Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hot Yoga = Hell

Have you ever had a friend try and convince you that something is a good idea. I can think of a few examples in my life where this happened.

1. When I was 7, my friend Emily convinced me that swinging as high as you could on the swing and THEN letting go at the very top was indeed a good idea. I spent three days on the couch, unable to move my leg at all, and weeks struggling around. My parents told me to "suck it up" and that I would be fine. My hip still hurts from time to time.

2. When I was 15, my friend Amanda (still one of my best friends) convinced me that sneaking out of my house was a good idea. My mom use to set an alarm clock and when I came in the house, I had to turn it off and go to bed (10:30 pm.) That way if it went off she'd go looking for me. Not something you want from a short German woman who is WAY too overly protective. Well, needless to say we did go in the house, and we did turn off the alarm. The problem was that we decided to go back outside. My mom heard the door close and long story short I spent MONTHS in my bedroom. MONTHS. It was the summer of sucking. I would have killed me if I were her.

3. When I was 20 (three days prior to my 21st birthday) my friends talked me a drinking contest. I won! I also spent the evening in the hospital. My parents drove to the hospital (I was in college) to see me. I was convinced that they were going to kill me. I tried to explain to them that I had only drank 2 drinks (which is all I remember.) My dad said he believed me, but that they were out of 20 gallon buckets. I am so glad that my parents allowed me to live to see 30. I don't know how they survived parenting me.

I am a pretty independent person, and I usually do a good job of making my own choices and deciding what is a good idea and what is a bad idea. Sometimes I fail at decision making.

I let my friend Joanna talk me into going to hot yoga. (edit: Joanna has so kindly reminded me that it was MY idea and I talked her into going. It was a dumb idea Joanna!! You should have talked me out of it!)

It was hell!!

The woman explained to me what it was like and I figured, I can handle that. I don't mind heat and I don't mind sweating. She failed to mention the smell. I was so nauseous and being a foot from the sweatiest, smelliest man on Earth didn't help. I just kept getting a whiff of B.O and wanted to vomit. You weren't allowed to leave the room, and you had to stay on your mat. It felt like I was in Kindergarten hell. It was the longest hour and a half of my life.

One thing I realized half way though class is how tight my side is where I was kicked. Totally inflexible. By the end it was better, so that is good. I think I spent half the class laying down on my mat trying to not vomit. Worst part? We bought a month membership through Groupon, and you know my thougths of wasting money. The next 30 days won't go fast enough.


eventer79 said...

Well, hot yoga sounds miserable. I already spend all summer in chest waders thank you. But the new blog look is fabo!!

Checkmark115 said...

No thank you to hot yoga. I just heard about it a few days ago but it sounds....awful. I like the word kindergarten hell, lol. Aaaand I like the new look :D

Leah Fry said...

Not my cup of cocoa. I like yoga and Pilates, but I would barf in that heat.

Suzie said...

I LOVE hot/Bikram yoga! It helps me so much with my shoulder issues as well as improving my dressage seat. You'll love it soon enough! Just don't sit next to Mr. Stinky Stench anymore. :)

Joanna said...

Um, no, you're remembering part of this wrong. You bought the Groupon and then asked who wanted to buy it too. So I really only pushed you into redeeming your Groupon during the winter months, YOU had the initial thought that hot yoga would be a good idea!

Busted!!! :)

achieve1dream said...

Ew!! I second not putting your mat next to his again. Yuck! I don't think I could handle hot yoga.

Rebecca said...

Hot yoga? No thanks! I already live in Florida, if I want to suffocate while I exercise I'll just do it outside. :P

Also, I actually like that alarm clock idea. My parents used to wait up for me to get home to make sure I got home okay. That would have let them go to sleep when they wanted to, but not have to worry. I may steal that idea for my kids someday.

Laura M. said...

I'm totally stealing the alarm clock idea for when my step daughter gets her driving priviliges (in a year! )

The hot yoga sounds like a good idea, but I hadn't thought of the B.O. issue. Keep us updated on how it goes!

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Hah Bikram! I don't sweat well so therefore I overheat and then puke so no thanks! But I do enjoy regular Yoga or Pilates. Bikram is great if u have back pain, etc and can tolerate the heat...and I guess, smell? Groupon it!

Anonymous said...

Hehe, your description of bikram yoga totally reminded me of my experience with it. Started off thinking it wasn't too bad, bought a concession pass, by the time I'd got through the pass, I HATED it. It was like pure torture!

Melody said...

Kindergarten hell...great phrase! Love it! And that yoga sounds truly hellish! No no no no no! If I want to kill myself I'll ask my husband for a sparring session! lol

Good luck with that! Don't be near that guy again.

Annette said...

I love yoga but I can't handle hot yoga either. I don't well in the heat period. I love all your banners!