Yoga: Take Two

Man oh man.

I am so glad I tried hot yoga again. SO glad.

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Do you see that?

That’s a post hot yoga, red-faced, I-just-had-sweat-practically-burning-my-eyes smile.

A smile!

I’ve taken a decent amount of yoga classes throughout the years, but most (okay, all but one) have been at a local gym. From what I’ve been told, the yoga classes offered at many gyms are quite a bit different than the yoga classes you might experience in a yoga studio.

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Of course this isn’t always the case, as many people who teach yoga at a studio also teach at local gyms, but this notion always scared me away from taking yoga in a studio environment.

I didn’t think my abilities were on par with those who really practice yoga, despite being told that yoga is all about going at your own pace and making each practice your own. That’s all fine and wonderful, but if everyone else is in a handstand and I’m in the fetal position on my mat, I’m gonna feel a little demoralized.

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Well, the one time I got up the guts to go to a real studio, I had a pretty horrific experience that left me feeling embarrassed and totally out of my element.

Those who love yoga urged me to try another studio.

Try again.

I am so, so glad I did because today’s experience was 10 million times better.

The instructor was aware of which poses might test the class participants a bit and offered alternatives to make things easier which I appreciated since flexibility isn’t exactly my strong suit. She was kind, introspective, athletic and encouraging.

I will definitely go again!

Lunch

After yoga, my appetite was practically non-existent. Friends who usually practice hot yoga, is this normal? I though I’d be ravenous after class, but I really wasn’t.

My mid-morning snack was larger than usual since I knew I had a sweaty workout ahead of me, but I was still surprised!

Since I wasn’t about to eat my arm when I arrived home, I took some time to prepare a batch of overnight oats for lunch… only they were not-so-overnight overnight oats. More like 30-minute overnight oats.

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I let my mixture of one cup of strawberry banana Greek yogurt, oats, chia seeds and milk soak for about 30 minutes before digging in.

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They weren’t as thick and soft as overnight oats, but they were still tasty!

I also ended up stirring in a chopped banana at the last minute when I remembered that we still had a few bananas in the pantry that weren’t quite brown and spotted enough to be make it into we-must-freeze-them-now territory.

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After snapping this picture, I wondered to myself whether or not most people actually eat a banana like that? Straight out of the peel?

I always peel the banana, break off the little nubbins on both ends (they’re weird!) and take away all of those weird stringy bits before eating it. I’m pretty sure I’ve never eaten one straight out of the peel!

Back to work for a few more hours. And I should probably shower at some point. Probably.

Comments

  1. says

    I’m so glad you had a positive yoga experience! I really believe yoga is for everyone… it’s just that not every kind of yoga, nor instructor, nor studio is a good fit for everyone :)

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  2. says

    Hahaha I eat my bananas straight out of the peel always! I peel away the stringy things as I go. Glad you enjoyed your second round of hot yoga! I love it. Always feel so detoxified after it is over!

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  3. Meredith says

    I practice hot yoga basically every day, and I’m usually famished after I take class. Although there’s some times when the class is especially intense that I basically have no appetite after. Sometimes I think the famished feeling is actually just thirst though, since you sweat SO much.

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  4. Jen says

    I almost always eat a banana straight out of the peel! Especially at work where I don’t really have the time to eat it any other way. That’s why I love bananas as an easy, on-the-go snack!
    Although, I always peel the stringy parts off before taking a bite. Ewww.

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  5. Kt says

    You look so cute in that picture, makes me want to go to hot yoga! Also, you kind of blew my mind with the banana question – doesn’t everyone eat bananas straight out of the peel?!? I’m bananas for bananas, so I would never take the time to cut off the ends or anything like that. To each their own :)

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  6. Julie says

    I love my local yoga studio so much more than gym yoga classes. The instructors make a world of difference! And yes, I eat the banana from the peel, skipping the nubbins.

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  7. says

    Glad to hear you enjoyed yoga so much! I should really try hot yoga sometime, even though it kinda scares me – I’ve heard so many great things about it.

    I was just thinking today about how much I love bananas because they’re so versatile! I really think they taste different if you eat it straight out of the peel – preferably with nut butter slathered on top :) – or sliced up with other fruit, or on top of cereal and milk, etc. Not to mention when they’re frozen or smashed up and added to things. Amazing!

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  8. says

    I eat a banana straight out of the peel but I am not sure if you have ever notice that a banana splits 3 ways so I usually break off a piece of the 1/3 and go around in a circle until I finish the banana, its hard to explain haha!

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  9. says

    I recently had a bad experience with a beginner yoga workshop – the instructor even told us that just because we don’t like her class doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try it again, so maybe I should. I always eat my banana in the peel, but I cut off the top part first and get rid of the strings (and obviously don’t eat the other end either!).

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  10. says

    Ha, how funny! I always eat my banana straight out of the peel–usually it’s my pre-gym fuel, so it’s on the go. Sometimes I’ll slice it up and eat it with pb, but that’s rare.

