A little bit of #truth:
So I have a confession to make. It's not something I really ever wanted to get out or share but I think, or rather I feel it must be made known. I Brandi D. am a Hot Yoga lover. There I said it. I admit it, brand me now! I have managed to keep my pseudo addiction under wraps for a while now by visiting various hot yoga studios as to not appear to be consistent. A lot of work and thought has gone into this, if you haven't noticed.
Why keep it under wraps? Well, partly I'm kidding BUT in all honesty I've always been on the fence about hot yoga. Don't get me wrong, I get it. There is a sense of accomplishment, ---> insert Superhero stance and repeat... "I survived 105 degree Yoga, what have you done today?" There is a feeling of lightness..."I just lost 10 pounds in water weight, skinny jeans where are you!?" and just overall you feel like you kicked ass and did some damage because frankly you're sweating like a pig out in the Georgia sun all day (forgive me vegans). Hot yoga can also bring up a lot of stuff for you, a little different than non-heated or warm yoga. You tend to get frustrated, tired, nauseous, light headed and then of course you doubt yourself, and the question rises - what the heck have I gotten myself into?
There is a part of me that loves all of this - I love walking into a room and literally my oxygen feels as if it's being sucked out of me because it's so hot. I love dripping with sweat and imagining how many calories I've just burned off and what that equates to for happy hour? I love feeling like I've conquered the world by simply having the insanity to do it in the first place and the endurance to continue through it. Hot yoga is a beast all its own.
Where did I go:
I have a few HOT studios of choice but for the purposes of this project, Yoga Tropics is my go to. I have known the family for years now, they are (from my perspective) a tribe of strong, beautiful, idyllic San Diego women (Mother and two daughters) I know there are some male counterparts but I have not had the pleasure of meeting them. Margaret has always stood out for me as the no nonsense owner, operator, creator of this North County gem - she runs a tight ship and created an institution and model that any studio wanting to be successful should follow and those yogi-entrepreneurs (like myself) gravitate toward.
Running a yoga studio anywhere I think, but especially in a mecca like San Diego has it's challenges but when you find a system that works you stick to it and soar. Yoga Tropics is soaring and by calculations will continue for a long time! Their teachers are well trained, their sequence tight and the model is to duplicate - whether you go Yoga Tropics Encinitas or Pacific Beach you know exactly where you are.
Wrapping this up:
So after all this, you ask, "well, Brandi what don't you like about Hot Yoga?" You know, it's not that it's "not" yoga, because it is. It's not that people misuse it, because that is in our nature and it's [hot yoga} certainly not a bad thing if it acts as a gateway to get more people on their mats, into studios, moving their bodies. Isn't that what we all really want any way? Isn't' that what we're all preaching about high on our upcycled tire, reclaimed wood soap boxes? Like anything hot yoga, going to the gym, eating to much bacon, sipping to many espresso, one to many scoops of gelato - everything must be in moderation.
I have met a lot of people injured and severely hurt in hot yoga, it's my hope that teachers who teach it are trained properly and students that venture into it are well educated and prepared. Yoga Tropics does an excellent job with both of these and it's this very reason they have earned every student, every accolade and every mention given.
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I'm on the move tomorrow, I think it's time for some yin!!!
YogiGypsy on fire!