Miss Chief’s review of the 10-day pass for new students at Your Yoga Studio Liverpool on Wood Street.
After a busy and stressful life lately, I decided that it was time for a bit of time out. Hot yoga provides a great meditation environment where I could totally relax, free my mind and focus on myself. This is how it went;
Class: Hot Yoga for Beginners with Debbie Radcliffe
Today was my first class, feeling nervous, I went into the studio and found my place, there were no spaces on the back row so I ended up right behind the instructor. This made me extra nervous because now I knew I had to do my best because everybody would be looking right next to me.
When the instructor asked if there was anybody new to the class and I was the only one who put up their hand, I quickly felt myself wanting to walk straight back out again. Before we started I had the face towel on my head removing the sweat from my forehead as it started to sting my eyes. The instructor set us into a relaxing meditation before getting into any movements. The heat then became easier, it didn’t feel as hot as I remembered Hot Yoga in the past.
Today’s class was a slow flow for beginners, we moved at a pace which was easy to follow and pick up with a lot repetition. The main part I struggled with was planking. Although I have been working out at the gym, this definitely doesn’t prepare you for the good Ol’ killer plank.
The instructor had a lovely presence, not to overwhelming and a nice calm voice. I have been searching for a good yoga instructor since my favorite Finnish Ballerina instructor Sanna, who has since become one of my biggest inspirations. Today’s instructor Debbie came around the class and helped get everybody into the correct position, giving pointers on alignment and tips on how to get a better stretch and know you’re feeling the right things.
Overall I was really pleased with this class, it was nice to start with a slow flow, to prepare for the rest of the classes. Now I better make sure that I drink enough water!!
Class: Hot fit flow fly class with Steven Jones
Today my boyfriend came along with me to hot yoga. A few years ago, we came and done a 20-day taster course.
We went into the room to relax and get used to the heat, one by one people entered, but unlike yesterday’s beginners class, after a few more confident looking people came in, we looked at each other and had the same though “maybe this is an advanced class”. This class was a lot faster paced, quick transitions between poses, a lot of repetition helped us to look like we knew what we were doing a little bit. We surprisingly kept up the pace and didn’t struggle as much as originally thought we would.
I told my boyfriend that it was only girls at the class yesterday which made his face light up, but to his dissatisfaction in today’s class it was mainly male dominated (haha). I feel like I had a great workout, really worked on the core today and feel super refreshed.
Need to keep drinking water.
Class: Absolute Hot Yoga 60m with Steph Henshaw
Today I decided to do Hot Yoga in my lunch break as I had been invited to get my hair done by Aveda in the evening.
The class was advertised at absolute hot yoga 60m but as the instructor Steph was substituting for the usual instructor she changed the class to a flow.
Today’s class was quite small, so we had loads of space, but that also left me feeling a lot more bare, nowhere to hide for cover if I feel like giving up at any point. Steph was actually taught in hot yoga by my old instructor Sanna, you could tell this as she worked you hard!! The flow was a quick pace but then this lead into long plank holds, she would make you hold it for so much longer than you think, my whole body was shaking but I did not want to give up.
The heat is the same but I felt like I could cope with it better, at the point when it feels too hot from doing the downward dog position over and over, the stand-up work came to save me. I did find that in other classes my balance had been fine, but today I found balancing in some positions a little difficult.
Class: Hot Yoga Core Power with Margie Kirk
I was planning to take today off as a rest day and let my body recover, but I think I’m addicted, my skin feels amazing, I have extra energy and I want to just keep going. I looked at the class schedule and seen that it was a core workout and I thought ok yes, this is the target area I want to build on. I’m so glad I did.
Margie was a fantastic instructor, this class had some flow, but it was mainly slow paced with more focus on getting the moves correct. This is just what I needed. Margie went around the class and helped point out tips on what we should be feeling and how to better the move, also helping fix you into the right alignment. She was very strict however, if she spotted you fidgeting between moves or trying to wipe your face she would point it out straight away. I felt like a naughty kid sometimes, but this then helped me stay completely focused on the practise.
I also found that all this time I hadn’t been getting the best out of my warrior 2 position. I always thought the move was about the front leg, when it is actually about the back one. Once I changed the move and found out how to use the back leg as the stretch and push out through my back little toe, this has changed the pose altogether for me. I wonder how many other positions I am not benefitting from fully at the moment! I see this as a positive though, because learning is fun and always knowing there is always something new to improve on just makes me want to continue finding out more.
Day 5- Rest Day
Day 6 – Rest day
Day 7 – Rest Day
Class: Absolute Hot Yoga with Steven Jones
Today I missed the beginners class because I was bringing my friend and she didn’t finish work until later, so we made the Absolute Hot Yoga 60m class with Steven Jones
Today the room seemed so much hotter, I don’t know if that’s because of my rest days or it was actually hotter. Although the class had a different name it was exactly the same as Fit, Flow, Fly, I’m not sure why the classes have different names if it’s exactly the same. That’s fine though, it was a good challenge. Having Heather in the class made me lose concentration at time as a few giggles went on quietly at the back, I did manage to focus in the end though and get through it.
I must drink more on my rest days!!
Class: Fit, Flow, Fly with Steven Jones
Today’s class was the earlier class but was exactly the same as the day before.
My body feels like it can stretch more freely, I think I may have finally learned how to go from downward dog into plank and then cobra correctly now, it’s about trying to keep that bum higher up and coming down from plank right into the elbows.
I have been working hard lately using the mirror to try and correct my alignment. This is where going to Margie Kirks class really helps, she will walk around and correct your posture. Steven is a really good teacher, his voice is very soothing and the movements are fast, but not too fast. He does give some tips and corrects some moves, but the nature of this class being a faster flow, doesn’t give much opportunity it seems.
Day 10 – rest day due to other commitments.
Overall, I feel more focused and relaxed, my body and mind are at one. My skin feels amazing and it has encouraged me to drink plenty of water, which normally I don’t do.
I would love to keep up hot yoga but the classes and passes are a little expensive, I will probably look at doing drop in sessions as and when but it’s not something I could commit to every week just because of the cost.
It has encouraged me to maybe look at focusing on normal (non hot) yoga classes and work on correcting my moves before paying and taking them into a hot class.
5/5 Misschief Rating