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Sweat On, Toxins Off

in the world of yoga, there are bikram lovers, and there are flow lovers.  there are also a million styles of yoga in between, but most people lean one way or the other. bikram = sweaty structured classes and poses.  flow = warm flowly movements.  i really enjoy both. i love sweating my brains out in a bikram class, but sometimes the classes get mundane because it is the same routine, repeated overandoverandover again.  flow classes typically mix things up a bit more.  the pieces of the workout are the same, but how they come together varies.  and i love variation.

this week i learned that i could combine the two into one happy yoga workout while attending Essential Hot Yoga in boise, idaho.  my big sis and i are giving it a shot to see if our trial will convert us into full timers. and i must say, so far so good.

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Essential Hot Yoga has 4 locations making it easier to get to their classes if your schedule can be inconsistent like mine.  the lovely Donna Jackovich is the founder and owner, and she has surrounded herself with a team of lovely yogis to assist the folks of the treasure valley in touching their toes.

sister and i showed up early with our yoga mats in tow, and our itty bitty outfits ready for a soaking…. and a soaking we most certainly did.  it was HOT, there were poses, there were flows, and we definitely got our sweat on.

we loved it so much, that we returned a week later to mix some of those poses with a bit of fast tempo cardio at their SCULPT class.  this class reminded me of a yoga class mixed with an at home cardio work out video, and a bit of barre method, all smooshed into one.  there was no shortage of squatting, holding legs and arms parallel to the ground for uncomfortable periods of time, and flows.

 

i never knew a yoga class could make me feel out of breath, but it did.  there were bits of slow yoga, mixed with the bits of fast paced movements, which allowed  my lungs to catch up with my body.  it was the perfect combination.
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i even managed to snap a really great photo of sister and i dripping in sweat. (man do we look good).

check out all of those toxins leaving our bodies!

turns out there is quite a debate regarding whether sweaty yoga is actually releasing toxins. i recently confided in the Ask Aunt Yoga Advice Column where there was an discussing regarding sweating out the toxins.  in response to this ongoing question, yoga pro, ann pizer says:

 

“Your body is a pretty sophisticated little unit, so it has a system to get rid of things it can’t use or doesn’t need. After being broken down by your liver, toxins are excreted as either blood or bile, which are ultimately filtered by your kidneys and intestines, and leave the body in urine and feces, respectively. Sweat really isn’t part of this equation….So, toxins issue aside, if you do hot yoga or Bikram, you will sweat. A lot. If that makes you feel cleansed, great. After hot yoga, be sure to drink a lot of water, since that will help your body rehydrate and move blood through your organs so they can continue to do one of their most important jobs: detoxification.”
well that works for me! whether it is called a “detox,” “sweating my brains out,” a “cleanse,”  or anything else people come up with, it does makes me feel good.  so i will continue to get my sweat on, and my “toxins” off, as i yoga across the nation.

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