Forget what you may have heard. Yoga is not for punks. It's not for the weak. And its not for those who are expecting a quiet zen-like experience.
Yoga is a full-blown workout!
Okay, so there is a hot yoga place down the street from my house. I read up on this form of exercise and decided immediately that I would not be able to handle downward facing dog in a 105 degree room. So, I opted for the "Light and Warm" class which is less strenuous and the room is only about 80 degrees.
Yeah, only about 80 degrees.
On Saturday morning I did 40 minutes of cardio and then went to the yoga studio to get my yoga on. By the time the class ended my body was not dripping with sweat -- sweat was pouring off me. Generally, I "glisten" during my cardio workout but honey, during yoga I looked like a wet rag doll.
So I went back on Sunday for more of the same.
Working through some of the poses has left me a little sore but I loved every single minute of it. I'm going to continue with the yoga classes in order to take advantage of the all the health benefits associated with the practice.