Day 12 – Loving Hot Yoga

I have always loved yoga.  When we lived in Arizona I did Hot Yoga a few times, but honestly walking outside in the summer meant that you could do yoga outside and essentially be doing hot yoga.  I love it for the sweat because I LOVE TO SWEAT and there is no doubt I have the ability to sweat like a pig.  I didn’t like the hot yoga studio I went to in Phoenix, so I nixed it and decided to keep to my ritual yoga on Sunday nights: Candlelight Flow with Johanna! (There is an earlier blog about her – an amazing instructor who now lives in Missouri)  Her candlelight class caused me to sweat as much as the hot yoga and there was something about her practice that enlisted every emotional connection I had to give.  Clorinda started taking hot yoga, here in Calgary, a couple months ago.  It’s quite funny because when I took Clorinda to hot yoga in Ontario she vowed she would never do it again and only made it through 30% of the class.  I think she has done like 15 classes since… (Go Clorinda!) I started doing hot yoga over a week ago and this is the perfect place to do hot yoga: cold outside, hot inside.  It’s the only thing that really makes me sweat bullets… Aww…  I love that way it makes me feel after the push into that pose that I am eager and determined to master. (Now during, is less to be desired, as I felt like I was going to vomit today during one pose) I went farther in my poses today and this was my 4th class with Hot Yoga on 17th.  The instructors are very friendly and I always inform them I have RA, so they understand why I might stop certain poses.  Honestly, the past couple classes, the instructors have come to me after and said “wow, I couldn’t even tell you have RA – good work.”  That’s so uplifting, because honestly sometimes I feel like a goof.  I am adding hot yoga into my gym routine, but will also still continue our 108 sun salutations as soon as my wrist is feeling better.  If you haven’t tried hot yoga, may I challenge you to try? We all have the ability to try, so as NIKE would say, “Just do it!”

Today I ate the following:

Breakfast: Hot cereal with apples

Mid Morning: Pecans & Coconut Lara Bar

Lunch: Soba Noodles with spinach, kale, broccoli, and sweet potatoes

Mid Afternoon: cucumbers

Dinner: Mexican rice and black beans with avocado, salsa, and onions

After Dinner Snack: (I haven’t had this yet) Maybe popcorn

1. How do you feel today (overall) compared to yesterday? I feel great today.  I woke up late and didn’t get my morning workout in like I had planned.

2. Has anything changed with your symptoms that you may have not wrote about the day before? No, I think things are doing very well.

3. Are you feeling hungry at anytime during the day? No, but I am right now, so I might have to have a snack – maybe some popcorn.  We pop it fresh by the way!  None of the microwave stuff

4. What was your workout today?  Hot Yoga

5. When did you workout and how was your energy during the workout? 6 PM and my energy was good.

6. How did your energy do throughout the day? Good, I had a very productive day at work

7. How many hours of sleep did you get last night? 7.5

8. As it relates to your health, here is a list of areas that have caused some issues over the past 6 months. Please provide a brief update of each: Rating scale 1-10 (1 being no pain and 10 being the worst)

Left wrist pain:  About a 3

Right pointer finger joint: About a 2

Thumbs: About a 1

Right Hip: About a 1

Face/Skin: Not perfect, but I am hopeful.


One thing I didn’t mention about my practice today was that during the hot yoga my wrist felt some quick pain when I tried to reach for my ankles, however since then it feels better.  It was almost as if I had self induced traction that helped relieve some of the pain.  Let’s hope it continues.

Make it Count by Trying Hot Yoga!

Ashley Stevenson