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The Grand Return To Hot Yoga

by Nellie


If you were reading my blog in the early days (read almost 6 years ago) you may remember that I had a very interesting whirlwind romance with Hot Yoga. I tried a local place on a whim and was completely NOT in love. I wasn’t bendy. I couldn’t do basic yoga moves. Downward dog was like torture. (Still applicable by the way)

I kept going though because I started to like how hot it got in the room when it was a smooth 20 degrees outside. Once a week became 3-4 times a week, easy. I got more bendy. I grew in my practice. It got to the point where the only yoga that I could do was Hot Yoga.

When I got the invitation to try a media class at YogaSpark, I was excited because I was so ready to reclaim my glory days (which wouldn’t quite happen, but more on that later).

YogaSpark Hot Yoga

The first thing I absolutely LOVED about the studio was how spacious it was. Usually with fitness studios in NYC you are squeezed in like the L train at rush hour. This was the total opposite. The locker room was not only spacious but it was filled with beautiful sayings that made you feel good.

The studio was also spacious and we had the luck of being taught by the studio owner. We would get a fun combination of the variety of classes YogaSpark offered. We were also gifted these awesome tees which quite honestly I’m pretty obsessed with.

Once class started and the heat was on full blast I was quickly reminded that I haven’t done this in 5 years. After about 30 minutes I took frequent breaks in child’s pose but got right back up and into it. I love yoga but I don’t practice nearly as much as I should. Ever since I became a runner, I’ve been way more focused on mileage vs. getting bendy.

There was even a fun park of class where she turned on the black light. All of a sudden my pink socks and white shirt were glowing brightly which visually made the class even more fun. When we got through the 60 minute power yoga class, we ended–of course–in corpse pose and had the option of having a cool washcloth placed on your forehead. This. Was. Heaven. It was just the perfect way to end class and such a nice touch!

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snowdays and savasana… stay hot yogis.

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Post class we were treated with green juices.

I would absolutely recommend YogaSpark! The location is fantastic–TriBeCa and close to all the train stations. They have a few really great deals for new customers, so go try it out–especially if you have been in a workout rut!

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Have you ever taken hot yoga?

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Allie March 24, 2017 - 5:35 am

I too once went to hot yoga 3-4 times a week…before I had the boys. Now? I almost never make it to a yoga class but I miss it terribly! My body needs it too but most of the studios are too far from my house or the class times are all wrong.
This place, as most in NYC, looks so amazing and I’m so glad you found your way back to hot, sweaty, bendy yoga! Take me with you!!!!

Janine Huldie March 24, 2017 - 7:12 am

I keep telling myself with my bad lower back that I need to try to take a yoga class to see if will help with stretching and getting my muscles to loosen up. I guess there is a part of me that is nervous though and worries that I will hurt myself more if I move the wrong way and stretch incorrectly. So, my reasons for staying away may be a bit different than yours, but still I can’t help but be a bit conflicted where yoga is concerned. Glad to hear you enjoyed this try at it though and thank you for sharing your experiences with yoga thus far here 😉

Carly March 27, 2017 - 12:47 pm

I LOVE that shirt!!! Before I read the part that it was a gift, I saw the photo and thought, oooh that’s cute, I should ask Nellie where she got it. 😉 I have *never* done hot yoga! I love regular yoga and I’ve thought about trying it, I’ve just never actually done it.

Tamara March 27, 2017 - 6:43 pm

I honestly think I wouldn’t survive! My anxiety thrives in heated areas! Like bacteria. You rock, though!


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