That Yoga Glow

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 19, 2011

For whatever reason, Mother Nature has given Southern Ontario (and places nearby) a very wet Spring!  Are you in one of those rainy areas too?

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My umbrella gets lots of use lately. ;)

We’ve had steady rain for the past 5 days and there is more rain due for 3 out of 5 days in the week ahead.

Despite this weather, the rain doesn’t really bother me as much lately, which is pretty strange because I tend to always feel a dip in my mood when it rains.


Today, I realized that I have yoga to thank for my improved mood!

I started going to Moksha’s hot yoga classes on May 7th and I fell in love with it (read all about my first class here). I’ve been to about 11 classes now and I just can’t get enough. I’m really getting my money’s worth with my unlimited $40 intro monthly pass! I really wish I had tried this ages ago. I also think it would have helped me beat my Winter blues too.

“Moksha Hot Yoga was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2004 by yoga teachers Ted Grant and Jessica Robertson. Though a relative newcomer, Moksha has quickly gained popularity as over 30 affiliated studios have since opened worldwide, including in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, and the Caribbean. The Moksha method is a set series of about 40 poses done in a hot room. Moksha has strict "green" standards for keeping their studios environmentally friendly, including using sustainable building materials and natural cleansers. They are also committed to offering weekly low-cost classes with the money donated to locate charities and karma yoga opportunities to keep yoga classes more accessible.” [source]


From time to time, I wonder where the inflexible girl who hated yoga DVDs disappeared to. Well, I’m still here, but now I’ve found a style of yoga that clicks with me. And I’m so grateful that I have because I always felt like there was a missing piece to my fitness puzzle.

Like with most things, I don’t think hot yoga is for everyone (in fact, if you have health problems, such as a heart condition, it’s advised you do not take part), but I’m more convinced that there is a style of yoga that almost anyone can enjoy. You just have to find the right style that meshes with your personality and do what works for you.

The word Moksha means ‘Freedom’, which is exactly how I’ve been feeling lately. Freedom from anxiety, busy thoughts, tight muscles, and day-to-day ‘noise’.

Moksha Characteristics:

  • Poses are traditional asanas (I heard there are about 40 yoga positions used)
  • You are encouraged to set an intention (in your mind) at start of class
  • Emphasis is on deep breathing, enhancing flexibility, and balance
  • Breath-synchronized movements – the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.
  • Several classes are offered: Moksha, Moksha Flow, Flow, and LYM.
  • Classes range from 60-90 minutes (75 min is my sweet spot!)
  • The pace is quick and heart rate is elevated throughout class
  • Room is heated to 37 Celsius
  • Instructors will often do gentle adjustments, if its ok with you (personally I appreciate occasional adjustments because they help me find proper form)
  • Instructors have the flexibility to slightly adapt each class, so no class is the same
  • Friendly to beginners (trust me on this one!)
  • Savasana (lying flat on the mat and focusing on breath) occurs at the start of class, middle class, and at the very end.
  • There are a couple minutes of intense ab work during the floor series.
  • It is a great workout if you want it to be and you push yourself. My muscles are often sore after classes!



After just 11 classes, I’ve noticed an improvement in my focus, muscle tone, breathing, flexibility, posture, and balance. I feel strong, aware, peaceful, and happier than I have in a long time. Eric tells me that my skin feels incredibly soft, which is an added bonus from all that salty sweat exfoliating the skin. I also love the class atmosphere…the energy from the room is really contagious and a yoga DVD just can’t compare in my mind.

Even though I love hot yoga, I won’t be giving up cardio anytime soon (I’ve still been sticking with running/walking/elliptical about 5 days a week), but I feel like they compliment each other perfectly.


What I like to eat beforehand:

I’ve been experimenting with different foods before classes to find what works best for me. For my first class, I had a freshly made juice, but the juice was not enough energy for me to sustain a class and I felt very weak. I also tried various full-sized breakfasts with mixed results, sometimes feeling too full during class.

Lately, what works for me is eating 1 large banana and drinking 1 glass of V8 juice about 40 minutes before a class. Each time I have this snack, I have no weakness during class. I also make sure to drink lots of water before (starting the day before), during, and after class. It’s important to find that sweet spot where you aren’t too full, but you still have lots of energy for the class. If I take a long 90 minute class, I often have a medjool date or two in addition to this snack.


What I like to eat afterwards:

I crave water-based foods like vegetables, fruit, and big salads following a hot yoga class. Lately, I’ve been craving Green Monsters (made with coconut water for electrolytes), salads, veggie & hummus plates, Ezekiel bread/crackers, and Gazpacho.


I’m also newly obsessed with Nature’s Path Kamut Puff cereal thanks to Ange. I’ve been enjoying it with almond milk, ABU, fruit, and a bit of cinnamon. Cold and refreshing.


What I bring to class:

  • Reusable tote bag for carrying belongings
  • Align Ultra Lululemon yoga mat (I’m not really a fan of this mat because it is slippy! Anyone recommend any good non-slip mats?)
  • 1 large bath towel (to place on mat)
  • 1 small face towel (to wipe sweat)
  • Sigg water bottle
  • Keys, license, $20, yoga pass card
  • Zip up jacket for before and after class (I shower at home)


My impression after 11 classes:

I feel like yoga is improving the relationship I have with myself. I used to be a skeptic when I heard that about yoga, thinking it wouldn’t apply to me. I was wrong! Yoga is just what I need in my life to help me center myself and thoughts. I have an anxious personality by nature, and yoga is therapy for my busy mind that never stops.

I’ve been excited not only by the changes I see (like toned muscles or improved flexibility), but feel in myself. I feel like yoga is the missing piece of the puzzle to my growth as an individual. I’m excited to explore yoga in many of its forms and styles down the road.


What’s your yoga experience? Love it, hate it? What styles have you tried and do any click or not click with you? What do you eat (or not eat) before a class?

[By the way, this review is not paid or sponsored by Moksha or anyone else. It’s just my personal experience, as always!] 

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Jennifer Cook May 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

I know this may be a silly question, but what do you wear to the class? In such a hot environment, I would think you would want to wear as little as possible, but I always see people in pics in yoga pants! What keeps you comfortable and gives you the flexibility you need?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

Many people do wear yoga pants, but I would find that too hot. I wear Lululemon shorts and a tank. :)


JenATX May 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

i realized recently that my yoga pants were entirely see through when i bent over.. awkward


Valerie May 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

Shorts are definitely cooler, but pants sometimes help you hold poses better. Your skin gets slippery when you sweat so poses that rely on skin contact with your thighs or knees can get clumsy! I found that capris worked well for me!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

yea I totally agree with that! My hands slip with shorts.


Jackie @ Baking Charms May 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

i feel the same way about my vinyasa and ashtanga yoga classes. i leave the class feeling like a completely different person! it’s the only thing that’s ever helped my anxious mind


Julie @ Shining From Within May 19, 2011 at 8:22 am

I love vinyasa yoga but I would love to try hot yoga some day. I love how flexible I feel after yoga and how strong and powerful I feel physically and mentally. I feel like I can conquer the world! I would usually just drink lots of water + some small fruits. We have been getting non stop rain here too! Luckily, I see the sun peaking out now..


Gina @Runningtothekitchen May 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

I live in southern NY and the rain is ridiculous here too. It is starting to affect my mood though! I enjoy vinyasa yoga, but have been wanting to try out a hot yoga class forever. I really need to make that happen soon. So glad you’re enjoying your experience so much.


Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food May 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

It has been raining for the past 6 days and we are supposed to get more rain for the next three! I am the same way you are and feel like my mood is definitely down when it’s raining! I’m ready for some sun! Also, I’m glad to see that somebody else out there likes to drink V8! I have always been in love with it! :-)


Emmanuelle May 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

*happy dance for you*
I can’t tell, I am biased, being almost done with my yoga teacher training ;)

Apart from the physical benefits, yoga has been a real self-discovery journey, and I’ve blossomed.

I am so happy for you that you found your happy style, there is a yoga style for everyone, I agree with you!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 19, 2011 at 8:25 am

My Moksha experience is the same as yours Ange! I love how it makes my body feel and I notice benefits (less muscle soreness, better posture, more energy) almost instantly!! I can’t wait to go again because my body is kinda screaming for it these days after having logged so many hours at my desk at work. My pre and post yoga eats are similar to yours. Green monsters always get me charged and ready to go, and lots of fresh fruit and veggies! :)


Peggy @ May 19, 2011 at 8:25 am

Love hot yoga!! I feel so loosey goosey after, I wish I could stop falling over in Dancer’s or Tree pose, but they are so friendly to beginners, the teachers always come over to help.


Nienke at Revel May 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

I’ve been very curious about hot yoga for a long time now but I’ve been too intimidated to go to a studio… so now I’m “dragging” one of my girlfriends with me and we are getting our first monthly pass tomorrow. I am SO excited and I hope I love it as much as you do!

PS. Love your red umbrella!


Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee May 19, 2011 at 8:28 am

I’m so happy to read about your positive hot yoga experience!
I fell in love with hot yoga about a year ago and I havent looked back.

I use a Manduka Black Mat Pro. It’s heavy (about 7lb) but the surface is fairly sticky and I can make it through most of class without having to put my yoga towel on top. I also use Mandukas eQua Yoga Towel. When it gets wet, it doesnt slip at all.

I dont eat before an AM hot yoga class. If I absolutely need to have something, I’ll have a banana or a handful of almonds. Before an afternoon class, I eat fruit!


Jen @ May 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

We have had a super rainy spring here in Washington, D.C. It’s crazy! But I kind of like those rainy days.


Jessica May 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

Your best bet is getting a yogitoes mat to put over your mat because that will stop sliding on any mat you use, whether you’re borrowing from your studio or you’re breaking in a new mat that you buy. Otherwise, I really like Jade yoga mats and Kulae yoga mats, both of which come in awesome colors and styles. Hope this helps!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

thanks for the suggestion!


Lucy May 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

I second the endorsement for the Jade mats — I also like the Manduka eKo series (made of natural rubber like Jade mats, to my recollection) — in my experience both Jade and the Manduka eKo mats work EXTREMELY well with the Manduka eQua towel, which is both cheaper than the yogitoes, and provides more grippiness through a hot class than the yogitoes (however, I’ve also found that yogitoes grips non-natural-rubber mats better than the Manduka eQua).

. . . . YOGA!!! :)


j May 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

try the lulu mat called “the mat” (i think) from lulu! its kinda stinky like rubber at first, buti have been practicing hot vinyasa yoga for years and you dont even need a towel! its AMAZING


Keri May 19, 2011 at 8:31 am

I once interviewed for a part-time job at lululemon. Part of the interview was going to a yoga class, which I thought was awesome, until I realized I was not nearly advanced enough to be in that class… when the teacher came over to ask if I wanted to try a full headstand, I realized I was not getting that job! I do like yoga (even though I was sore for a week after that class), but I am a cardio queen through and through.


Therese May 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

I became a fan of Moksha after my first time! I felt so cleansed and jello-y afterwards! I haven’t had the chance to make it a regular part of my exercise regimine but I’m really wanting to see what I can do over the summer!


Holly @ The Runny Egg May 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

I do some yoga/glorified stretching at home and I would love to go to a studio and get some real instruction/guidance but I haven’t found a place close to home that fits in my schedule. I love how I feel after stretching and I know I should put more effort into finding a place for me.

I’m glad you found what makes you feel best!


Christabel May 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

I LOVE that you are so into yoga right now. I’m also on a new yoga journey right now! I’ve done about ~10 classes in the last month. I haven’t done hot yoga yet but I can’t wait to try it. I am feeling so many of the same benefits you are, including less stress, better posture, and way less aches and pains.

I eat black mission figs and a banana w/ pb before I do yoga. I know you’re supposed to go in on an empty stomach but I just can’t. I burn out.

I’ve heard good things about Lululemon’s other yoga mat “The Mat” and Manduka makes a great one. I guess they’re more sticky so you have better grip once you start to sweat.


Bridget May 19, 2011 at 8:36 am

I live hot vinyasa. I have been practicing for about a year and a half and it’s changed my life! Next month I start teacher training?

Lululemon has new amazing mats. I don’t slip ever! Worth every penny (but still cheaper than a manduka).


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

I keep trying various type of yoga, but I can’t get into it. I wish I could – my muscles/joints would love it!

After any cardio I crave green monsters – there’s nothing more refreshing after a sweat-session than a cool, spinach-laced drink.


Radha May 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

You truly are a kindred spirit. I have been doing yoga on and off for years now. I was heart sick when I couldn’t be a runner (foot problem) and yoga was what my body could do. I also had to face the fact that I am older, not in my twenties. All the bloggers that I have been reading are runners. Now my favorite blogger is ‘my yoga buddy’ I am so happy.
There truly are great things we learn while on the mat that can be applied to life off the mat XO


Mikayla May 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

I do Power yoga, which sounds similar to your Moksha yoga. I use a Yogitoes mat that I swear by. It is basically a super absorbent towel with non slip nubbies on the bottom. I put this over a cheap basic yoga mat for more support.

I got it on Amazon for about $40(US). Here is the link:
The towel itself is slippery until it gets wet, so at the beginning of class I’ll splash a little water on where my hands and feet are for downward dog, since that’s the pose we do the most.

Glad to hear you’ve found a yoga you love!


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

The only yoga class I’ve tried was a bikram class, and I loved/hated it. It was intimidating to feel like the only person in the room who wasn’t a pro, but once my broken ankle/torn ligament is recovered, I plan on trying to go regularly.


Chelsea May 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

I love Moksha!!! I used to go reguarly (at least 3 times a week) a couple years ago but our studio became VERY cramped, it was usually an hour wait inline outside the studio and once inside it was literally mat to mat, not too mention a lot of people that were going weren’t very “zen” since i think the overall situation made a lot of people grumpy. They opened up another studio and one in the suberbs so i tried it again last week and re-fell in love! It was much more the yoga experience i love! I too suffer from anxiety and find that after yoga i just feel so peaceful! with myself and those around me, and things dont’ seem to bother me as much! good for you for finding “your” yoga, i’ve definitely tried a few kinds (including bikram, another kind of hot yoga, similar to moksha) but would have to say moksha is where my heart is at when it comes to yoga!


Sara May 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

Your yoga water bottle is adorable! I don’t think hot yoga is for me, and I generally struggle to enjoy yoga. I found Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown awhile ago which I LOVE. It’s not your typical yoga, but it’s perfect for me and still feels more relaxing than my usual workouts.

I have been obsessed with that cereal for a long time. I always add it to other cereals. Makes you burp though huh? It’s all the air, lol :)

Enjoy the rainy weather, we’re getting it here too.


[email protected] May 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

those are great benefits! I didn’t think yoga would make such a great difference in toning, but I guess it depends on the kind of yoga it is as well.


