here's the first part of this story.
it took several more classes before i noticed the drawbacks. i’m not talking about superficial problems, like facing mirrors or calling postures toppling tree instead of their Sanskrit names. this isn’t even about potential health risks.
i’m talking about themes. hot yoga sets up strict barriers and if you aren’t paying attention you’ll stay inside them.
first, the idea of imposing versus offering. sure, the heated room gives you a running jump, a five-second lead, or whatever head start metaphor you like. but if i did the same postures in an 80-degree room the sequences would feel like minor calisthenics.
the heat gives the appearance of working hard. but i prefer the reality, where you start at a normal temperature and build your own heat. that’s an accomplishment.
it comes down to this:
do you want to create it or have it handed to you?
what’s the cause of your sweat—your environment or exertion?
another bummer is the aftermath. instead of satisfyingly sore muscles afterward, i just felt beat.
what kind of tired do you prefer, depleted or pleasantly worn out?
you know the difference. one sucks the marrow from your bones, the other makes you drift into a deep sleep with a smile across your face. i’ll take the latter, please.
pulling from limited postures locks you into a pattern, which becomes boring. plus, it conveniently eliminates the poses you don’t like.
at first this sounds great. ha ha! you cackle. i never have to practice arm balances again! but if you never practice them, you’ll never pull them off. in short, you can’t improve what you don’t practice.
what’s your goal, to improve or avoid?
in the end, this isn’t actually about hot or room temperature yoga at all. it’s about awareness and conscious evaluation. funny how that happens...
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