Yoga (don't play with) fire?
March 14, 2014 2:19 PM Subscribe
Former exercise nut turned semi-couch-potato may or may not want to try out hot yoga after only 2 non-hot yoga classes. Good or bad idea?
posted by Tsukushi to Health & Fitness (15 answers total)
I'm a woman in my early 30s with a job that involves mostly sitting and with occasional walks around the office block as my only form of exercise. I used to do cardio and some light weight training using machines from mid-2010 to 2012; however, my fitness level has dropped since mid-2013. My BMI has been normal since mid-2010 (when I started my cardio / weight training regime due to having become overweight from work stresses and horrible eating habits) - although I have had no periods for 8 months due to overzealous exercising during one stretch from 2011 to 2012. I'm now much less of a stress eater compared to around 2010, although I do have this habit of 2 cups of coffee per day... and Tim Hortons' Roll Up the Rim doesn't help either.
I've tried taking 2 yoga classes from my local Y, and I'm considering taking up yoga again, mainly in conjunction with resuming cardio and weight training, for both controlling my weight and for restoring my fitness level.
Given my very limited yoga experience... if I do try yoga again, should I take the plunge and try a form of hot yoga? Or would I better off taking a few lessons in non-hot yoga before I even consider feeling the heat? Suggestions of different yoga styles (except Bikram, who tried to sue to protect yoga poses in the public domain
) are welcome--thanks so much for the help!