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious May 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

I love your photos with this post! I live in a rural community and there is no hot yoga near me :-( Many of my co-workers do it and love it, so I really should make more of an effort to try a class even once a week on the weekend when my schedule is more flexible. Your skin is looking great (you b-day dinner pic was gorgeous) ~ if I could get results like that it’s an even bigger incentive to make the effort to go!!


kirsty (GYMBUNNYCOCO) May 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

I have that yoga mat too… but don’t use it… I have a few mats… but I find I had problems with slipping with so many so I bought some toe-sox socks and some toe-sox gloves and now I don’t slip at all cos they grip the mat really well x


Nadine May 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

Love Moksha! It is amazing in the winter time and I find it perfectly complements running by stretching me all out. And it totally saved my sanity post ivf madness. Huge fan. And I’ve heard that the Moksha in your neck of the woods is one of the nicest…


Lauren May 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

I’ve never heard of Moshka, but that’s cool that savasana happens during class instead of just at the end. I usually do power yoga, which is challenging and fast during class, but I always feel so relaxed at the end. I sometimes do yoga at home with videos, but it’s such a better experience during a class with a great instructor to adjust your poses and make inspiring comments.


Paige is Running Around Normal May 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

I SO wish we had a hot yoga studio here in Normal. There’s not a single one!! Sounds like it’s treating you amazingly :)


cathy May 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

i did ashtanga 2-4 times a week for a few years, but stopped a couple years ago when my life schedule changed. i really miss it. i can’t wait to try moksha; i have a free pass and the studio is in my ‘hood so my summer goal is to give it a try. i am going to predict i love it! (i love ashtanga because it follows a series, but always wished the room was hot).
thanks for all your feedback, angela! i am so happy that you’ve discovered a yoga that fits for you so well!


Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment May 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

I’ve run the gamut with my gym’s yoga classes, as well as DVDs. We have a variety of styles (Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa) at my gym, but I’ve found that the classes I enjoy the most are the ones taught by my favorite instructor. I initially started taking Pilates with her, and loved her methods — she’s French, and not afraid to make statements about “what Americans do differently” that might be considered a hindrance to our well-being (such as having a sense of shame about “imperfect” parts of our bodies, rather than embracing them!). I started taking her yoga classes (75 min), and loved how she doesn’t have one particular set style that she focuses on — one class, we will do a million sun salutations, the next, we’ll focus on breathing and form, the next, she puts us through an intense vinyasa class! I know a lot of people who don’t like it because it doesn’t seem “pure” to them, but I think you’re so right on with your statement that there are different styles of yoga (and instructors!) for everyone — you just have to find one you like!


McKella May 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

I haven’t been to a yoga class in about a year, but I like yoga journal podcasts and solo practice at home. My experience with yoga has been all about learning to connect with and occupy my body because I rarely paid attention to it before. I love that I can tailor my practice to meet my specific needs and that it’s an entire philosophy, not just a workout.


OutToLunchC May 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

I LOVE yoga but I’m not into the hot yoga because my body just can’t handle the heat. I really enjoy 90min power vinyasa classes inspired by ashtenga or Baptiste. I like to eat a medium sized protein filled meal 2 hours before the class; that way I’m done digesting but I’m never hungry during the class. I also drink a lot of water before class but I stop drinking about an hour before so that I don’t have to go to the washroom during class.


Ellalinea May 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

Angela, this post is awesome!! I just posted a question on my blog regarding what people eat before a hot yoga class ( I do the 26 postures-90 min one, called Bikram yoga)..

I have the same problem, eating something too heavy and feeling not so good in class.. or eating too light and feeling a bit weak.. I will try your banana and medjool tip! Thanks so much!!


[email protected] May 19, 2011 at 9:06 am

I had no idea Moksha originated from Canada! That’s awesome. And I’m glad you found a style of yoga that agrees with you. Once you find a variation you love, it can be addicting!

And kudos to you for finding the right kind of nutrition before class. I’m still trying to figure that one out myself…it’s hard because depending on the type of yoga you practice, you need an empty stomach in order to make the twists and bends more comfortable. However if you don’t eat before hot yoga you can feel tired/weak, like you said. I might try the v8 and banana trick!


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats May 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

This was such a lovely post to read – SO glad that yoga is helping you. I have been practicing yoga going on 10 years, and agree with you that there are emotional as well as physical benefits. Even when I only did once a week, or skipped a week, I still found it helped. Right now I am going 4 to 5 times a week and am feeling amazing physical and emotional benefits as well :)


carly May 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

i recommend jade yoga mats! they are super sticky – you definitely won’t slip! when i bought one just about a year ago it literally revolutionized my yoga practice because i was able to go so much deeper into poses without slipping around. they’re also eco-friendly.


Hannah May 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

I have taken a few styles of yoga over the past year, but I recently started hot yoga. WOW! Hot yoga is so humbling.

I find myself laying there on my sweaty mat, with sweat running into my eyes and my hair completely frizzy, no make up on, thinking, “Wow, I’ve never seen myself like this before!”

Yoga is a great way to see what you are capable of. My body surprises me every day.


Heather (heathers dish) May 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

I’ve liked everything that I’ve tried so far, and am now obsessed with hot yoga! I feel so peacefuL and beautiful afterwards :)


Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life May 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

Yay! It sounds like you’re having such a wonderful yoga experience! I would recommend a Jade yoga mat. I just got one and I love it! My old mat wasn’t grippy enough either and my hands would always slip in downward dog. I love yoga <3 I've been practicing for almost 10 years. I'm not always consistent though! I've tried all different styles. Right now I go to a heated vinyasa flow studio or I just practice at home. I like vinyasa (breath-synchronized movement) because it reminds me to move through my life that way. One breath at a time, with mindfullness. It's like a beautiful dance! :-)


Carlee May 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

I attend Moksha yoga classes in London, Ontario. I have never really been into yoga – I am just not that Zen. But, I started going once a week with a friend from work and enjoy it. I wish I went more often but if just never seems to fit in my schedule.


Farrah May 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

I had a ankle fusion and am looking for easy on the joints exercise. Will yoga be hard on my ankle?


Michelle May 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

It could be, but if the instructor knows his/her stuff they should be able to help you out with gentle poses/modifications. I went to different studios and talked to the instructors before I started so that I knew I had the right instructor who could help me work through my injuries without doing any harm.


Shanna, Like Banana May 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

Yoga is such a blissful experience. My preferred style is Bikram — it’s tough, challenging, and requires such mental fortitude. When I’m done, I feel like I have been given a gift of calm. It’s amazing.


Michelle May 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

Yoga has been my saviour! After my car accident I was hooked on painkillers. Now I find that I am able to control my pain through yoga, but if I miss a few days my pain levels increase greatly. Yin is one of my favourites!!! I love the deep stretch and I think that is what has been the key to helping with my injuries.

Have you heard of Prana in regards to mats? My studio has those ones as well as Half-Moon (which I think is based out of Ontario). My instructor swears by the prana mats and then half-moon are her next favourites.

I’m so glad that this is helping you!!! The physical and emotional changes are amazing and I can’t believe that I fought going for so long. All the best!


Sarah May 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

I do Bikram (another form of hot yoga) and my husband got me a breathe mat ( for Christmas this year. I am in LOVE with it. It’s basically a combined towel and mat, so you don’t have to lug two different things to the yoga studio. It’s a little less “cushion-y” than a regular mat + towel combo, but I don’t go to yoga to take a nap, so I’m ok with that. :) The thing sticks to the floor and does not move regardless of what I’m doing.

Good luck finding the perfect mat!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

thank you!


Hannah May 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

Thank you so much for this “guide” to hot yoga! I assume though that moksha is only offered in Canada?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

nope! Read the intro I posted as it explains where it is.


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather May 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

I really sounds like you found your sweet spot! I haven’t tried hot yoga yet but I truely love challenging yoga.


