I know I know, it's been around for years now but I have never been. Just the thought of working out in a really hot room is a turn off. My imagination would take me right to sweaty wet un fit bodies, emitting odors I don't care to inhale.
Alas, I gave in. There is a chain (not saying the name) of Yoga Studios that I have been hearing alot about, so given that I live in Northern California it was easy finding a class. So today I did it.
The studio itself is quite beautiful.Very calming and as a former manager I could appreciate the kindness of the two front desk people. I then entered the room. It was hot and hot and for a moment I thought I would turn around and walk out but I had a very diplomatic conversation with myself and I convinced myself that I could do it so I sat down and waited and watched all the Lululemon girls come in followed by the Lululemon guys who promptly removed their shirts..let the sweating begin.. The next perplexing thing was after this teacher welcomed everyone for coming and said she could appreciate that we were probably really overloaded in our heads from our work day and that we really probably hadn't taken a deep breath all day, she cranks up the music! Music? For Real? So the entire hour she played music while expecting us to focus on our breath and on clearing our heads, meanwhile it's 120 degrees in there with no ventilation, obviously, and the guy next to me is not smelling pretty and his sweat is all over the place (no it's not Bikram), and I could not wait to leave.
I don't care what the reason is. I will never understand the reason to exercise is a room that is so overly hot, and such a waste of energy (electrical) and so unnecessary.Our bodies perspire to cool us down, evaporation is how we cool down, in a room that has no ventilation with heat blasting it's impossible to regulate our core temperature, It's just another "gimic" to get our lazy American populous to think they are getting fit because they are sweating so much when in reality they are sweating so much because its so ridiculously hot. Period.