I’ve been taking classes at the Yoga to the People studio near St. Mark’s Place for a few months and just recently tried their hot yoga studio in midtown. The style of yoga at the midtown location is Vinyasa (i.e. Flow) yoga which is faster paced and a bit more vigorous than some other types of yoga. However, it is not Bikram which is a specific style of yoga named after its founder – Bikram Choudhury. Anyway, the class was similar to the other YTTP classes that I’ve taken except that the studio was heated to 105 degrees and it was SWEATY! I normally don’t sweat very much. In fact, I’ve been known to go for a lunchtime run and not need to shower before coming back to the office, so this hot and sweaty experience was definitely new for me. However, I can honestly say that I really liked it! I felt like I was sweating out all of the day’s stressors and toxins. And the moves really helped loosen up my legs – my IT band has really been bothering me lately. Afterwards, I was a sweaty mess and the next day my arms and shoulders were sore from all of the chaturangas (push-ups). But it was fun! Since classes are only $5 – I think I’m going to make this class a regular part of my after work routine :-)
When I got home from class last night, I was feeling dehydrated, so I whipped up my first Angela-inspired Green Monster. Nate was totally grossed out by this and I’m sure if Joe reads this he will be appalled, but I swear it was delicious! I blended up 1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk with 6 ice cubes and then I added 1/2 banana, 3 huge strawberries, 2 handfuls of spinach, and about a Tablespoon of almond butter. I blended the mixture until smooth and drank the whole overflowing glass. Yum! I couldn’t really detect the spinach – the smoothie just tasted like strawberries, bananas, and soymilk.
And then I toasted up two slices of sprouted wheat bread and slathered them with almond butter and homemade peach jam. The jam was full of large peach pieces and the almond butter got all melty on the hot toast. Oh my goodness, this was perhaps the best meal I’ve had all week. I’m serious!