Redhead @ Confessions of a Redhead May 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

I’ve been practicing ashtanga yoga for years, and recently did a month of moksha yoga at the Mississauga studio.

After trying MANY yoga mats and slipping all over the place, The Mat by Lululemon changed my practice, as I don’t budge an inch! Love it. Highly recommend.


Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) May 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

I LOVE Moksha, as I expressed here before on your first class experience- and though I do like taking vinyasa classes weekly as well, I feel like Moksha jives with me the most. I go at least twice a week. I went to a class just last night! As for non-stick mats- I love Jade yoga mats, and I also use a Manduka equa towel as well.



kate May 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

I love yoga although I havent tried hot yoga yet, I really enjoy classes I feel like I relax more in a classroom setting than following a dvd at home.


kate May 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

I love yoga although I havent tried hot yoga yet, I really enjoy classes I feel like I relax more in a classroom setting than following a dvd at home.


Clare - Never Niche May 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

Hot yoga is the only kind of yoga I enjoy so I empathize with you. I’m not flexible either! Lately I’ve been reading a blog called, written by a young woman who does 40 day practices at home and writes about the emotional/mental aspect of it all.


Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa May 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

I so so so wish we had a yoga studio in our town. As much as I would love to head 30 minutes to the next biggest city (where that have a ton of studios) I just don’t have the time for that. Gah – I know I need yoga in my life though…


Brooke May 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

I fell in love with power yoga! When the class is done, I feel warm and fuzzy inside. It also tones and stretches all the right muscles. I’ve never tried hot yoga. To be honest I’m a little intimidated by it. I’ve always heard those horror stories of people becoming sick or passing out. Would love to try it one day.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

I tried an AM Yoga class that I absolutely loved. Unfortunately I had a voucher that only let me go for a month, but it made me discover that I actually liked yoga. Lately I’ve been really liking Bethenny Frankel’s yoga DVD with Kristin McGee.


Christine Reitzel May 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’m so thrilled to hear you have come to find a place in the yoga community. It is not the way of a yogi to push someone into the practice so when you witness a person discovering their love for yoga; you can’t help but be elated. The best is yet to come.
p.s.-I relate to keeping the cardio a staple. I feel the same way.


Andrea Muzzatti May 19, 2011 at 10:06 am

I have tried to like yoga for about 8 years now…and I have never found a style I liked! Sad. :(


Heather May 19, 2011 at 10:08 am

I know you said your mat was “slippy.” I came across this problem as well and I now have the Jade Fusion mat. It runs around about $100 US but it is the best investment I’ve made to compliment my steady yoga practice :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 10:18 am



Emilie May 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

$100! That’s quite the investment! I personally bought a $10 mat at Target… Lame, I know. However, I don’t slip at all on it, regardless of how sweaty my hands get. It’s not the prettiest mat, I admit, but I tried others and this is the only non-slip mat I have found so far, and I thought the price was right ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I wish our Targets were open in Canada now! Not til next year I think :)


Danielle May 19, 2011 at 10:08 am

Welcome to yoga!!! I no longer see yoga as “exercise”; it’s just become a part of life for me. I highly recommend the Manduka regular mat; it’s grip is like none other! They’re a little pricey, but it’s worth it to stay put in your practice! For me, a great mat makes a huge difference in my practice; I can get into my poses more and make better self adjustments. And I’m not stressing about sliding all over! A yoga towel can also be nice to have in hot classes (also on the high end, but worth it!). Invest in those pieces and you’ll never look back!


Jaclyn May 19, 2011 at 10:08 am

Love yoga, but need to go more! Every time I leave yoga class I feel like I’ve just had a massage. I’m a vinyasa girl but I’ve been wanting to try hot yoga, so Moksha Flow sounds like something that would appeal to me!

If you’re looking for a good non-slip yoga mat, try Jade. Their mats are beautiful, eco-friendly, and great at gripping sweaty hands and feet. I have one and would never go back!


Kim May 19, 2011 at 10:13 am

I second the Jade mats! They’re the only brand I use, and I have tried several! I don’t even need a towel during hot yoga the Jade is that good at being grippy!


schmei May 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

I’ve always wanted to try a yoga class but couldn’t justify the expense. Then I got pregnant (yay!) and a lot of people recommended I at least try a prenatal yoga DVD, if I couldn’t get to a class. I love it. Any time I’m feeling exhausted or achey, 45 minutes of yoga helps me a lot: I relax, get the aches out, and sleep better at night.

Your reviews of hot yoga make me really want to try it… maybe that can be my gift to myself to start getting back in shape after baby’s arrival!


Kim May 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

I hear ya on the yoga DVDs. I’ve done yoga for 9 years and I CANNOT STAND yoga DVDs. However, ask your instructor if she’d mind if you recorded her classes for when you’re out of town. I use my iPhone to record my favorite instructor and that way when I’m away and can’t get to a class I just start up the recording and off I go! It’s wonderful to be able to carry your favorite instructor around in your pocket for emergencies! :)

I’m glad you’re enjoying it so much! I am a strong advocate of yoga and hearing about converts makes my day!



Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

great idea!


Erin May 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

You can also buy a moksha cd from their site, either a 60 or 90 min class.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

oh I didnt know that…cool!


Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) May 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

I think I need to give yoga another chance! I’ve only done it a couple times and didn’t like it. Probably because I was awful at it. I used to have the mind frame that my workouts had to be intense and sweaty, but I’m slowly changing that mind frame! I’ve fallen in love with pilates because I started doing at-home videos while my little guy was sleeping. It took me several weeks of doing it a few times a week before I realized I loved it! So I think I need to try yoga again and give it a long enough shot to fall in love with it!


Casi Leigh May 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

Look up Manduka mats. Great company with a great MO. I have one of their Pro series which is durable (almost a year old and not a nick or scratch on it), grippy without being sticky, and cleans easily. At six feet tall, I have the long size which, even if you aren’t tall, just is so nice to stretch out upon. Also, their Pro series mats come with a lifetime warranty. Once purchased, if it wears out or malfunctions in any way, you can send it back for a replacement. Worth it so far, definitely. I use mine pretty much every day for both my personal practice and when I teach my classes.

So neat that you are getting into yoga! Very happy for you. :)


Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

I love hot yoga.. I don’t know much about the different types of yoga, but I do love how great and free of toxins I feel once I sweat everything out… stretching and strengthining my body!


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

Yoga mats, Manduka Black Mat Pro. Period. That’s all you will ever need again in life. The regular length is long enough, you dont need the extra long (just gets ridic heavy). And I am almost 5’11” and still dont find I “need” the extra long. It’s the only mat that my toenails dont erode and that I dont slip on. I can say this after a decade of use and also trying about 20 other kinds of mats.

Eating. Traditional ashtanga yoga = you dont eat til youre done with your practice. This means you practice in the morning b/c you dont eat til you’re done with yoga. However, whatever works for the person is what I say they should, not eat, drink, not drink…it’s like anything else, no one is the same and finding what works can take a long time.

” I feel like yoga is the missing piece of the puzzle to my growth as an individual. I’m excited to explore yoga in many of its forms and styles down the road.”–

When I walked into my first yoga class 12 years ago, I had no idea what to expect. I fell so in love with it that I knew I would be a yoga teacher. And I went to costa rica to learn to teach just 6 mos after my first class. Spent a month in the rainforest and changed my life.

Yoga has guided me on and off the mat, so much. Pregnancy, parenting, childbirth, patience, in my relationships with others…it always, ALL of it, all comes back to yoga. I could not imagine my life without yoga, both teaching and as a forever student.

In my yoga tab, I have a very extensive post called Yoga FAQ’s where I touch on just about everything humanly possible yoga related from music to props to dvd’s to clothes to styles to vocabulary.

