Guest Blogger, Dan is back from his travels and back in the hot room…
Forgive me for I have sinned, it has been quite a while since last we spoke.
In that time I’ve been on three continents, across the date line a couple of times and slept on too many beds, couches, vans, chairs, floors, boats and planes to mention. Maybe a few beaches too, soz. There were positives and negatives to all of this.
I’ll get to the negatives later, the positives were a great trip, with great company, in some truly wonderful locations and a boss tan. Oh yes the tan, Downward Facing Fatboy doesn’t make it to sunny climes, or y’know daylight much. So after a month on tropical beaches practicing my favourite of all Yoga poses, Unconscious Bear, I was a few shades darker than normal without the smell of biscuits normally associated with “Scouse” and “tan”. It was a very healthy looking DFF who returned to the hot room. I discussed “prolonging” the healthy look via St Tropez with my very own Fairy Yogamother, her advice was “Do it! Start a trend!”, I think her real intention was to laugh at me getting volleyed round the Bierkeller for having a spray tan as opposed to starting a Scouse lad spray tan revolution.
The return to the hot room is what highlighted the negatives of my trip, sleeping in a variety of positions, some less appropriate than others, meant that I sounded like a fresh bowl of Rice Krispies throughout the first lesson, I snapped in alligator, crackled in cobra and popped in down dog. It felt great!! As always I came out of the class feeling refreshed with the added advantage of a loose relaxed feeling to my joints and back, the perfect remedy to 25 hours on a plane and a stag weekend in Berlin. I really didn’t realise how much tension had built up and time spent in the hot room was and is a great release.
Due to a change in circumstances I couldn’t come to Hot Pilates and following some discussions with Fairy Yogamother, she suggested I try Hot Fusion. A great extension to the blog and to my yoga-ness, we thought.
How different could it be? VERY, thats how different. From now attending a couple of Fusion classes it has become quite clear that Pilates has a lot more cardio work about it compared to Fusion and there is more repetition in Pilates with more positions. To my untrained eye it feels like each Pilates class has between 15 and twenty positions often with increasing levels of difficulty within each position. Fusion combines elements of Pilates, along with Yoga and Body Sculpture into fewer positions, with more focus on staying in position for longer periods than in Pilates. For me this is very difficult, but still feels good afterwards.
I would recommend it to all looking for a different experience to Pilates. One day I hope to make it to a Yoga class with the Fairy herself, but there’s plenty of time for that. Gotta get good at Fusion first. Table top before you Mountain Climber DFF, baby steps.
Read Dan’s previous blog here.
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