As a Sweat Pink ambassador I was given the opportunity to try the wonderful prAna yoga mat. As always all opinions are my own.
I love the feeling of breathing through a pose and beads of sweat covering my skin, but that wasn’t always the case. Going to your first hot yoga class can be daunting. With these few tips you will be prepared to begin practicing hot yoga and ready to reap the benefits and amazing feeling of the heat on your body as you flow through the poses.
How hot is hot yoga? The standard temperature is somewhere between 95-100 degrees Farenheit with Bikram Yoga practiced in rooms that are heated to 105 degrees Farenheit.
Be ready for practicing hot yoga:
If you have the option, sign up for a warm yoga class before a hot yoga class.
Hydrate before, during and more right after class. I love coconut water for its refreshing flavor and amazing minerals that nourish our bodies and Nuun Active Hydration designed to replace electrolytes.
Arrive early. Take advantage of this quiet time to relax and prepare yourself for the session as the room gradually heats up.
Be prepared to sweat. You need a quality non-slip mat and/or yoga towel. I recommend prAna mats for the warm yoga class and the hot yoga class closer to a temperature of 95 degrees. Practicing in rooms that are closer to 100 degrees place a yoga towel on top of your mat. Yogitoes is a popular towel and the one I use and recommend.
When we’re out of our comfort zone, as is possible with hot yoga, it’s easier for out minds to wander. Reconnect and stay present. Bring awareness back to your breath and focus on each individual inhale and exhale.
Wear form fitting clothing. Sweat drenched baggy clothing can be distracting and uncomfortable. I’m the most comfortable in capris or leggings with a comfortable tank top or sports bra.
Practice on an empty stomach. Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class.
Pace yourself and be comfortable with taking a rest whenever you need it.
Listen to your body and respect your limits. Be mindful that when muscles are warm you might feel more flexible than you are. Relax and allow your body to ease into a pose.
Finish with a nice long savasana. Let your body cool down gradually, rather than immediately going into an unheated room or taking a cold shower.
The heat can be intense, however after a few classes it becomes a warm and welcoming sensation that you will come to appreciate.
This time of year my treadmill becomes my bet friend. We spend a lot of miles and time together.
I’m teaming up with Michele aka NYC Running Mama and other runners to bring you a variety of treadmill reviews. You can check out the other reviews throughout the week or share your own at NYC Running Mama.
Year Purchased: 2013
Cost: It was a Valentine’s Day gift from my husband (benefit of being married to a runner) so I don’t know the cost. Currently $1299 on Amazon.
Speed: Varying speeds ranging from 0 to 12 MPH allowing for a lot of variability in your workout.
Incline/Decline: The incline/decline options for the Pro 2000 is one of my favorite features. The incline range goes up to 15%, and the decline goes down to -3%.
Ease of Set Up: As far as big heavy treadmills go (and this is both), with 2 people the Proform Pro 2000 was easier to set up than I expected.
Storage: If needed, to save space when you’re not using the treadmill you can easily fold the running deck away up to about a 70 degree angle, so you will not have the large footprint of the machine taking up space when it is not in use.
Built In Workout Programs: You get 24 workout programs built in targeting a variety of goals: 6 calorie burn programs, 6 incline programs, 6 speed programs and 6 intensity programs.
iFit Compatibility: The Pro 2000 comes with iFit compatibility which is linked up with Google MAPS, giving you have the ability to design your own training courses from anywhere in the world practically. You can then upload the details via the wireless adapter and run to any route you want. You can also track your efforts for each workout you do, and you can upload these to your iFit membership account (you get this free when you buy the adapter). A nice option for keeping track of your progress.
Console: You can access all of the features very quickly and make any changes you need to make to programs and incline etc. with the touch of a button. The large backlit display is readable no matter what angle you are facing it and all of the information shown on the display is very clear and easy to read. You can plug in your iPod or MP3 player into the console to play your music through the built in sound system.
Other features: 2 cup/bottle holders, fan, and easily position your ipad to watch TV, movies or listen to podcasts
Maintenance: No maintenance required with 2 years of regular use by 2 .
Final Thoughts: Other than preferring to run outside I have no complaints about the Proform 2000. It gives me the option of not having to miss a run due to weather (which happens often during the winter) and if I’m running before the sun comes up. It has everything I need, and more, for a great workout.
Running on a treadmill doesn’t have to be boring.
Try these boredom busting workouts to change things up and make the miles fly by:
There were comments from readers about “not having time” and “I can’t do a majority of the poses” so I’m here to offer my help and motivation.
Whether it’s a 10 minute practice or an hour class, MAKE THIS CHALLENGE YOUR OWN!
Try a new pose. Practice a pose you want to master. Try a class at a local yoga studio (they almost always let you try a class for free). Grab a mat and follow along with a You Tube video in your living room.
Yoga Inspiration and Resources
Check out these links for great info at all levels and some amazing yoga photos:
Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s#TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible for a chance to win $500 worth of new prAna gear from their latest collection as well as gift an additional $500 worth of prAna gear to the person of their choice… because isn’t giving as important as receiving? They just launched their new Spring Collection so you best get on it!
Monday kicks off the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge. Whether it’s 5 mintues i the morning or sitting at my desk at work or 1 hour in the yoga studio, I’m committing to 30 days of yoga from February 2 to March with Fit Approach and prAna.
You should join me!
All you have to do is practice daily for 30 days and shareimages of your favorite yoga poses, yoga images, yoga gear and using the hashtags: #taketheleap #sweatpink #prana and tagging @prana @fitapproach on Instagram, your blog, Twitter, in the Take The Leap Facebook group, your Facebook page (or wherever else you share online!) Even 5 minutes count!
I know I keep saying this but I love green smoothies. I now have my husband AND my daughter drinking at least one a day. I’ve been experimenting with blending different greens and have been pleasantly surprised by the beyond-spinach-and-kale varieties that work in smoothies. Recipes coming soon!
It’s no secret that I love nutbutter! I’m a long time fan of Nuttzo, the product and the companyand receiving this email definitely made me smile!
We’re super excited to welcome you to the 2015 NuttZo ambassador team!
From competitive cheerleader to crossfit. My daughter, who is now 16, has been active beginning when she was 3 and started gymnastics and dance. For the last 7 years she has been a competitive cheerleader, but after the last season she decided she didn’t want to compete anymore. Determined to stay active and fit she has started Crossfit! She’s loving it [and very sore] so far. I love hearing the excitement in her voice when she talks about her workout.
Part of the membership is 3 one on one workouts to focus on learning more about crossfit and more importantly correct form.