Thoughts: I chose this class knowing my other classes last week were going to be intense. I was hoping this would be a nice, soothing class to stretch out my sore muscles and it did not disappoint! I was unaware when signing up, but this class was also a hot yoga experience. I have grown to really enjoy that aspect of the yoga classes I have taken, because I can appreciate clearing the toxins from my skin and body as I balance and meditate as well as clear the toxins from my mind and soul. I loved the slowed down pace of this class and the focus on meditation. Our instructor Nelly was amazing and really helped us all let go of the stress of the day and focus on our bodies. I enjoy yoga more and more for not only its exercise, but for its therapeutic properties as well. This was by far the most meditative yoga class I have taken thus far, and I really respected that aspect of it. Besides meditation, we focused a lot on balancing poses for longer periods of times, and gentle intermediate movements. Please don’t judge me, but I wore my Lululemon Skinny Will Pant for the second day in a row. I just love the feel of the Full On Luon fabric and it really helped to add to my relaxation during my yoga class. The fabric is also nice and stretchy, making it perfect for more challenging poses. I also sported my Lululemon All Sport Bra, which helped hold the girls in while I flowed into each movement. This spiritual yoga experience ended with a short stress relieving aromatherapy massage that kept me calm and centered for the rest of the night. It was the perfect way to refresh my body mid-week. Nelly is going to be in Mexico for the next two weeks, so I am anxious for her return so I can attend this class with her again.
Thoughts: Oh boy, was this class a challenge! I have never before taken a spinning class, so I was expecting it to be difficult, but this one literally kicked my butt! Although my Lululemon High Times pants were great at wicking sweat and nicely compressed my muscles while I worked them, I was bruised from the bicycle seat for about four days after this class. I definitely recommend wearing special padded cycling shorts or pants if you are new to spinning like I am. Believe me, your butt will thank you! The instructor, Kelsey, was full of life! I loved how into the moves and the music she was, because it took my concentration off of how badly my thighs were aching! She was constantly dancing to the beat and performed every exercise with us, encouraging us to push it to ourselves to our limits. I really appreciate when instructors lead by example, because then I feel like I know the correct form and speed of each exercise much better than if they were just calling it out. This class incorporated different moves on the stationary bike, inclines, and weights to work our arms as well. When you think of spinning, it tends to be more of a cardio and leg workout, so I loved how using the weights transformed it into a total body experience. The music was loud and fun, and the whole class was done in candlelight. I was thanking my lucky stars it was only 45 minutes, because I’m pretty sure I would have passed out from exhaustion if it lasted one second longer! Besides my trusty High Times Pant, I also sported my Lululemon Just Breath Tank. I loved this top for cycling because it was not clingy on my mid-section, which is nice when you are seated during the exercises. It also kept me cool during my workout and allowed me to move my arms freely during the weighted exercises. I am eager to try out this class again, especially because my friend Katie from the Northpark Lululemon is also an instructor at BEYOND. I am hoping to take her class ASAP!!