So happy for you…Namaste!!!!


chelsea May 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

I love the way I feel after yoga. Like your on top of the world! Before we moved to Montana I had a place I would go regularly and an instructor I loved! She always had us set an intention and clear our minds. It actually was better for me if I went alone, and not with a friend because I would randomly try and talk to them during the practice.


Jennifer May 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

I tried hot yoga for the first time last week at Moksha Yoga, and I seriously found it to be one of the hardest workouts I have ever done. Despite that, I loved it. I learned how terrible my balance and flexibility are (seriously awful!), and it made me so motivated to work towards improving it. I also crave similar foods afterwards like you, my first class I followed up with a huge and super satisfying salad.


Dawn May 19, 2011 at 10:31 am

If your only complaint about your mat is that it’s slippy, I’d recommend trying a Yogitoes towel. They’re spendy, but so worth it for the hot classes. The back side has little rubber dots that keep it anchored to your mat (it seriously doesn’t go anywhere), and the towel itself is made of this wonderful wicking fabric that doesn’t get slippery as it gets wet. In fact, it actually works a bit better when it’s not 100% dry. I thought it was ridiculous when I first saw them, but I absolutely love mine and even use it for cool yoga classes (because I am a crazy heavy sweater, so it helps there, too).


Bronwyn May 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

I once definitely hated yoga, but then one time I tried a gentle hatha class and I just started loving yoga. I find it’s definitely instructure dependent. Last year I tried Bikrams and I actually really enjoyed it; though the structure and idea that there is one way and only one way to do yoga doesn’t jive with me. I have tried Moksha a couple times and I really enjoy it. If it weren’t so expensive I’d go so much more (I’ve been attending community sessions that are only $10). Maybe I’ll get a starting pass for June…


Amanda May 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

I’m so happy to hear that you are loving yoga! I agree with you that doing a dvd at home really doesn’t compare. My favorite yoga is hot vinyasa flow, which is 90 minutes and sounds a lot like your class. Personally, my mat isn’t anything spectacular, but I got a Manduka towel from Lululemon that covers my entire mat, and it’s fabulous! No slipping and it’s easy to wash and reuse!


Valerie May 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

Someone start a Moksha Yoga in Windsor, ON please! I got hooked on Moksha in Waterloo (same experience as you… great workout, amazing mental clarity and the only cure for an anxious mindset)… and I recently moved to Windsor. There is no moksha here! There is only one studio that does hot yoga, but they do it with space heaters… not the same!


Moni'sMeals May 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

I am so happy for Angela. I feel the exact same way from what I get out of my practice too. I think if the entire world did yoga and dancing for that matter, that there would be no war, no yelling at eachother, no road rage (LA is where I live!), not so much bad energy and anger. More blissful minds who are intune with their feelings and who are realizing that we have so much everyday! You know what I mean? Because when you are present– you are present–you are present! I love walks too for this feeling and being in nature and with animals. :)

I think you are also on the right track on your pre and post choices for fuel and recovery.

“Yesterday was History, Tommorow is a Mystery, and Today is the Present, that is why they call it a gift”



Charlie May 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

I usually go to moksha yoga at 7am and a big glass of orange juice when I wake up usually does the trick. I bring nuts to class to eat after so I can wait to be home for breakfast :). I add a little bit of lemon juice and a pinch of sugar to my water and it is really refreshing during class.
I have the manduka pro mat & it doesn’t slip at all. Expensive but worth the money. You won’t ever need to buy an other mat!


Maria May 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

I used to think “Oh yoga isn’t a workout – it’s a great supplement to my workouts, but not a real workout in and of itself”. I was very wrong. I’ve been taking anusara yoga for a few weeks now and I’ve never felt better. I didn’t realize how quickly you can improve with yoga. My first class was torture and now I’m doing handstands (with wall assistance)! Not only that, but yoga is probably the only type of workout I’ve done that really improves my body image. As I’m in downward facing dog for the umpteenth time, I have a chance to stare at my thighs and instead of the usual hatred towards them, I found myself actually appreciating them. This has never happened!


Heather May 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

I LOVE Moksha!

I have tried all kinds of yoga and it is my favourite! Fortunately, there is a studio across the street from my house!


rawkinmom May 19, 2011 at 11:18 am

I have never actually tried any yoga classes….I used to think it would be to slow and boring as I like heavy duty workouts where I feel like I burned 1000 calories!! But, I have been learning and seeing lately that yoga is actually for really strong people!!! I need to try a class!!!


Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen May 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

I miss hot yoga! I haven’t been able to do it for several months due to it’s high cost, but I can’t wait to get back into it! Doing Bikram once or twice a week makes me feel so strong and confident. Since stopping I’ve been experiencing back pain and hip pain; I’ve realized what an important part of my fitness routine it had become.


kaila @ healthy helper! May 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

I love hot yoga to! When my knee was injured last month it was literally the only thing that relieved the pain. It just loosens me up so much and makes me feel incredible! Glad you found a style that suits you! :)


Caitlin May 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

Hi Angela,

I discovered your blog a few months back, and I have been enjoying reading about all of your food adventures. I used to be a competitive runner in college, but I found yoga a few years ago and it has really changed how I approach my own health and fitness. I love yoga because it forces you to see yourself as you really are, and helps counter many of the unhealthy attitudes and habits so prominent in western culture. I think it complements the attitude that you espouse here on your blog as well. I hope you keep sharing stories about your yoga adventures. Thank you for being such an inspiration :)


Mel May 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

I’m so envious I’ve been wanting to get into Hot Yoga for ages but I just dont live near enough to a city to have one around…you can do Yoga here but only a few varitiets… haha Im sensing a neiche market 0:-)


Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

I just started yoga and it’s definitely clicking, but I have some trouble getting motivated to start! Once I do I love every minute, though! I can’t wait to improve :)


Alyssa May 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

We have had such a rainy month, which is a HUGE blessing because there have been a lot of fires around here lately. Yoga seems to be the perfect thing for a rainy day. I haven’t been doing as much as I have wanted to lately but you have inspired me to today! I feel like such a newbie because the only yoga I know is the P90X one. I have never done any other yoga but would love to try a class. Our church has some awesome (so I have heard) instructors that have volunteered 2 classes a month. I am so excited to try them. I have wondered if the P90X version is much like regular yoga?


Wendy Irene May 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I love that the word Moksha means ‘Freedom’! I did not know that. It is wonderful learning something new today. Now I totally feel like doing Yoga :) Have a lovely day!


Katherine May 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I have been dieing to try yoga!


Lauren May 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I love the idea of yoga and loved my first few sessions. All I have available to me is power yoga and I just don’t find it meshing with me right now. Maybe sometime in the future. I loved the hot aspect of the class, though. Maybe someday I’ll find a yoga more suited to what I need.


Gail May 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I’ve never been to a class. I do all of my yoga at home, and I just sort of made up my own routine. I bought a yoga DVD a few years ago, and since then I’ve gotten others. I mainly like Sara Ivanhoe’s DVD’s, she seems personable and I really like her instruction and classes. I also have several books and magazines on the proper position and alignment. I mainly do my favorite poses, and incorporate a few poses of each at home: standing, forward bends, backbends, twists. I can’t do many inversions due to my neck. I hold each pose for 5-10 breaths. One of these days I’l like to take a class at the local studio.

My mat is an old Gaiam that was made out of recycled rubber. It seems to do the trick, although my hubby says I need to clean it – ha!


Roz May 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Love yoga! I do Flow and Power yoga classes and since I started my skin is better, I’m sleeping better and am noticing tone around my waist. Sounds like you’ll be yoga’ing for life! (and hope the sun comes out soon)


Tamara Paulin May 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Yay! I’m a newbie yoga convert too!

