I’m not someone that likes to do yoga. To be honest with you, I don’t really like to do anything. But I understand that I have to do something in order to keep my body healthy. I’ll run here and there, and I try to eat right, but if you said to me that you do Hot Yoga I would think that you were a masochist.
But then my colleague Ed Gaetjen’s, a real estate agent at Saunders in Bridgehampton, started going to Hamptons Hot Yoga in Bridgehampton and I took notice. Ed doesn’t strike me as a yoga guy, in fact, Ed has been playing hockey his whole life and that makes sense to me when you meet him. When I think of yoga, I think of this graceful, peaceful activity, when I think of Ed, I think of a bulldozer.
But Ed has been raving about it. “It’s so good for you. I go in there and I get such a great workout and I really feel so much lighter and healthier. It’s good for everything, you have to go!”
Ed Gaetjen’s is a born salesman, so I went to Hamptons Hot Yoga reluctantly, expecting it to be pure torture, but I just had to see what Ed was talking about, even though I’m the least flexible person you have ever met.
Let me just say this, I am really pleasantly surprised with this workout class.
First off, put your mind at ease about the heat when you go into this class. That was my biggest concern, but when I walked in the studio, I actually liked the temperature of the room. It wasn’t sauna hot, it was warm blanket hot. When the class got started, I did the best I could but didn’t push it and the instructor made it clear that was totally fine. So long as you work into the positions as best you can you still get a lot out of it and start sweating. I was drenched in sweat within 15 minutes, but I wasn’t exhausted or felt like I couldn’t handle it. You’re moving a lot during the class, but you’re not losing your breath or hating life, you’re just holding some positions that make you a little uncomfortable, however right when you start to think to yourself, “I really can’t hold this pose much longer,” you move into a different pose. Outside of the room being about 105 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s basically a regular yoga class.
I got kind of excited during the class because I realized that this was very doable, and I felt like the sweating was really detoxing me more than any sauna I’ve ever done. Alejandro, the instructor was easy-going and informative on how to get the most out of each pose, even if I couldn’t touch my toes.
Let me say it again, don’t be afraid of the heat. Don’t be afraid of doing Hamptons Hot Yoga. It’s good for the body, but most importantly, it’s good for the soul. It’s so important these days to focus on your health, too many of us are attached to our screen and staring at the news all day long wondering what to be afraid of next. Doing Hamptons Hot Yoga FORCES YOU to disconnect from all that for just over an hour. And just for that reason alone makes it so worth it.
I strongly recommend you check it out if you are hesitant about it. I’m really glad that I did it and will continue to go at least once a week.