Tonight I took another brave soul to yoga with me, my friend Jeff. He’s a runner and in good shape, and he seemed pretty impressed by the intensity of the class. It’s really an amazing workout. You will never sweat more in your life, I swear.
I found this awesome chart that shows the routine we do in the Hatha classes:
As one of my yoga-doing running friends, Danielle, pointed out to me today, the main thing that is really good about the Hatha classes is that because they are the same pattern every time, it is really easy to see and feel how you’re improving. If you can hold a pose longer or go deeper or something. For instance, I am really working on being able to hold this one for the whole minute:
I can do it, and even hold it for a bit and get pretty deep in to it, but I still fall out of it before the first minute is up. I will conquer it!
The other type of class is the Vinyasa Flow, which is more like typical yoga classes (sun salutations, downward dog, poses of the instructor’s choosing, etc). Hatha is just like that chart. Except you repeat everything twice. In a really hot room.
It’s just… intense. But awesome. In that “I’m sometimes a bit dizzy and might pass out/puke” kind of way.
I am now so stretched out and amazing feeling. And ready for a good night’s sleep. Zzzz!