Baby, it’s cold outside!
As much as I love to stay active, I have a hard time motivating myself to brave the cold to get outside this time of year.
Luckily for me (and my spring wardrobe!) I just discovered my new favorite winter workout: Hot Power Yoga.
I have been a yoga fan for a decade. The practice--transitioning from one pose to another while aligning each movement with the breath--improves flexibility, strength, posture, and breathing. Plus, I always leave my yoga mat feeling less stressed. (No wonder it’s been around for more than 5,000 years!)
Hold up. I’ve heard of yoga, but what’s with all the adjectives? Hot? Power? Qué?
Hot Power Yoga is a mix of Hot Yoga (think Bikram) and Power Yoga.
Power Yoga progresses more quickly than a traditional yoga class and incorporates poses that require you to support your own body weight, adding even more strength training to your practice.
¡Adios, free weights!
I loved the increased intensity and focus on building strength. More fun than biceps curls, I can get the benefits of strength training which health experts recommend twice a week to reduce your risk of heart disease.
Hellooo Hot (between 90-110 degrees) BUT will I dehydrate to death or at least be too sweaty to hold a down dog pose?
My first class, I worried I would slip and fall on my face.
¡Pero no! The heat had the opposite effect: I felt more flexible and ready to stretch into deeper, more difficult poses.
An hour later after my caliente, rigorous workout, I was actually relieved to step out into the cold air.
Muy importante: Remember to drink a lot of water before and during a Hot Power Yoga class (and all exercise).
I’ve warmed up to the idea! Where do I sign up?
Many gyms and yoga studios offer Hot Power Yoga.
Not ready to commit to a membership? I get my yoga fix by taking advantage of enrollment specials: check out one day free or reduced rates for first timers, for example, 10 days for $10.
Or you can try it from la casa. This YouTube Video features virtually the same routine I did in class. ¡Just crank up your thermostat or space heater and ya estás!
Hot Power Yoga is great for yogis who want to challenge their practice or anyone looking for an engaging strength training workout.
Brave the cold and try it. Your spirit, your health, and your spring wardrobe will be glad you did.
A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.
What’s your favorite winter workout?