Hot Yoga: A Beginner’s Guide

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I’ve had my fair share of variety when it comes to fitness classes. I’ve always found motivation in being surrounded by others while working towards a common goal. Whether I was swimming laps for hours with the swim team, sweating my face off during spin class, or making a huge fool of myself at Zumba, I always found myself enjoying those group classes.

When it comes to yoga, I’d be the first to tell you that I wasn’t a fan. Too slow, too boring, not intense, no gain were all mantras that rang in my head while trying to touch my toes. If you have caught yourself thinking how I did, maybe you just haven’t found the right kind of yoga. I think I found mine… and it’s hot yoga.

This is the LAST yoga I thought I would enjoy seeing that I have a phobia of being too hot and passing out. But there’s a yoga studio about 10 minutes from my apartment that my friend Shelby has been raving about and since I’m moving in less than ten days, I thought “ehh why not!” They even have a discount for students so I didn’t feel like it was a huge investment.

So what’s a Hot Yoga Studio really like?

Not intimidating at all! As soon as you walk through the door and confirm your reservation, everyone in charge are extremely welcoming. I took off my shoes, socks, and jacket and followed Shelby into the yoga room. And yes it was warm, but not hot.  Especially while just sitting on our mats before class chatting, the heat felt nice after being freezing all day (thank you April snow).

What do I need?

Water. I actually really enjoyed sweating in the class because I felt like my body was showing me that what I was doing was hard. But anytime you sweat, you must refill with water. During the class the instructor encourages taking breaks and drink water. I brought my insulated S’well water bottle with me to keep the water cold while the room was hot.

Yoga Mat. If you don’t have one don’t worry, you can usually rent it at your studio but call ahead just in case. Or you could run to TJ Maxx and pick one up for around $7. I have two because I buy them like I impulsively buy coffee mugs.

Yoga Towel. You don’t need to bring a yoga towel, but it’s extremely helpful when your hands get sweaty. Slowly sliding from downward dog into plank due to slick hands gets old. So I suggest renting or bringing your own. I got mine at TJ for super cheap!  I just laid it down on top of my mat for extra traction.

A positive attitude. In previous yoga classes I found myself looking at the woman next to me flawlessly standing in tree pose while I wobbled around. It left me feeling competitive, annoyed, and usually scattered. I really hated that part of yoga. But it wasn’t yoga. It was me. Go into your practice as if you were alone. Remember that you are going to focus on your own development and your own practice and your own form of mediation.

What’s the class like?

Each instructor is different which one of the amazing things about hot yoga. Some burn incense while others offer cold cloths to put on your forehead at the end of the class. But generally you’ll go through an hour practice including lots of poses, but nothing too crazy due to the heat.

You’ll sweat a lot and burn more calories in the warm room (I burned 260 for the hour). and even though you’re not attempting to stand on your head, you feel like you’re working hard physically and mentally.

I literally can not describe to you the after yoga feeling I got. I usually get the endorphins flowing during my usual workout but after hot yoga it was better. Shelby and I were talking in the car afterwards and I kept telling her I couldn’t remember what I was stressed about. It felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders that I didn’t know that I had. Like walking out after a massage, I felt like I was in a blissful daze!

Got any advice for my first time?

Get there early. Don’t rush into class. Go early and find where you want to lay your mat. Also they might have you sign a waiver so you want to make sure you have time for that as well.

Remember why you’re there. Don’t get caught up in everyone else. Remember your goals for your practice and why you’re there.

Pay ahead of time. I paid a couple days in advance so I knew I would have a space in the class. Also, this way I felt like I had to go or else the broke college kid inside me would have freaked about the money being wasted. My fears and hesitations would have made me chicken out so if that sounds like you, pay early!

Wear what makes you comfortable. Yes it’s hot, but if you don’t feel like going in leggings and a sports bra, then don’t! A moisture-wicking tank will be just fine.

