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A few weeks ago I purchased a Groupon for 10 classes  of Bikram Yoga (Hot Yoga). I thought it would be a great way to try something new to benefit my weight loss journey. I've heard so much about Bikram Yoga that I've been wanting to try it and today was my first day. I attended a class at Radiance of San Marco for Bikram Yoga in Jacksonville, FL.

Bikram style Hatha Yoga, ideal for the beginner as well as the seasoned
practitioner, is a demanding, dynamic, and exhilarating routine of 26 strengthening and toning postures (asanas) practiced in the detoxifying calm of a heated studio.  This allows you to work deep into muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and organs of every cell of the body, to change from the inside out. Bikram Yoga is a process that can reduce the symptoms of many injuries and chronic diseases, as well as being an excellent preventative activity.  In time, you learn to focus your mind and control your breath, leading you to work harder, deeper, and yet calmer. Bikram Yoga increases flexibility, improves circulation, and reduces stress, to provide an infinite number of benefits. The more you put into your class, the more you will get out of it.

As for my first class, I must say that I was a bit challenged. Many of the exercises I could do or at least try, but there were some that had me looking like "HOW DID THEY DO THAT?" The instructor informed me at the beginning of class that if I needed to take a break that was fine. The goal was to try if possible, watch others for help, and listen to my body. The room was 105 degrees, so walking in I instantly started sweating. It's best to be well hydrated and I wasn't.  All day I was afraid that I might vomit in class so I kind of limited my food and drink intake all day......next time I know better. 

The class was 90 minutes long and we worked the ENTIRE time! Yeah we had a few water breaks, but they were only 30 seconds each. I was doing okay with the heat until the last 30 minutes. Those last 30 minutes felt like they were the LONGEST 30 mins of my life!!!!! I literally felt like my body was on FIRE! Within that time the instructor was nice enough to open the door to let some air in for a minute - WHAT A RELIEF! After the class was done, I didn't want to move LOL! I was exhausted; barely enough energy to drive home. I made it though......FOXXY made it through her first Bikram Yoga class and it's not the last!

Overall I really enjoyed the class and I'll be headed back next sunday. I'll be better prepared next week with at least 2 liters of water intake before class and I'll be wearing shorts instead of leggings! 

Hot Yoga for Hot Foxxy,
Foxxy



 
 
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After wearing my running shoes for almost a month, I was still having slight foot discomfort. When I purchased my shoes I was given a 30 day return policy; They assured me that no matter what we would find the right shoe for me! After my run last saturday I decided to go back to the store, Jacksonville Running Company, to explain my pain and find a corrective shoe.

The issue I noticed when running was my forefoot didn't feel like it was getting the needed support. After each run my outer foot (baby toe area) was really sore. The store associate pulled another shoe for me with added cushion and and extended forefoot base that provides extra cushion for a wider foot. The store associate brought out the Brooks Glycerin 10 ($140). When I put the shoe on my foot felt enveloped in comfort. Although this shoe is a bit heavier than my first pair (Dyad 7), I'll get use to that. Comfort is most important to me. Brooks describes the Glycerin 10:

Go ahead, spoil your feet. Slip them into the perfectly plush, incredibly balanced, Glycerin 10. We’ve designed the forefoot with enhanced flexibility for an effortless toe-off in every step. An updated saddle hugs the unique shape of your foot, while a full-length Brooks® DNA midsole customizes cushion to your individual stride. A luxurious ride from heel to toe, your feet will feel like a million bucks.
I've worn the shoes as I worked out all week, but today is the big test. I'll be going for a 30 minute jog and that will really determine if "THIS IS IT".......The shoe for Foxxy!

Wish me luck,
Foxxy
 

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