I’m at about 3 months in and I can’t pass a mirror without admiring my much-improved posture.

(If you click my name, you’ll see my blog entry about yoga.)

I think it has helped a great deal with my mood and concentration. Good for you, I hope you keep going!!! (and me too)


Kristin @ wounded fawn May 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I agree with others that I have to wear pants in hot yoga otherwise I slip and slide. Also, I don’t eat for two hours before class otherwise I feel like throwing up and I did…. once.

I wanted to suggest rather than getting a new mat you should try a no slip towel type mat on top of the mat you already have. I absolutely had to get one for hot yoga. It is made my Yogitoes and is a skidless yoga towel. Other people in my classes have just used regular towels and that doesnt work for me either.

Hope that helps and glad you found the missing piece to your fitness puzzle!


Susan May 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Angela…I’ve been reading your blog for about the past year and love everything you have to say, but had to comment on the new yoga in your life. I am so excited for you!! I’ve been in love with yoga for about 9 years and am so happy when others find their yoga niche. It can be life changing!
As for the mat…I have tried everything from the big Manduka to the skidless gloves, and the best option for me is a non-skid towel by ‘Yogitoes’. They make one for Lululemon, but you can also find them on Amazon.
Before class starts get the towel slightly wet at your hands and feet – it works best when wet. Many studios have spray bottles in the room for this use. After class throw it int he wash, hang it up and it will be dry in no time. Good luck with your yoga journey. Can’t wait to read more about it.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thank you Susan :)


Lisa Fine May 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

We’ve had tons of rain too, and fog for the last four days. I caught a glimpse of blue sky today, so I’m hopeful. :)

I went to yoga this morning too, but it was Kripalu Yoga, not hot. I don’t think we have any hot yoga studios near me, but I’d love to try it sometime. Any kind of yoga has a great way of complementing cardio – I’m with ya!


Tracy May 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Yay yoga!!! I recommend getting a yoga towel. I personally use yogitoes, but any microfiber towel that is the approximate size of your mat will do. In my opinion, yoga mats are not going to anti-slip if you’re sweating a lot. There’s no way you can have an anti-slip mat if there are puddles of sweat on it! The only exception to this are mats that absorb moisture, like Lululemon’s the Mat, but then you have to wash the Mat more often, versus throwing a yoga towel in the wash and wiping your regular mat’s surface clean.

If you like to wear shorts but find your arms slip on bare skin, try putting your hand towel in between your legs and arms. This works for arm balances and twists where you need a bit of grip.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thanks Tracy!!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I admit that I am skeptical about yoga too. But I really want to like it! I have tried some videos on my own at home, but I am attending my first class this afternoon. Can’t wait!!


laura May 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Yoga = Love.
vinyasa flow, power, and hot, are favourites.
Your so right, a yoga dvd cannot compare to the energy of a class!


Char May 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I didn’t know Moksha originated in Toronto; that’s good to know!! If you want to spend a bit more money and get a mat that should last for life, then you should go with this one:

I have it (in purple) and love it. You don’t slip and it’s just awesome. It has the ‘new’ smell for the first few uses, but once you get past that I definitely think it’s worth it!


Beth May 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Your description of yoga being a puzzle piece is so right on! I feel like when I do yoga regularly the rest of my exercise and my life flow better. And I just don’t feel right when I don’t have enough yoga in my life.


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I love yoga, but there are no good studios around me.. and I feel like it’s so so expensive!


lindsay May 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I am actually somewhat surprised that you can eat before a hot yoga class. I make it a point to NOT eat about 3 hours before class. If I have any food in my stomach what-so-ever I feel kind of queasy and I’m not able to push myself as hard and go into the stretches as deeply. BUT I do drink 1 coconut water (full of electrolytes) and a small glass of water with an Emergen-C packet right before class. The combination of the 2 gives me loads of energy and I am able to plow through class like hercules ;) haha. My hot yoga teacher actually recommended them to me and they really work! But everyone’s body is different.
Once you go Bikram, you’ll never go back!


Cindy Robinson May 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Thanks so much for the enlightenment. I’ve never really done yoga, but have been wanting to try something formal for it’s benefits. Mainly due to my ever-whirring (is that a word?) mind. I’m glad that you said it helps your mind to relax, I think that yoga will be just perfect for me :)


Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I am an Ashtanga junkie! The funny thing is though, I am currently living in New Zealand, and for some reason, teachers here to not focus on the spiritual or mental aspect of yoga (relaxing, clearing your mind, opening yourself up to good) which I really miss. For me, that’s the most important part of my practice!


Karine May 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Wow! This is incredible!
Moksha Yoga will soon be opened in Geneva, my town! :D (For once, I can be concerned!)
As soon as it will be opened, I’ll enrol myself, since I’ve always wanted to do yoga. Yay!

Thank you for the pieces of information!


Katherine: Unemployed May 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

do you wear socks or go barefoot?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Barefoot :)


Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland May 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I love my Manduka Pro Lite mat. For hot yoga I like to use a Yogi Toes towel as well.


Jess *Forever Addicting* May 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm

So glad you’re loving hot yoga! It’s amazing :) I highly recommend lululemon’s The Mat for hot yoga OR invest in a yogi toes towel to place on top of your Align mat. The towel is probably your smartest buy for Moksha yoga ;) lululemon sells them! They’re a little pricey but totally worth it


Michelle | Gold-hearted Girl May 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I totally feel closer to myself, too. I feel stronger. I’m always shocked by how vibrant I feel after a yoga class. It’s indescribable!


Theresa May 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Have you read “Poser?”


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

No I havent…it’s good I take it? :)


Natalie May 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

You are one one happy yoga high and you definitely are wearing the yoga glow and i love it! I am currently partaking in a 30 day buckram yoga challenge and I am on day 20! If feels incredible and this is my 2nd Bikram Yoga Challenge. Bikram is similar to Moshka but it is a set series of 26 postures that lasts for 90 mintues. I have a great friend from New Zealand who is now teaching at 3 studio in Canada and from what I could remember he could be in a location near you. I would love for you to try one of his classes! He is also going to be representing New Zealand in the US Bikram Championships that are coming up (even though he is a Canadian) oh and Happy Belated Birthday!


Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

First, yes we have had so much rain the Northeast, it’s such a bummer :(
And I am slowly but surely liking yoga more. I used to hate it because I had only tried ones that were a bit too slow for my liking and I had so much trouble relaxing. Now though, I know my body needs to take it easy once in awhile and certain kinds of yoga are perfect for that. And then again, if I want a more serious workout, I will attend a different style class! I love that there are so many options


Mina May 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I completely agree that doing yoga consistently can have physical and mental (emotional) benefits. I do Vinyasa Flow yoga at a studio called Yoga to the People when I am in Berkeley, and when I am in Los Angeles I do Yoga to their podcasts. I do feel like the yoga on it’s own isn’t a well-rounded work out, as I still feel like I need some cardio. I have found that doing yoga 2-3 days a week, and preceeding this yoga with a short run/elliptical sesh of about 30 minutes is perfect. The other days I do my longer runs or a cycle class.
I have found that yoga makes me feel more balanced, both physically and emotionally. For some reason, I also always crave healthier, lighter foods on my “yoga days”

most importantly, I have always had a very sensitive stomach/intestines, and recently I have been struggling with potential food allergies, IBS, and chronic intestinal wall inflammation. I have found that doing yoga 3 days a week, alleviated most of my symptoms, and made me feel almost totally back to normal. I stopped doing yoga during a few stressful weeks, and my stomach went back to being terrible; and as soon as I started yoga again my problems went away. I believe that yoga must improve blood flow to internal organs, as well as providing them with movements that are rejuvenating and refreshing through the various yoga poses.
These physical benefits, on top of the obvious physical benefits such as toning, posture improvement, and improved flexibility as well as the mental benefits such as reduced stress and more clarity in thought are all reasons that I WILL NOT be stopping my yoga practice anytime soon!

