Hot Yoga.

Voguefit Hot Yoga

I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve started classes at Hot Yoga. I take classes at Yoga Flame in Moonee Ponds. They have a trial where you pay $20 for unlimited classes for 10 days – what a bargain!

So far I have been 4 times and tried three different types of yoga.

Hot Yoga

What They Say:

Our signature class! Hot Yoga increases strength and flexibility across all areas of the body while the heat allows you to detox, open and transform. The basic structure of each class remains the same; however the sequences will vary to keep your practice fresh and challenging.

34 degrees. Perfect for both beginners and the seasoned practitioner

Different from Bikram Yoga. Bikram is done in a room heated to 42 degrees Celsius and Hot Yoga is only heated to 34 degrees, the perfect temperature for stretching if I do say so myself! My first time was on a 40 degree day so I found it to be quite pleasant as it was actually cooler in the room than outside! The asanas (or yoga postures) are similar to that of Bikram Yoga but there were a few that I had never tried before. I found there were some which I was quite good at and others where I need a lot more practice. I definitely need to work more on my core and balance and I can’t wait to see improvements.

Yin Yoga

Balance is important in every aspect of life so take some time each week to slow down. This class will invite you to take a moment and enjoy long deep stretches that will release both mental and physical tension. Emerge feeling relaxed and renewed.

24 degrees. Perfect for both beginners and the seasoned practitioner

A much slower paced class and not as hot as Hot Yoga. I absolutely loved this class. Each posture was held for about five minutes and we used a lot of yoga equipment like bolsters and blocks. The idea is to really be able to relax into the pose and in time, will help increase your flexibility. I will definitely be keeping this one up! Postures such as Dragon Pose and Swan Pose (I think that’s what they were called) focus on opening up your hips which I have a lot of trouble with so I can’t wait to see if this particular yoga will help me towards my goals of splits and backbends.

Yoga Basics

Whether you are new to yoga and want a slow paced class to learn the basics or have been practicing for a while and want to refine your postures- this is the class for you! During this complete practice we will explore alignment and purpose ā€“ giving you the tools to confidently join any class on our schedule.

24 degrees. Perfect for both beginners and the seasoned practitioner

I wanted to try this class to make sure that my technique was right and to refine my postures. The instructor showed us the proper way of how to do them and also did a great job at explaining what we would benefit from each one. I thought that she would come around to everyone and check that our alignment was right but she didn’t, I think that would be my only suggestion for this class. I will definitely do this class every so often to make sure I’m on the right track and especially at the start as I still get confused with some of the poses in the other classes.

I did one more Hot Yoga class which was being run by a different instructor. She was actually quite fast paced and I was struggling more than usual. I also think that this may have something to do with the fact that it was not a 40 degree day and the room actually felt hot! Anyway, I’ve tried a few different instructor’s classes and I now know who is suitable for me at my beginner level. Hopefully after I’ve been practicing for a bit longer and I am more comfortable with my asanas I will be able to go back to her class and nail it!

My trial ended on Monday and I went a total of 4 times in 10 days. That is an achievement for me and if I go at least twice a week (I’d like to go more often but I also have pole so I’m being realistic!) then I can take advantage of the $99 for one month of unlimited classes that they have available for purchase after you have completed the 10 day trial. Head to the Yoga Flame website for more info.

Voguefit Yoga Shoulder Stretch

I decided to add yoga to my regime as a way to try and help increase my flexibility. I also enjoy the meditative side of it, especially Shavasana or ‘Corpse Pose’. Quite a morbid name but it is a pose of total relaxation and rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit. After a yoga class I literally feel like I am floating on air and nothing can bring me down!

Have you ever tried yoga before or have been practicing for a while? Are you finding improvements in your core/balance/strength/flexibility? I’d love to know so please leave me a comment below šŸ™‚

J xx

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Hello 2014!

Hi everyone!

Apologies for being MIA for 1,000 years! I just got back from my holiday in Vietnam this week and have been trying to get back into the swing of things.

I’m sure many of you have made a resolution this year. I usually do but this year I haven’t made any. Instead, I’ve given myself some goals to reach and some deadlines to reach them by!

