When I met you in the summer (in the hot room)

When I met you in the summer (in the hot room)
To my heartbeat sound
We fell in love
And turned upside down…

I don’t know about you guys, but the Canada Day long weekend has always felt more like the beginning of summer to me than the solstice. It’s the first time you get an extra day off work in the sunshine to be outdoors or at cottages with family and friends, unless you’re really lucky and get a hot May 24 weekend as well.

Not only do I enjoy that extra day off, I also tend to enjoy an extra chip (or a whole bag), an extra cold beer, cocktail, or glass of wine (or all of the above), extra scoop of ice cream, extra hour laying in the sun, extra time to sleep in…I could go on, but you get it.

Actually, this year my new hubby and I were on our honeymoon over the Canada Day weekend. This meant a not just an extra cottage day, but instead an entire week of eating and drinking our way around Europe. After all that over indulging, I knew I really needed to get back in the hot room. But I was also dreading it, knowing that sweating it out and working hard in class would be a struggle.

For extra motivation, I asked my brother to come with me. His response? And I quote, “I’m not going to hot yoga in the hot weather, I only like that room when it’s cold outside.” I still went by myself but let me tell you, it took some serious self-motivation. The hardest part is always getting there, right?

Being a hot yoga teacher, I know that my brother isn’t alone in his response. In fact, it’s a common one. Hot yoga rooms just aren’t as full in the summer. And it makes me sad. Doing hot yoga in the hot weather is actually the best thing you can do for your practice and yourself (and by extension for everyone else in your life). Unlike in the cold weather, your muscles, joints, and ligaments are already warm and ready to go deeper into the postures than you can in the winter. I highly recommend taking advantage of this time!

You also improve your flexibility and mobility for other summer activities and help to prevent potential injuries from the other sports you’re not used to playing – beach volleyball, anyone?

Not only are you already warmed up and ready for class, practicing in the summer will help to better acclimate you to the heat outside the room. You won’t be that friend complaining that it’s too hot outside. No one likes complainers.

And all those ‘extras’ I was talking about before, you’ll sweat them all out and rid your body of the toxins you may be putting in (trust me, I’m not judging). Detox in the best way possible, with your friends, family, and awesome teachers at BYB. An added bonus is that you will burn calories and tone your bod, helping you feel comfortable and confident during this bikini season.

But please, please stay hydrated to avoid dizziness and nausea. Most of all, promise to make a point of continuing your practice this summer. I can’t wait for you to reap all the benefits.

Who knows, we may even bust out some Calvin Harris (and a lot of T Swift).

Cheers!

Free Workshop Fridays… Or what I like to call FRESH FRIDAYS

Every Friday in January, we’re offering free workshops on things that will make your life better.

FRIDAY JANUARY 15TH 7:30PM:
CREATE YOUR 2016 VISION. GOAL SETTING & VISION BOARD WORKSHOP!

We’ll introduce you to some super simple goal setting techniques that really work, then give you time to actually start putting pen to paper, turning dreams into plans. After that good start and brainstorming session you’ll be ready to start a vision board. This sounds hokey, yes. And it’s AWESOME. We’ve got all the supplies for vision boards and snacks for the night! BYOB if you wish to enjoy a glass of wine while you plan your dream life. Also I think BYOS – Bring Your Own Scissors if you’re impatient and not good at sharing… we only have a few pairs. If you already have some images you know you’d like to have on your vision board definitely bring them! We will be able to use the printer at the studio if there’s anything you need to print off. It’s going to be fun! Think planning your dream life (because we all deserve that) with your yoga posse and being surrounded by good vibes. Expect to be inspired. Come!

FRIDAY JANUARY 22ND 7:30PM:
EAT CLEAN, LOSE WEIGHT, FEEL GREAT. HYDRATION & NUTRITION FOR LIFE & YOGA.

Learn how to  fuel your body and mind so they work at their best. Tara Portelli, Registered Holistic Nutritionist will be in the house talking all things nutrition and hydration. Many physical and emotional discomforts can be healed by changing what we put in our bodies. Whether you’d like to lose weight, have more energy or think more clearly there’s a nutritional solution and Tara will share. Bring your questions!

FRIDAY JANUARY 29th 7:30PM:
LEARN TO MEDITATE.

Curious about meditation and how it could improve your life? Join us as we debunk some meditation myths and get to the heart of what a meditation practice is, how to cultivate one, and what it can bring to your life. We will finish with an amazing guided meditation. You will leave with the knowledge and skill to start your own meditation practice.