    I’m so glad you tried yoga again! I take a class through work with a bunch of coworkers, and we’re in a private studio with our instructor–definitely a lot less intimidating when you know all the people in the class, too. :)

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  11. says

    I’m so glad you liked hot yoga! I don’t do it a lot but I enjoy it, it’s a great way to mix up my routine and it’s relaxing! I used to eat bananas out of the peel, but now I break off pieces and eat them. I also like to break them up into the 3rds they naturally break into length-wise. So weird.

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  12. says

    I LOVE hot yoga… I was the same, I had taken a yoga class in college which was so boring and it pushed me away from trying a studio. Until my friend raved about it… it rocked and I was a big sweaty mess at the end! And no, I just wanted an ice coffee by time I got home to be honest.

    And on a side note, you’re not weird! That’s how I eat my bananas! I always thought that was normal and the way everyone did it?

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  13. says

    I love hot yoga, but sadly do not get there enough. It is a 90 minute class and you have to be there 30 mins early, and I don’t have 2 hours in most of my days to devote to working out, usually an hour is the max! That and the $20/time price tag too affordable. But I still love it when I can go!

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  14. says

    hmm.. when I used to do yoga regularly by the time I got home it would be 7:30pm I would be starving! But that could due to being the end of the day..I sure do miss taking regular yoga classes in studio but all the ones locally jumped on the heated studio bandwagon and it’s too much for my lungs. Crazy to think I did Bikram for a few months! Glad you enjoyed this yoga sesh. I love yoga, I practice Ashtanga regularly in my home gym (only after praticing in a studio for two years). I think yoga is good for the soul. PS, I eat my banana straight out of the peel 90% of the time :)

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  15. says

    Yay for a great hot yoga experience! I find that it’s all about the instructor…they really make or break it. If you find one you really like be prepared to get totally addicted! I find that I’m not very hungry immediately after class due to the heat, but eventually the hunger (and thirst!) sets in.

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  16. Meghan says

    I eat them out of the peel usually haha, what a funny question! Also, just wondering if what you took was bikram/ if you have any tips from one beginner to another? I am taking my first bikram class on Saturday!

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  17. M says

    I’m pretty sure there are millions, if not billions, of people all around the world who eat bananas right out of the peel. Have you really never seen someone eat a banana that way?! I’m shocked that you find this odd.

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  18. Ashley says

    My husband swears you are supposed to peel a banana from the end without the little stem. He peels it from the other side, because he says “that’s how monkeys do it”! :)

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  19. says

    I practice hot yoga several times a week and I think my body is used to it at this point so I don’t notice a big difference in my hunger levels. When I first started, I wouldn’t be hungry right away but an hour or so later I’d usually want to eat everything in sight. Glad you gave it another try. I avoided yoga for a long time because I thought it was boring. Once I found the right studio, I did a total 180 and now I even teach a few times a week.

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  20. says

    SO glad you enjoyed the hot yoga, julie! it makes me feel so refreshed and rejuvinated (when i am enjoying the class. otherwise i feel like death).

    i rarely just eat a banana by itself. i almost always have one every morning chopped in my steamin’ bowl of oats, or broken into chunks & blended into a smoothie. bananas are my breakfast fruit! 😛

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  21. says

    I’m so glad you had a good experience! My fave is Moksha yoga, and since I started that, other types just don’t compare! As for the nanners, I pretty much always eat them frozen but if not, I don’t mind eating them out of the peel, especially if I’m driving. Absolutely can.not.stand the end nubbin though!

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  22. says

    Glad this experience was better than your last!! When you say ‘hot yoga’ you’re not referring to Bikram Yoga, are you? What I like about Bikram is, once you’ve done one class, you always know what to expect as the positions never change. Plus, you can actually work on positions this way and feel like you are making some progression! (I’m horribly unflexible too). And NO partner work. Gross, I do not want to touch other people, especially their bare feet lol.

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  23. says

    Two of my favorite things in a post- yoga + a vizsla! I’m usually not hungry after working out (especially when I am hot). Maybe just try a little cool snack- apples or a smoothie? Then a more substantial snack latter. Glad you tried yoga again- i’ve found being at a studio is such a different experience, especially with all the coaching/guiding & inspirational/encouragement you get in that type of environment.

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  24. Jen says

    Did you know that if you eat a banana like a monkey, you don’t get those stringy bits?

    I hate those stringies too, so I was super happy when I found out how to properly eat a banana.

    Here it is: open it from the other end.

    That’s it – that simple! If you open it from the ‘bottom’ instead of the stem end, it’s easier to open and also you don’t get the stringies.

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  25. says

    I’m glad you tried hot yoga again! I loved it in college (especially because of the student discount) but I haven’t found a studio I like now that I’m home. You’ve inspired me to start looking a little harder!

    I feel like an outcast when it comes to most food blogs… Dare I say… I STRONGLY dislike bananas. They totally gross me out. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. Such a shame, because they are so portable and Ive heard how good for you they are. I just cannot muster up the courage to try them again. No. Thank. You.

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  26. says

    Definitely trying Jen’s trick ^^^ never heard of that before!

    Also glad for your good review, I’m excited for my experience now!

    How are the chia seeds in oatmeal? I just bought some for the first time and poured way too many on a salad and ended up hating the whole salad. Guess I need to start slow and work my way up to bigger amounts lol.

