CuseFIT is a series of posts created to highlight fitness classes and group offerings in and around Syracuse, NY. It is designed to give you my impressions and tips as a first timer at various classes. Catch up on all parts Santo Functional Fitness, Method 360.
Part three of Cusefit found me at the Auburn YMCA located on Williams Street in Auburn, NY. In full disclosure I work for the YMCA at a sister location. Even though my Y membership is good at all CNY locations (did you know that? If not it’s a HUGE perk for those who work near a location and live near another!) For the 2013 series I took a Chizzle class at this same location.
Truth be told, I don’t make it over to the Auburn location as often as I should. It’s always a goal of mine then time and life gets in the way and I end up at my home location.
The weather, this winter has been down right brutal. Subzero temps for weeks on end coupled with never-ending blast of wind and snow. The cold has been a motivating factor in finding workouts that will warm my bones and soul.
Hot Yoga sounded like the perfect way to beat the winter chill while giving my body a little stretch. I hadn’t yet tried out the Hot Yoga class at the Auburn Y. So this truly was a first timer experience for me. They started offering these classes in the summer. They always were on my radar but I had yet to pull the trigger and attend.
I couldn’t have picked a more perfect practice. Samantha the instructors focus was on releasing tension from the shoulders. It was a near perfect practice for me. My shoulders and arms have been one place that I’ve been struggling to relax. I can feel it when I’m teaching cycling and my shoulders are finding my ears Wayyyy more often than they should be.
I arrived a few minutes early, and had NO idea where I was going. I hadn’t yet been to the studio room. A wonderful lady who was also signing in took me to the room! I settled in and found a comfy place on the floor of the studio. It was a small room that was already pretty warm when I arrived. The lighting wasn’t the best so these photos aren’t as clear as I would like them, so bear with me.
The heat was dry but it felt so good compared to the freezing temps outside that I couldn’t even complain about it.
Trying to maximise my time I came right from another workout class and tried to dress in a way that would function for both classes. I chose my polka dot running tights and loose aqua tank both are from Mariksa. It was an OK choice. The running tights are lined for outdoor running and I thought would keep me even warmer in hot yoga. It may have worked a little too well 😉 Regular ole’ tights would have worked better.
Samantha did a great job with my less than amazing yoga skills. Throughout the practice she offered step ups for different posses as well as steps downs. When it comes to shoulder and arm poses I took a lot of those steps downs. I loved the opening of the chest. I seriously needed it. The hour flew by. Near the end of class we completed a few dancer poses. Although mine were far from graceful, the poses were welcomed.
I really enjoyed this hour-long yoga class. It was challenging yet at no point did I feel like I can’t do this. I’m not a regular Yogi I practice much more often than I ever did in the past but I have a long way to go in balance and flexibility. I might have suggested a humidifier with the heat so it’s less arid in the class. But that was really my only offer for improvement. If you are looking for a way to get in a great workout and beat the cold I would highly suggest this yoga class. Namaste.
Auburn Family YMCA, Auburn NY
- Memberships: Various, visit their website for information. Huge perk of Membership, CNY memberships are reciprocal meaning you can use your membership at other participating YMCA locations! They also offer scholarships and assistance programs to those in need.
- They offer a variety of class types and times. Parents they also offer childwatch hours!
What to Bring
- Bottle of water
- A towel, you will get sweaty.
- A yoga mat
What to Wear
- I would suggest capris with a comfortable top. Guys shorts and t-shirt.
What to expect
- A tranquil practice that works your entire body, in a heated area.
- A release of toxins and stress.