I’m on a bit of a fitness kick at the moment, and as part of this I have made it my mission to try out different types of exercise to see what really sparks that magic with me that makes me keep doing it on a regular basis without it feeling like torture. One of the types of exercise that’s been on my list of ‘must try’ is Bikram Yoga – there’s something about the heat/stretching combination that really appeals to me. As I mentioned in my #TheFitCrowd post, I did think I was being a tad naive with the whole ‘warm’ idea…
I can safely say that I was wrong, because as part of a challenge set to me by the folks at Vaseline, I have been trying out some Bikram Yoga sessions at the newly opened Yoga Haven in Islington…I will be doing a further update soon, but as a first impressions update…
The challenge set to me is to try out some Bikram Yoga sessions and use the Vaseline Aloe range along side this – as a range known for refreshing and cooling at the same time as popping a load of skin-loving moisture in! I’m actually a big fan of the Vaseline Aloe Hydrating Gel (I first reviewed it way back in 2009) so happily took on the challenge as I really wanted to see how I got on with Bikram Yoga and had a sneaky suspicion that the Aloe Range would be an ideal combo for a post-sweat (and shower, of course) refresher!
On first impressions, I love the Aloe Gel just as much as I did back when I first tried it. I wrote then how the light, cooling gel is an ideal sun burn soother – and totally stand by this. It is really cooling and refreshing and think it will be ideal in the warmer months as the gel gives a longer lasting cooler effect.
The lotion on the other hand is the ideal combination of moisture refreshing and that little bit richer than the gel so perfect for now when it’s still far too chilly for my liking. In the second post I will include some swatch images for each of the products in the range to give you an idea of each of the textures.
I’ve also included the video from Yoga Haven – this is from the Clapham branch but I thought it would give a good idea of how the sessions work. Let me tell you what doesn’t come across from the video though…. the heat! It’s hard to imagine until you’re there, it takes quite a lot to make me sweat and this left me dripping. It also leaves me feeling a bit short of breath – you know when you’re on holiday and it’s really hot and you just feel exhausted? That’s pretty much it. The thing I like about the classes so far is that they let you take it at your own pace, it’s hard work but if you need a breather you can chill a little whilst you catch back up.
This post is a little intro to my challenge and my first impressions of the products. I’ll be updating again once I have had chance to do a few more classes and really get into the whole Bikram world! Oh, and if you’re really lucky the next update might even feature a picture of me looking gross and sweaty post-session to try and get across what I mean by hot!
If you have tried Bikram then let me know what you thought and if you have any tips!
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