as part of my new year's intention to create more balance in my life, i have been seeking out more "me" time. it's wonderful to unplug and enjoy time with friends and family, but i've realized that i need more time to myself. time to read, write, reflect, exercise. sometimes i find it hard to focus when i'm always surrounded by others and there is a certain clarity i gain when i'm alone.
in my quest for more restorative "me" time, i have rediscovered hot yoga and i'm hooked! i was really into yoga for a year or so in college, but i fell out of the practice. i find it hard to quiet my mind, but there is something about a room cranked up to 100+ degrees and the quiet focus of vinyasas that just melts everything away.
the heat and humidity in the room gives it the cleansing feeling of a sauna and the practice itself encourages you to be fully present in the moment. and what i love most about it is the noncompetitive atmosphere. i have a tendency to push myself too hard, so i really try to focus on doing what feels good for my body and not compare myself to others.
if you're new to hot yoga, i've listed a few items below that will get you started. just keep in mind that the rooms are steamy and it will take a few classes to acclimate your body, so don't push yourself too hard. and hydrate before, during, and after! by no means do you have to spend a lot of money to practice yoga, but i've opted to invest in a mid-priced, high-quality mat that is thick enough to give my knobby knees a little relief. you will sweat like crazy - literally sweat pouring off your body - so a towel to wipe it away or a towel placed on top of your mat will help prevent slippage.
so tell me, are there any "me" time practices that leave you feeling refreshed and renewed?