Throwing Shade

Sweating for namaste: Hot yoga in Gulfport a unique experience

Justin Mitchell

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Justin Mitchell participates in hot yoga at Planet Beach in Gulfport
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Justin Mitchell participates in hot yoga at Planet Beach in Gulfport

There is no air conditioner at Crossfit. And complaining isn't allowed, either.

When I go to a class on my lunch break at work, I typically bring another outfit to change into because I'm so sweaty after the workout.

It doesn't matter if it's July or December -- I'm still gonna be sweaty when I leave the "box," and I keep a towel on my seat often if I forget to bring a fresh change of clothes.

So when I took an assignment to try the new Hot Box Detox technology at Planet Beach in Gulfport, I knew a 30-minute hot yoga session would be a breeze. How hard could it be?

Spoiler alert: I wasn't ready.

I drank a couple of bottles of water and arrived at Planet Beach fifteen minutes early. I learned that the Hot Box would be set at 120 degrees. 

Again, I wasn't ready.  I went into my class with two other people, and the stretching began. I remembered to breathe and followed the virtual instructor as best as I could.

The stretches were challenging but phenomenal.  My workout comrades were hilarious. And my towel was wet. 

I sweat like no other during that half an hour. When I walked into the lobby of Planet Beach, I was dripping everywhere.  I took a moment to collect myself, dry off and change.  And I felt awesome. My body felt good, and I felt pretty flexible.  That never happens.  I'll be giving hot yoga a spin again in a few weeks, and I encourage you to try it.

Coming Sunday: All the details about Hot Box Yoga in print and online at SunHerald.com

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