sweat, and intimidated by the hot yoga culture that has developed in the last few years. I felt like I didn’t “fit in.”
A few years ago, a friend sent me an article about a woman living with lupus and her experience with hot yoga. As soon as she started hot yoga, her symptoms slowly fell away, including the butterfly rash across her cheeks. Her lupus went into remission and she continued her practice, eventually becoming an instructor and opening her own studio. I remember being inspired by the article, but not being in the physical or emotional place to take any action. I did, however, tuck that article away in my mind. I knew it was something I had to try.
My work family got me a two-week hot yoga pass for my birthday, which I plan to use during my recovery after my 10K race next week. Last night, I was on the website learning more about the studio and trying to psych myself up for my first class. Amidst my browsing, I also stumbled upon a notice that another hot yoga studio was holding a free class and that there was an online deal for 80% off a 2-month unlimited pass. I took that as a sign that I should go and try it out. I was sweaty. I was shaky. I was slippery. And I liked it! I felt slightly dizzy only at one point, but otherwise, I felt great. The heat really helped to relax the tightness in my body, leftover from years of pain and tension. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no yogi, so it was challenging, but it felt doable. It felt possible and that’s all I’m looking for. Possibilities.
I bought the online deal and that, along with my other pass, means that I am officially embarking on a sweaty, hot yoga adventure. Other than my first hot yoga class, there have been other exciting events since my last post:
- My 2nd year of adult jazz classes ended with some Bollywood-inspired hip shaking at our recital last week!
- I turned 31!
- My 2nd blood tests came back and my white blood cell count went from 1.5 to 2.8!! So much gratitude for all the love and healing vibes I’ve received over the last few weeks. I don’t know what happened, but I am so thankful that my body has been given more time to heal and function without the use of prednisone.
So, things are looking bright despite the rain outside. And oh, did I mention I’m playing on a dodgeball team? An update post coming soon!