Hot Yoga or Pure Barre first?

Let me start by saying Thank You. And let me repeat this over and over again until I believe it myself: I’m not my mother, I’ll never be my mother, and I can’t let her words or actions negatively influence my mood or behavior.
Days like yesterday are going to happen. I have to just vent about it and move on. I can’t wish the situation better. Moving on..

I now live in the great city of Atlanta.

It’s still pretty weird to say that. I lived in Alabama my whole life despite traveling all over for work. I’m still learning my way around metro Atlanta, getting lost and finding my way back home seems to be the most effective way to learn a new city. I say that until I end up in the hood with a cap popped in Dolly Parton, my little pearly white car.

On my travels around Atlanta I’ve noticed so many places so close to my apartment that are fitness related. I make a mental note of the name of the place and remember to google it to figure out what the hell it is. On a recent excursion out in search of a bike rack I saw a place called Pure Barre.

Mr Google led me to their website and I’m intrigued. Check them out at The technique, as described on the website:

“Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Students see results in just 10 classes.
Pure Barre is intelligent exercise. The technique protects your joints as it does not involve any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscle without bulk. The workout launches a full blown attack on the areas of the body all women struggle with: abs, hips, seat and arms. It defies gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up.
The workout requires such focus that you block “life” out for the hour allowing you to obtain the mental benefits achieved in yoga or meditation. A transformed body and a clear head in just one hour- it doesn’t get much better than this.”

The ballet geek in me is squeeling with delight. My first thought was wearing my ballet shoes but that may lead to judgement from my classmates. I have to try this class. 15 years of my life was spent in front of a mirror at a barre in a tutu. This would be the happiest time in my life revisited in a way. I have to try it.

Another place I’ve found is Atlanta Hot Yoga. Check them out at Taken from the website:

“We teach energetic, challenging yoga classes in the heat! Our teaching styles are fun and safe, and we guarantee that you will sweat like crazy! We love it when we hear you come out of the room and say things like “That was awesome!” and “I feel amazing!”

Yoga is the best way to exercise, promote health, increase flexibility, and mental clarity. We teach it so that you can immerse yourself in the challenge of the practice. We know it works, we love it, and we want you to experience the benefits of your practice!

Our aim is to continue to offer the finest instructors, teaching a broad range of authentic styles of yoga in a great environment so you can find a class suited for you regardless of age, gender, size, fitness, diet or lifestyle. We are dedicated to nurturing the health of everyone and fostering an environment where everyone belongs.

Don’t ever worry about your ability. After class your flexibility, strength, stamina and mental clarity will be enhanced, guaranteed! You will learn a lot and discover a great way to stay in shape for the rest of your life!

If you are new, have never tried yoga before, or are “the most inflexible person on the planet” start with any Hot class!

Our Hot yoga sequence is practiced in a heated room, which is maintained at 95 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot practice is designed for a balanced “all” body stretch that all can enjoy and benefit from. Sweating as a form of detoxification plays a key role in hot yoga. First timers start here. Our hot yoga is similar to Bikram Choudhury’s 26-hatha yoga pose sequence.”

Sounds awesome, right? I love yoga. I like to sweat. Part of me thinks I’ll pass out but surely they have the paramedics on speed dial just incase that happens.

So, favorite blog readers, which class to try first? You guys and girls help me decide!

I have houseguests coming today! My friend Angie is coming to visit from Virginia and we have fun plans that include pedicures, shopping, and booze. You know, fun girly stuff! She’s also the most fashionable person I know so she’s going to attempt to help me dress myself.

Last nights shopping excursion yielded a dressing room full of blah, one outfit that my husband said made me look like a granny, cargo pants in a smaller size than I’m used to that fit (hallelujah!) but that were a good 4 inches too short on my amazon legs, and the frustrated purchase of a black tank (black is so obviously every fat girls color) and a light springy cardigan.

Fashion rut. I need cute skirts or dresses or something.

Tomorrow is weigh in and that scale will NOT show a gain. If it does, I’m smashing it Jack Shit style.

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9 Responses to Hot Yoga or Pure Barre first?

  1. Caryn says:

    oooo, try the barre class, sounds fun!

  2. Emily says:

    I’ve done Hot Yoga and LOVED it. It was my first yoga experience and I’d go back in a heartbeat if I could afford it (it’s damn expensive here).

    There’s just something so amazing about sitting in a 110 degree room for 60 minutes. And cleansing too.

    Just make sure you drink TONS of water – when I went, I froze a liter of water and brought another ice cold liter. The first one thaws while you drink the other. :)

    Can’t wait to read about both classes!

  3. Hmm… I recently tried hot yoga and didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. Pure Barr sounds awesome, but if you do it, you HAVE to wear ballet shoes. Be a trend setter!

  4. Cindy says:

    Just found your blog and love it! So I get to vote and I vote for Hot Yoga because we have nothing like that in this part of Indiana so I want to hear all about and live it through you!!

  5. barbie says:

    i just found this! but i love pure barre!! bad part – you have to go A LOT to really see results.

  6. sayanything says:

    Just found this, I know I am late. I do both. I do the Bikram twice a week and Pure Barre three times a week. I took the PB classes but found that the DVDs are a little better. You can get everything you need for less than 60 dollars just to start and buy DVDs on Amazon as you get deeper into your practice. Quite honestly, I found that both work outs really compliment each other. After 6 weeks of doing both I have seen tremendous results. Hope this helps.

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