I’ve had a Groupon to do hot yoga for a few months (um, I guess since yoga month, naturally.) I finally got to use it today. It is for 10 classes, but I have to take them all within 3 weeks (spoiler alert: probably not gonna happen.)
The class was held at Hot Yoga For Life and they have two locations in the Portland area. It was already pretty hot outside but when I walked into the studio, I was instantly sweaty. It wasn’t sauna-like as I had imagined. Just hot. Effing hot, to be exact. My feet and hands were slipping all over my yoga mat and I noticed the more seasoned hot yoga-ites brought large beach towels to drape over their slippery mats. Next time, Abbie, remember to bring a beach towel (additional spoiler alert: probably not gonna happen.)
So, in summation, if you like heat and yoga then it’s for you. If you like neither, steer clear silly.
Alright, so I know yoga is not really a sport and not at all new for me… but I haven’t really been active for a few weeks and wanted something stress free and slow. It was exactly what I needed to get back in gear. Spent the rest of my day off mapping out the rest of random sports month.
Alright, alright, alright. As per usual, I did not get to complete even remotely as much as I wanted to. AND, getting right back into a monthly focus has got me instantly busy again. With this months’ focus and new adventures in general. Here’s the breakdown of my meager accomplishments: did yoga anywhere from two to four times per week, took classes at my neighborhood gym (which was surprisingly good,) and did yoga at home. So, now you’re asking: Why no yoga hike? Why no hot yoga? These are good questions. And ones I can’t really answer. Thirty days is just not enough anymore to complete everything I want.
I bought the Groupon for Bikram Yoga, which I fully intend on using very soon and on my next weekend day off I am totally going on the yoga hike. Which leads me to this very predicament. I like doing yoga. I like baking, and running, and working out, and writing, and community service, and I just can’t stop doing anything. There is so much carry over that it leaves very little time to add something new. But this is okay. This is actually what I love about this project. I was worried I didn’t know what I really wanted to do, but now I don’t now what I *don’t* want to do. I’m enjoying everything so much, which is pretty much my outlook on life in general right now.
So, what’s next ? ? ?
Last week of the month! Wahoo! Except I feel like there’s still a ton that I want to do. I only had two weekend days off this month so didn’t get a chance to do hiking yoga, which is only on Saturdays and Sundays. I still haven’t taken a class anywhere but the gym. This month is totally flying by.
Went to an afternoon class at the gym. There were people much better than I in the class and it was inspiring. The teacher gave 5 minutes of freestyle time (which I was completely unsure what to do with and just wound up stretching) and people next to me were standing on their head for the entire time. It looked awesome but luckily I didn’t attempt it.
Did the first 20 minutes of the yoga video on Netflix Watch Instantly. Why is it so much harder to do yoga at my own house? After 20 minutes I was sweaty and out of breath. It was really lame and I felt even worse for only doing it twice this week. I really don’t like the video and maybe that’s why I can’t ever finish it. Maybe I’ll try to do my own routine with what I’ve learned.
Bought a Living Social deal today for 10 hot yoga classes at Hot Yoga For Life for $30. Super excited to be able to use it this month and beyond. No actual yoga, but I was thinkin’ about it.
Well, I got up early today to watch a yoga video on Netflix. It’s broken down into 5 10 minute intervals with increasing difficulty. I only got through one. My arms and back and thighs are so sore from class yesterday that I can’t do anymore than 10 minutes. Yikes!
Took several days off of yoga. This weekend was really tiring. I had some terrible allergies and didn’t have any extra energy. Went to a yoga class at the gym today. It was still very very tough, but I can feel it getting easier. I can feel my muscles getting stronger and more flexible.
Had another doctors appointment today and got cleared for grass and NW allergens. If this takes, I could never have seasonal allergies again. Win. I’ll keep ya posted.
I’ve been looking forward to Moonlit Yoga all week. (www.moonlityoga.org) Katie meets me at home after work. We eat dinner and head to Lulu Lemon to get new yoga mats. They are phasing out their beginner mats and had them on sale for $19. We were stoked!
We raced downtown to Yoga on Yamhill. It does not look open but the door is unlocked. We walk in and see a group of people who ask us why we are there. We tell them we are right on time for Moonlit Yoga, of course, and they proceed to tell us that it is only on the third Saturday of the month. So, we leave and proceed to curse out Moonlit Yoga and Yoga on Yamhill. We lug our yoga mats to Thirst on the waterfront and share a bottle of wine on the patio.
So I only did yoga 3 times this week because Moonlit Yoga does not understand how to have an informative and updated online presence. But I did get to enjoy an amazing, sunny evening on the water with a great friend, which is always a win.
Had a doctor appointment to follow up on my allergy testing. I am doing so good, they are letting me add things back into my diet. I can now have soy and some dairy and they have cleared my allergies of chocolate and eggs.
Afterwards, I had just enough time to make it to the downtown gym for a 12:30 yoga class. It was crazy full when I got there and had to lay out my mat in the very front. I couldn’t see the yogi and was a little bit behind. My right leg started to hurt at my hip and I couldn’t sustain poses where it held all my weight. It was definitely not my best class.
Spent the afternoon at the zoo with my favorite girl, Zooey. She had spinal surgery 10 days before to remove a tumor on her spine but she running around and all smiles. Miraculously, the doctors believe they got all of it and there is a huge chance that she is cancer free! She was a bit tired, though, so I carried her for the majority of the time. I’m a little out of practice carrying children and my arms and feet were sore by the end.