As you know I am a fitness instructor who focuses on pre and postnatal fitness. My favorite types of workouts involve high impact exercises with bursts of cardio. While I love intense workouts and playing contact sports I also LOVE yoga!
I haven't done yoga formally since having Cooper..... and that was four years ago. My excuse? It was hard to find a class time that fit with my family's busy schedule. Over the years I did a few yoga dvd's, met up with some friends and did yoga and even taught a few yoga inspired classes at Stroller Strides but none of them compared to taking yoga in a studio. Recently a friend found a Groupon for Stafford House of Yoga and three of us took advantage of this great deal.
I was so excited to get back into yoga! We jumped right in with a goal of taking two classes a week. The studio was a little drive from our house so we carpooled and had some girl time. There are so many classes to choose from but I was most excited about the Hot Yoga classes they offer. I had never taken Hot Yoga but was excited to see what all the hype is about.
The Hot Yoga was just as I expected; amazing and HOT! The first hot class I walked into I was a little surprised at how hot it actually is. The temperature in the room was always 102 to 104 degrees. The sweat started rolling before we even started moving! The class was full of flowing, vinyasas and seated and standing poses. Each time you would wipe the sweat you would start sweating again immediately! I would never think to do any other type of exercise in 104 degrees but there is something about the HOT yoga that is very relaxing, calming, challenging and refreshing that keeps you coming back. Another perk of the HOT yoga class was the cold towel soaked in essential oil they give you during relaxation that smells amazing and cools you right off. I know that to some people this sounds awful, sweating profusely for an hour and a half but give it a try. Make sure you bring plenty of water, a towel to wipe yourself off and maybe even a change of clothes for after class.
We took a variety of the classes they offered; Power Yoga, Relax and Restore Yoga, Pilates, Hot Flow and Hot Yoga. All of the classes were great and it was so nice to experience each type of yoga. We definitely got our money's worth! Stafford House of Yoga offers so many classes that all fitness levels are welcome, they have chair yoga for beginners and Power Yoga for advanced practitioners. I will definitely invest in this Groupon again; it felt so great to get back into the FLOW of things!