So glad to hear that you have been benefitting so much from yoga as well, and this post made me want to check out a hot yoga studio!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

That is so great to hear!


Alison May 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I tried hot yoga in the fall last year and it def improved my mood! I would love to do it again but it is very expensive. I think its about $100 a month where I live so I just can’t afford it. Plus I think I enjoy cardio and bootcamp type workouts more. Although, like you mentioned yoga is very relaxing and all that sweating makes me feel great afterwards!


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

It’s been so rainy here in New England- the sun peeked out today for the first time in forever!


Shayla May 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I absolutely love hot yoga!! I’ve only tried Bikram…is it similar to Moshka?


[email protected] May 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I LOVE yoga! Totally addicted and right now I’m trying out different types. I’ve been to Bikram which I couldn’t really get into although I think I’d like to go to a class once in a while. I prefer “power”-type yoga classes, but I didn’t like how Bikram was the same class every time.


megan @ the oatmeal diaries May 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I have always wanted to try hot yoga! And I agree- I’ve always been skeptical that those claims will apply to me but I guess I never know unless I give it a shot right? I’m actually going to a class tomorrow morning so this post was perfect timing to get me all motivated! :)


Jaime May 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Ha. I appreciated this post considering I just blogged about my new relationship with hot yoga as well! Mental toughness, that is what I am developing. Something that I need badly!


allie May 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm

hi =) i work at a moksha studio and have been practicing for about five years now. I HIGHLY recommend getting a good towel to go over your mat. I have the same lululemon mat as you but I also have the towel with the grippies on it (yogitoes also makes a great one) and it is AMAZING!! Definitely worth trying. So glad you’re enjoying the classes!!

xo, allie


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

Thanks Allie!


Rebecca May 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I love vinyasa yoga. I FLOAT out of class…

If your mat is relatively new, there’s a good chance you just need to get it dirty before you can stick to it! When I started using a new mat, I was sliding all over the place, and my yoga teacher told me to get it dirty with the oils in my skin. I left my mat on the floor of my room and just walked on it and used it until it stopped giving me trouble. Of course, this may not apply in a hot yoga class, but…hope that helps. You might as well give it a shot before you spend lots of $$$.

(Btw, Target will change your life.)


mi-an May 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I use the Lululemon alignment mat but with lululemon manduka equa towel spread over my mat to catch all the sweat. But the best nonslippery mat is JADEYOGA HARMONY mat. best.ever. try it!


Olya May 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Wow, there are lots of yoga lovers out there. I’ve never tried hot yoga and I was not a fan of traditional yoga.


Michelle @ From Seed To Tree May 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Yes – here in Kitchener we’ve had days and days of rain. I am so crossing my fingers that it will let up this weekend for May 2-4. Some sunshine would be very welcomed!

I’m glad you enjoyed your yoga. :)


Steph @ A Life Without Ice Cream May 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I’ve had a similar experience with yoga. I tried it in grad school because although I tend to be a skeptic about those types of things I needed something to calm my nerves and focus myself living such a high stress life. I always left feeling so amazing and energetic. I also practice at home and with dvds at times and find I get similar results… its very calming to focus on yourself (mind and body) for a set period of time!


Kristin May 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm

That is awesome that you have found yoga. It sounds like you have experienced what I call the “La La La” factor. When I leave yoga I feel like la la laing and if a car ran me over I would just la la la away from the relaxation and groundedness that I get from yoga. I always tell everyone they should give yoga a try. I really enjoy the mental aspect of yoga even more than the physical practice. If you ever get a chance, try the 108 sun salutation mala, now that is incredible.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

haha love the la la analogy. That is a good description!


Megan May 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm

This post made me want to hop on my bike and head to yoga. It’s 11:30pm – otherwise I would ;) I followed the ABU link and laughed out loud when you said your husband rolled his eyes and that he just doesn’t get nut butter. I think ALL men might have this opinion, my hubs thinks my eternal nut butter quest is CRAZY. They might be right, but I don’t care.


Kashif May 20, 2011 at 12:55 am

How wonderful that you’ve found something so beneficial from a yoga practice … for me it’s been completely life transforming and I can’t imagine my day to day life without yoga.


Molly @ RDexposed May 20, 2011 at 2:13 am

I need to get into yoga more! I enjoy it but running dominates my exercise.


Jacqui May 20, 2011 at 3:06 am

What you said about yoga totally sums up how I feel in relation to the connection I am feeling with my body and also shutting off my busy mind – its rawsome!


Ali May 20, 2011 at 6:32 am

I started doing Vinyasa classes in January, and along with the heightened sense of awareness and calm, I really love the emphasis on compassion, both for others and, sometimes more importantly, for yourself. I’m glad you’re finding it to be a positive experience too!
ps. Lululemon has a travel mat that’s double-sided (one side appears slick, the other matte), and the slick side gets easier to grip the wetter it gets. It has made a HUGE difference in my practice. They also have it full sized, but if you get the travel one, you can just put it over your current mat, and then you have a thick version and a version to travel with! Best investment I’ve made so far. Good luck!


Amanda May 20, 2011 at 6:35 am

I love yoga & lulu!! Here is a different lulu yoga mat that is better for Hot class. I use it & Love it
I love reading your blog each day!! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes.


[email protected] Gracious May 20, 2011 at 6:50 am

Thanks so much for this post! It was like a God whisper for me. I have been thinking about hot yoga this week and hoping to start in a couple weeks. This was just reinforcement that I should. And yes, it has been VERY wet here in Michigan.


Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers May 20, 2011 at 7:09 am

11 classes already? It seems like you first tried it only yesterday. Oh how time flies! I’m too nervous to attend a yoga class. My cross country coach in high school told me I’m about as flexible as an oak tree! haha. Sadly, not much has changed! I do attempt a few DVDs though from time to time.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Im not very flexible (or so I thought) but I was actually surprised! I have severely tight leg muscles from running and they have improved SO much!


Amy May 20, 2011 at 7:39 am

This is so exciting!! I just recently came across your site, and I LOVE it – the recipes are to die for, exactly my kind of food. Then I came across this post and I can’t be more happy for you that you’ve found a style of yoga that you love – I am a Moksha teacher and have had a very similar experience as you. Yoga has helped me treat my body as a prized possession and I am very close to making the binge-starve cycle I’ve been on since my teens a thing of the past.

You are truly inspiring!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Thank you Amy! :)


Tricia Cobb May 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

I’ve been following your blog for a while now, but have never posted. My love of yoga started several years ago after a bad car accident. I believe it really helped my recovery – both physical and mental. I have never tried hot yoga, but after reading your posts on it, I definitely want to try it! Living in the Southern US, I don’t know how much luck I will have but I will keep searching!


Angelique May 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

Hi Angela — I’m the same way in that I never “got” yoga from DVD’s but now totally get it, and love it, after going to in-person yoga classes. I’ve been going semi-regularly for the last couple of years, my most consistent form of exercise. I made do with a Giam mat for a while but it was thin and slipped around a lot, especially when I did wall yoga. I now have a Manduka mat and LOVE it! It’s much thicker and heavier, made from tree rubber, and never moves once it’s on the floor. It’s spongeyness is very supportive and cushioning. It’s also really pretty, a deep plum/purple with a light pattern stamped into it. I’m just SO glad I purchased this. It will probably last me the rest of my life.