Goal 1: The first one is really just as a result of eating too much in Vietnam. Everything was sooo cheap and delicious! The Australian dollar is really good there so we ate like kings – 6 to 8 times a day! Not a desirable diet! So now that I’ve enjoyed, I need to get back in shape. Not to mention I wasn’t able to pole there (there were gyms of which I went once but pfft.. I was on holidays!) so I’ve definitely gained weight! Not to mention that all my Christmas eating added to my current weight.

So my goal is to either get back to the weight I was before Christmas or to tone up even more. Since I got back I have only been eating salads with lots of protein and limiting my carbs. I’ve also taken up yoga and the new pole term started this week too so I feel a lot better and already like I’m on my way to reaching my goal. It’s not so much as a ‘diet’ but I’m just eating healthier and not reaching for junk food when I’m feeling lazy. When I AM lazy, I made sure that I always have some sort of cucumber or salad mix, a can of tuna and a mango. My new favourite go to meal! Delicious and healthy and no dressing needed.

Deadline: Spring. Why Spring? One of my favourite pole photographers is touring Australia and I want to book in for a photo shoot with him. A lot of my friends have done a photo shoot but I have never, there were a few times when I did want to but then I would injure myself and couldn’t do certain moves or I wasn’t happy with the state of my body and so I don’t want to look back at the photos and regret it. So I’m trying to lead a healthy lifestyle now to reap the benefits later. I am in no way ‘not allowing’ certain foods but simply eating in moderation. Last night we had Chinese food with the boyfriend’s parents.

Voguefit selfie

A great way to track your progress is to take selfies! I’m sort of cheating because I’m in heels and the lighting at Pole Divas makes everyone look good!

Goal 2: Another goal of mine is pole/flexibility related. I’ve always wanted to get my splits and since every year I say it will happen.. this year it’s going to happen! I was so close last year but injured myself once (click to find out how it happened – be careful! Listen to your body.) so I was back to square one. This year is a fresh start so I will take it easy and hope to get there again!

Deadline: End of the year. I’m being realistic.

Goal 3: Another flexibility goal is to touch my feet to my head. Today, during pole practice, I got my heels to touch my ponytail! It was the best feeling and I can only get better, I wasn’t able to do it again afterwards so I need to keep trying.

Deadline: July. I’ve given myself a lot of time because back flexibility takes a lot longer than leg flexibility. However, since I feel like I’m nearly there, this will give me a bit of a push. It would be amazing to have it before my photo shoot but I need to remember to calm down and take it easy!

Voguefit feet to head 1

This was taken on Thursday.

Voguefit feet to head

And this was taken today, just 3 days later. Stretching makes a difference, the weight of the heels probably helped but you can use any means to get there if it helps.

Here are a couple more shots from today’s practice session. Apologies for the grainy-ness, these were screenshots taken from my recordings. If you wish to see the videos, check out my Instagram @voguefit.

Voguefit Q

One of my new favourite moves. This is called Q. I used to be terrified to try it but now I’m slowly building up my confidence with it. #practicemakesperfect

Voguefit remi sit

Another new favourite trick, the remi sit. I always feel like I’m doing yoga when I do this one. Still need to get used to sitting in it.

Voguefit Pleasers chromes

My beautiful new Chromes from Pleaser. I have wanted these for a while and I decided, new year, new shoes! Like new gym clothes motivate me to work out, new pole gear motivates me to pole and IĀ  feel like I’m doing better too šŸ™‚

Goal 4: Last but definitely not least, my next goal is for this blog. I had a longgg time between now and my last post due to it being a mix of holidays, having nothing to write about and being lazy (I’ll admit it). Now I’m not a professional blogger so I’m not going to say I’ll post every day or even every week, but I will try to post more often and about interesting topics and keep you updated about my progress with my goals or any tips that I might pick up along the way.

Sorry for the long post! I thought that this would be a quick one! What are your goals and how long are you giving yourself to reach them? I’d love to know! Remember to be realistic and take baby steps šŸ™‚

Thanks for reading,

J xx