Eat an hour or two before. I was nervous about fainting in the heat, but it’s nothing to worry about if you are prepared. Eat something healthy and filling a bit before class.

Let me know if you plan on going to a Hot Yoga class or if you’ve been before! 

 

If you go to Iowa State University, don’t be shy to check out Ignite Yoga!

Someone is Stealing my Content

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Hello my wonderful readers!

I wanted to reach out to you all and let you know about something that has been going on the past few months in my blogging life. Initially I wasn’t planning on blogging about it, but there has been so much anger revolving around this issue, that I just don’t know what else to do.

As I’m sure you read by the title, someone is stealing my content. I stumbled upon this when the owner of the site went ahead and requested to use one of my links. Suddenly I was taken to a website where every one of my blog posts were displayed. On someone else’s site. There was a wash of emotion that came over me. Anger, violation, intimidation, and a bit of fear.

My face, my words, my image, was somewhere else. And before anyone starts saying “yeah but that’s the internet, what do you expect?” know that it’s not okay to take other’s content. There is no way to protect your content 100%, but when someone steals your thoughts it feels similar to (how I would imagine the feeling of) someone breaking into your home and touching your belongings. Every time I hop on my blog, I know that this other site will go ahead and copy, word for word, my work.

I don’t want to go ahead and put down the website’s name, they don’t need any more traffic than they’re already getting. But, I did want to put this together to get the word out there that the internet, while a wonderful space, can have it’s downfalls. I wish I never saw the site and that I was in the “ignorance is bliss” stage still. It can be hard to find the right people to help and it can feel overwhelming.

I have gone back and forth on what to do when it comes to blogging. I hate the idea of having my pictures and words somewhere else. I go back and forth deciding that I don’t care and that I care very much. It has put into perspective how I want my future with Barrychic.blog to look.

I wanted to write this to warn others to always be on the lookout for content that is being stolen. Tell others if you see their work somewhere else. Be sure to put a clear copyright message on your work and on your site. And understand that it’s impossible to prevent people copying your blog content, but that doesn’t mean that you are powerless. You are the creator, you have these thoughts and ideas, and you are the soul and mind behind your site. No one can take that from you.

Why You Need to Listen to Your Body

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Summer is right around the corner, and for me that means going into “finals mode” except not cramming flashcards, but workouts. I recently have been loving my fitness journey. I’m not comfortable with showing any of my transformation photos on the internet, but I will say that I’ve gained six pounds (of muscle!) and it makes me happy to see the changes in my body rather than on the scale.

The past year I’ve been loving the Youtuber Sarah’s Day. She’s a health and fitness Youtuber who’s motto is “Listen to Your Body.” I always thought that to be a great motto, but I didn’t really live by it until recently. Here’s what I learned about why to need to listen to this motto.

Continue reading “Why You Need to Listen to Your Body”

Golden Hour

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Now maybe it’s the snow that descended upon Iowa State on April 3rd or maybe it’s the promise of another Florida vacation on the horizon, but I am so excited for warm weather!

Today I wanted to share this dress that I’ve been wearing from spring until fall! It looks beachy and flowy all on its own, but pair with a fall shall or over-sized scarf and you have yourself an autumn dress.

The amazingly talented Hannah Fisher Photography has done it again people! She captured these stunning photos that I’ve been drooling over since I got them. Seriously check her out, she’s amazing!

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Peep those goosebumps ha ha! I was freezing!

 

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I wanted to share this look with you all now because it’s back in stock at lulus.com!  It’s a little over $50 and the dress is made out of a light material so there’s no chance of getting too hot! On the other side, I never found that my undergarments were showing through. The neckline is a bit low for my taste though, but a simple safety pin maneuvering did the trick (thanks Allie for those skills!).

 

I’m just so excited for warmer weather and I see this dress accompanying me on many summer adventures! 

 

PS: How cute would this dress look in Italy! *Cries* Okay bye for real!