Angelique May 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

p.s. I looked on Manduka’s site and the one I have is the eKo mat, the Acai color. The eKo mats are produced via non-toxic materials.
Here’s a link that helps you determine which of their mats you’d like best:


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

thank you for your suggestion!


Katie @ Finding My Om May 20, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’d have to say give a Manduka mat a try. :) it’s kinda pricey, but worth the money… it’ll last you your lifetime. I also use the hot yoga towel from lululemon. It helps from sliding all over the place.


Lisa May 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

I need to try yoga again. I struggle with anxiety too. Have you ever done a post on dealing with anxiety? I could do my hot yoga in my back yard by the pool since it’s in the 90’s this week. (If my 3 dogs will let me!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I dont think I have done a post on it…I havent quite figured it out myself! lol


Ali May 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

Yogitoes ( make incredible skidless towels! Worth the investment!

Happy Hot Yoga-ing! :)


Beth May 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Great photos of your umbrella. The red really pops with the contrast of the deck.
We have been getting similar weather, just about 8 hours after you get it (I’m in Ottawa).

Glad you are enjoying your yoga classes so much! The unlimited pass is a super buy.

I fell in love with yoga class in December ’09, and bought myself an unlimited year pass. I tried almost every class that was offered, and found that I enjoyed the hot yoga for beginners, good night yoga, power yoga for beginners and yin yoga. There were a couple classes that added some yin yoga in as well, which provided for great variety. Even though I don’t do yoga classes during the summer now, I do still practice my deep breathing, and take some time during the day to close my eyes and relax – outside if weather permits.


Dolores May 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I LOVE hot yoga! I just wish I could do it 5 days a week, also cardio 5 days a week and weight training too!


Meg May 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I just got my certification in the vinyasa flow which sounds very similar to this. I love it too! I love the heat, I love the core workouts and I love the flow. When I skip a few days, my body craves it. I would recommend getting yogi toes instead of using a large towel. I don’t’ know if you have heard of them but they are thin towels that have rubber on the reverse side. It helps the towel stay in place. I usually wet my towel a little bit before class starts to really give it a good stick. They run about $65 at Lulu but you can find them on ebay much cheaper. Hope that helps! I just get the cheap mats at target, they seem to work best for me. (GAIAM)


Lara May 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Hi Angela! I’m passionately in love with my Moksha practice & I also work at lululemon athletica. I would recommend “The Mat” from our company 100% – it’s the grippiest mat I have ever practiced on almost a year after purchasing it, absorbs my sweat in seconds and I get asked “Where can I buy that amazing mat?” at least three times a week. If you don’t mind towels wrinkling up in places and you like extra padding, a towel wouldn’t be a bad idea… But “The Mat” is better than any towel in my opinion. A good thing to know with “The Mat” though is that it works much better (and smells much better) if you soak it in the tub after purchasing it and then let it dry and air out for a few days. Oil-based cleaners clog the pores and could create a sketchy experience, too. It’s thick, heavy and incredibly functional: my mat for life :)


Luv What You Do May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I discovered yoga in grad school (it was the best 90 minutes of the day dedicated only to me)! Recently, I tried my first HOT yoga class. I LOVED it! I wish I was able to get there as often as you. I just invested in a large yoga towel for my mat (which my the way I bought at Target and I LOVE it…plus it’s colorful and gets lots of compliments). Thanks for all the food suggestions. It is hard to find that balance for sure!


Eat Hike Sleep Repeat May 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Wonderful to hear that you have been so taken by yoga! I hit 4-5 classes a week, so I understand you being ‘taken” by it. I need to eat 3 hours before class in order to ensure adequate digestion. Once I was feeling a bit hungry and thought that chia pudding would be harmless enough. It’s light, isn’t it? I think the chia started to swell … It was a very uncomfortable class!


Robyn @ Bliss in Print May 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Kudos on finding a yoga practice that fits into your life and makes sense for your life!! i feel I have found that recently here in Colorado and it has never felt so right!

In regards to yoga mats.. I have been loving “The Mat” from Lululemon. Yes, it is expensive – but I did A TON of research and this one is just amazing! Even when I take workshops in large unfinished studio space with concrete flooring, it is still padded enough that I don’t feel the floor too much :)

Here is the link to my favorite mat!


Gina May 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

What I love about yoga is that it really puts you into your body. I’ve found such an appreciation for my imperfect, yet perfect body. Yoga shows you that you already have everything you need…the teacher is just a guide to find it! I am so happy that you have found a yoga style and studio that you are passionate about. It is such a different experience practicing in a studio and using the energy of the class and those around you for an enhanced experience.

As mush as I love Lulu and recommend luon in any practice, their ultra align mat doesn’t do it for me…and actually I don’t think they are made to last too long. On mine, the rubber began to wear down and flake off. Sine I’ve become a more serious yogi, I invested in a Manduka and absolutely LOVE it! Jade mats are also great…the only downside is they are a bit narrow for my wide shoulders, so when I am in down-dog, my pinkie fingers are off the matt. Also, you can get by with the Align mat if you invest in a yogi-toes or manduka super absorbent towel. I don’t even go to class without one anymore. They key to those towels is that you have to get them a little wet first (with water from your water bottle) or lay them down once your hands and feet get sweaty.


Annabananabomb May 23, 2011 at 12:53 am

Hi Angela,

Just wondering how often you practice? I have been going (but very inconsistently) and, like you, I have found that hot yoga really “clicks” with me. I know that going once is better than not going at all, but I’m just curious to know how often you go!



Kathryn May 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I love my manduka mat. Expensive but last for life which I like. Won’t end up in a landfill. Jade mats are biodegradeable which is good too, but you have to replace them more often.

I DEFINATELY recommend a yogitoes. They changed my practice since I also do a heated room practice.

Yoga is REALLY powerful. Glad you are enjoying it.


Jenna May 26, 2011 at 9:00 am

I would reccomend the Jade mats. I have a the jade travel, which I purchased from Moksha for 50 bucks. They are biodegradable, eco friendly, no PVC and have amazing grip – I don’t need a towel on my mat, even in the vinyasa flow or warrior series. I found that even with a towel on my winners mat I would slip a lot during warrior. Check out their website, they’re really awesome and love the earth :) namaste


alex June 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

hey =)
I’m a certified yoga instructor in Waterloo so it makes me SO!! happy to hear that you’re loving yoga. I couldn’t agree more with it being the missing puzzle piece in life.

After much debate amongst everyone in my yoga teacher training, here are some things we figured out about slippy mats:
1. Give yours a good wipedown first. Most yoga mats come with a protective coating that gets slippy during your practise. You can try cool mixes to wipe it down too, like tea tree oil and peppermint
2. The more you use it, the less slippery they get.
3. Try using one or two face cloths under your hands in poses like Down Dog, if not using a full body towel or a special yoga mat towel (like lulu’s skidless towel, but mainly yoga studios have other brands too) over top of your mat… ESPECIALLY in hot yoga classes.
4. A great yoga mat for slippery hands- lulu’s travel mat. I have a teacher-friend who SWEARS by this… it’s super light to carry around too and one of their cheapest mats.

Hope that helps!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

thanks so much Alex!


Lisa Hughes, PT, RYT 500 August 25, 2015 at 11:40 am

about that mat…I guess this is an older post, but the best non- slip mat out there is called The Original Eco Yoga Mat and you can get it at Barefoot Yoga. It is a natural rubber mat with hemp weaved through. Even the super hot classes won’t require you to put a towel on top! A triangle without a good root system is a back problem waiting to happen! Enjoy and I hope you will stay with your Yoga!


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