New ‘Warm Yoga’ Fitness Class: We’ll Be Back For More

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Gabriela Stevenson

I am a sweater. I sweat a lot and I hate it. If you see me walking in the street, no matter what time of year it is, I’m usually sweating. Thanks to my perspiration problems, I didn’t expect warm yoga to do much for me. I already sweat so much when I work out, so I didn’t think bumping up the temperature a little would make a difference.

I was only about 15 or 20 minutes into the hour-long class when I realized how wrong I was. I was sweating so much that my hands were sliding all over my mat during Downward Dog, but this time, I really loved it. I loved feeling the temperature slowly rise and feeling my body react to it and continue to work hard. The temperature really allowed me to loosen up and test my flexibility a bit. At the end of class, we had the typical time to reconnect with our bodies and our breath, but the warmth of the room really put me at ease.

It was also a nice change of pace to be in a class with so many different people. There were 78 people crammed into the studio and a good mix of men and women, students and adults. I even saw my freshman year English 015 professor, which just further proves this class is for anyone.

Altogether, I applaud the instructor for providing me with a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere, a solid workout, and a great playlist. This is a class I’ll make time for every week.

Elissa Hill

I’ve never been a regular yoga-goer, but since coming to Penn State, I think I’ve tried all the yoga class variations offered at least once. That said, when I found out about the new warm yoga class, I knew I had to try it out.

We were cutting it pretty close on time, and when we arrived at Room 16 of IM (admittedly after wandering the building for a few extra minutes) the line for the class stretched out the door. I was surprised to see how many people had showed up for the first Thursday night class, and like Gabi said, the class was a cross-section of both men and women, students and adults.

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