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  27. Geneva says

    I don’t like eating the end nubs either, but I don’t mind them in smoothies I guess cause I can’t see them and all their weirdness haha. So I always break off the ends and put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer and whenever I make a smoothie I just dump a few into the mix.

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  28. says

    My white Lab gets the banana bookends every morning-I don’t like to eat the tips.
    I’ve wanted to try hot yoga–I may just try turning up the heat in my condo while doing a power yoga dvd :)

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  29. says

    Good for you for going back!
    I am dying to try hot yoga. I always love how deep I can get into stretches just when it’s hotter in the room that I’m practicing yoga in, so I’m sure I would LOOOVE “real” hot yoga!
    And I love that yoga high..

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  30. says

    YAH for a good yoga experience! I felt so shaky and tired after my first hot yoga (and got pretty sick the next day), but I’m pretty sure it’s because I did not drink enough water (I have a small bladder), and it was getting all those toxins out!

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  31. Allison says

    Thats how I eat my bananas too! Only I don’t bite down on the banana…I have to break each piece off with my fingers and eating it that way. Biting on the actually banana just feels like I am doing something dirty or wrong. I know I have the mind of a 15-year-old boy 😉

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  32. says

    If I’m going to eat just a banana, I eat it straight out of the peel! Or if I’m eating it with peanut butter I’ll take the peel off and put it on a plate, but it takes a lot of time to take the stringy-thingys off. Lol

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  33. Caroline says

    I eat a banana straight out of the peel almost every morning! That way is just so quick and easy!

    I’m glad you enjoyed the hot yoga class. I’ve wanted to get into yoga for a while, but I just feel like I don’t get much of a workout when I do it-maybe hot yoga would be different!

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  34. Caitlin says

    I always eat my bananas straight out of the peel and I eat the top end, but not the bottom. But usually I break off pieces because otherwise I feel dirty lol

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  35. says

    well, people eat apples without cutting them first, right? its not weird to eat a banana in a peel. thats how people mostly transport em and eat them on the go, no?!

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  36. says

    YAY! Glad you didn’t give up on yoga! Was it a Bikram Class? or hot Vinyasa? :)
    I started teaching yoga because of a horrible experience I had at hot yoga, so I know how you feel!
    When people say “Oh i tried yoga, I didn’t like it” Thats like saying “Oh I tried a salad once, I didn’t like it”
    There are so many versions and variations and studios and you have to find what works for you :)

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  37. says

    I take hot yoga every week, and I am never hungry afterward either. All I want is water! And as for bananas – I’m with you, no nubs or strings. But my dad eats them straight out of the peel every morning…even when they’re seriously black. Blech! :)

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  38. says

    man you’re weird! lol just joking. Before I found out i was allergic to bananas, when i ate them i just ate them out of the peel, i did however usually discarded the little nub ontop.

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  39. Debbie says

    This post was such a pleasure to read Julie, not just because of the topics, but because it is very well written. Your happiness and ethusiasim comes through your words. Love it!

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  40. Jules says

    I practice Bikram yoga a few times a week. Sometimes I would have no appetite after class – especially in the beginning when I was getting back into it, or if I’m having an off day (sick or crampy). A lot of times I leave class craving 1 particular item – for instance JUST plain apple sauce or sauteed spinach! I’ve been known to kill an entire bag of spinach post Bikram. :)

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  41. Liz says

    If I’m eating a plain banana, it’s always straight from the peel. However, I usually eat them with natural PB (the salty PB helps cut the sweetness), so it’s often out of the peel. :)

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  42. Morgan says

    I’m so glad to hear that your hot yoga went amazing! :DD

    also, I eat the banana out of the peel all the time. maybe I’m a weirdo haha I thought everyone did!

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  43. says

    I definitely never eat a banana like that straight up…those stringy bits are kinda ick! Although you know what they say, if that is your preferred method of eating it, don’t make eye contact ;)!

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  44. says

    I only eat them straight out of the peel when I’m somewhere far away from a sink. I hate banana mush on my hands so I like to be able to have a place to rinse it off. Yum, bananas!

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  45. Janice says

    Your banana question confused me, I thought everybody eats it out of the peel. How do you hold a banana otherwise.. Don’t your hands get dirty? I work at a desk all day so I can’t imagine taking the time to put it on a plate or using utensils.

    If I’m extra hungry, I use one hand to use a plastic knife and spread a little almond butter onto the banana before each bite. That’s the part I think I’m probably weird for.

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  46. Anne says

    So glad you tried another studio! I’ve gone on a crazy groupon-ing circuit with hot yoga, and I’ve loved more studios way more than others–one I only went to one class with because I hated their routine. I tend to like classes that have more of a vinyasa flow to them!

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  47. says

    So glad you had a better experience with yoga! I love yoga & it makes me feel oh so good! I went to a yoga class last night that I was feeling a little intimidated about but it turned out so awesome! Glad you did it!

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  48. says

    Have you seen the video of how to REALLY open a banana? They don’t open it by the stem, but by the bottom of the other side hah. Youtube it! It’s so cool :) I’m never turning back.

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