I have tried a to find the perfect cross training activity many times over the years, but the activity that I keep trying over and over with the hopes of making it a habit is yoga. Not just yoga, hot yoga. I have been craving a new adventure in cross training recently, so I decided to give hot yoga another try.

Frank Shorter famously said… “You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mindĀ can’t know what’s coming.” I believe the same principle should be applied to overweight runners attempting to do hot yoga with hardly any yoga experience as well. You have to forget your last hot yoga experience before trying another. Your mind (and body) can’t know what’s coming. About 15 minutes into my 60 minute class this afternoon, the only thing going through my mind was…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few of my accomplishments from today’s adventure in cross training are below…

  • Heaviest person in the class
  • Wearing more clothes than anyone else in the 105 degree / 40 % humidity climate controlled room
  • Most inflexible body in the room
  • Only class member singledĀ out by the instructor to be shown how to modify poses to make them easier
  • Asked by yogi with zero body fat if it was my first class after

The incredible list of achievements above are just what I needed to keep me inspired to go back for another hour of hell on Wednesday. In the event that I decide to make hot yoga a permanent cross training activity, I will need to make the purchases below.

First, I will need a proper yoga mat that suits my personality. The mat below should do nicely…

Second, I will need a pair of yoga pants. I think this pair is a fashionable choice…

Third, I will need a proper gym / yoga bag to hold my yogi materials. I like this one…

Finally, I will need a yogi mentor / spiritual adviser. I can think of no one better to shepherd me through this journey that this guy…

I look forward to making yoga in Hell (hot yoga) a regular part of my cross training routine. I’m sure there will be some good embarrassing stories to share with y’all soon!