Today I did a "hot flow yoga" class and wow it was incredible. I had planned to do the class yesterday and somehow it was just what I needed, what my body and soul needed. This morning I woke up feeling tight everywhere; neck, back, lower back and hamstrings. I actually thought "maybe I shouldn't do yoga because I'm so sore and it will be really hard" which I quickly dismissed with "I will enjoy it and do my best, I need the calming benefits that yoga offers"
The best thing about yoga is the space the teacher creates, she started with "now take some deep breathes into your belly, breathe out any stress or emotion that isn't serving you, connect with your breath, connect with your body".
I instantly felt relief as I did this with a little smile to myself thinking "yep, this is exactly where I need to be right now".
The class started slow with some dynamic twists and stretches, as the class progressed to a faster pace my body temperature rose and I was dripping with sweat! Literally, sweat dripping off every inch of my body and even into my eyes haha!
I didn't mind one bit. I was loving the flow, deep breathing and at one point I even imagined that my sweat was any stress leaving my body! Very cool feeling.
Forty minutes in I was feeling fatigued and I glimpsed at the clock and gasped to myself "we've still got 20 minutes left!" Then I quietly reminded myself to stay present and enjoy the rest of the class, which I did.
We ended with balance poses on one leg (these are my fav!) and stretches on the ground and finally a 5 minute meditation with 3 loud "oms".
This class was a gentle reminder to always take time to breathe and connect with yourself, no matter how busy you are because this will create space for more positivity and creative thinking for life and work!