I know that I arrived at the Hot Yoga Absolute 60 minute class at Happiness Hot Yoga last night at 7:30. I know that Ryan Tierney was the instructor. These things I know because I have evidence of the booking I made online. But exactly what went on in that class – I can’t recall in great detail.
Absolute Hot Yoga is a high-energy, uplifting series of classic Hatha yoga poses in a specific sequence that promotes balance, strength, flexibility, and overall wellness. The heat allows you to stretch deeply, cleanse the body and calm the mind. The body is detoxified and strengthened and your overall health and focus will be improved. The classic yoga postures coupled with hot temperature means that you will sweat a lot and burn more calories. What to expect – A really strong flow class to contemporary music which will also help you connect with your inner Yogi.
I have a recollection of the reception and changing rooms, which were spacious and bright leading to the studio which was dimly lit and held about thirty of us. Ryan began the class and did something which I haven’t experienced in any of the classes that I have been to so far… He said that he would be making adjustments throughout the session and if anyone would prefer that he didn’t… they could raise their hand now. I immediately started to reminisce about my yoga teacher training because this is what we had also been taught to do. I immediately trusted Ryan, he had a great teaching style … but I’m not a hot yoga teacher and it was the hottest I’ve ever experienced in the Happiness studio. Also I was standing directly under a panel, which I discovered, is not a good idea unless you want to sweat from the top of your head with the effect as that of, like you are standing underneath a shower… this I proceeded to do …for the entire 60 minutes. Needless to say Ryan did not make any adjustments to me, and I could hardly blame him as I didn’t want to touch me either, considering the outrageously sweaty mess I had so swiftly become!
The rest is a blur really! The next thing I was truly aware of was when we came down to the mat in Savasana and I heard Ryan saying allow yourself to surrender. I managed to maintain my sense of humor and almost laughed as I remember thinking that at that moment there was really nothing else that my body was capable of other than to surrender. I enjoyed the class in a jubilant ‘give thanks and praise … I got through that’ type of way! As we all left Happiness I felt pretty happy but I also had a revelation that hadn’t become apparent before… with my distorted sense of achievement I realized that over the last two weeks I must have been the oldest hot yogi in Liverpool … I wonder if I carried on could I be the hottest old yogi … who knows … at least I didn’t turn out to be the oldest raver in town … and that was on the cards for a bit!
I booked my class on the Happiness Hot Yoga website but you can also book with the link below