Last week I tried my first infrared hot yoga class and I loved it so much that I booked two more classes for this week. I’ve done hot yoga before, but this was completely different than that experience. This class was at Sweatheory, which specializes in infrared spas, yoga, and vitamin injections. I don’t think I am down to try a vitamin injection quite yet, but the yoga was for sure amazing. In a regular hot yoga class, it is just very hot. The heat usually rises to the top of the room and if you need a break from the heat, you can just put your head down and find some relief. Infrared gives you no relief.
The best way I can describe it is what I imagine it would be like to be microwaved. But like microwaved in a good way. It is hot and there is no end to the heat so you just kind of adapt. The lights are low and there is a giant salt wall in the room that flows from blue to red to green throughout class. The studio space itself is like a sauna. It has cedar plank floors and walls and a door that keeps all the super-hot heat inside. The class I took was a Deep Heated Stretch which could be why I loved it all so much. It wasn’t hard yoga. It was a looooot of stretching and holding poses and while I do love a good workout, I don’t think I could have handled an intense yoga class in that heat. I was so thankful that the most difficult pose to hold was downward dog.
Even with the movement and poses of the class being so light, I still burned close to 200 calories (according to my watch) during the class. I am going to thank the heat and all the sweating for that calorie burn. Because I sweat so much. More than I even knew I could sweat. By the end of class sweat was dripping into my ears and eyes, my clothes were utterly soaked, and every single part of my body was sweating. Even with all the sweating, I loved the class. I loved it so much that I have decided to make it part of my weekly routine. I also decided to buy a yoga mat towel… you know, for all the sweat.
You can shop some of my current yoga essentials below. And PLEASE let me know if you try an infrared class! I would love to know your thoughts!
Always Classy & Confused,
I have never really tried anything quite like this before… but I was really curious, so I figured why not? I had done a teeny bit of research online so I would have a little bit of an idea of what to expect. And I half wish I had some crazy story to share with you now, but the whole experience was pretty chill. The Reiki practitioner I chose to visit also offers massages and other holistic health type things. Her office was located in a more suburban area of Kansas City and she was wholly less eccentric than I had expected.
She had major grandma vibes, which made me feel much more comfortable. We went over what she would be doing; I would be lying on the table and she would lightly put her hands on me to cleanse my energy. She explained that I might feel warm or cold spots, tummy gurgles, twitches, and other things, but that all of this was totally normal. To paint the scene better, the table was a massage table with a plush blanket over the top. The room was small but had a window with drawn curtains, a table-top fountain that supplied a nice sound of bubbling water, soft instrumental music playing, and a lamp that softly lit the room.
I closed my eyes during the whole session and tried to repeat my new and oh-so-relaxing mantra of surrender over and over in my head to remind myself why I was trying this out and that if I wanted to get anything out of it, I needed to be open and surrender to the moment. Very quickly, my feel became cold. In the name of being totally impartial and giving you all the facts, I will say my feet are often cold. Something I couldn’t explain though was a warm feeling in my belly. It felt like I had just eaten really spicy food or drank something too hot (which I hadn’t). I absolutely cannot explain my warm belly. There was nothing on my stomach, no heater or anything like that. It was warm by its own accord.
I had lots of tummy gurgles and a few little twitches and chills throughout the session. After the session was over, the Reiki healer told me that I have a quiet energy and that my knee and feet were cold, which could mean that I am starting down a new path, but don’t totally know what my next steps should be.
I really connected with that analysis as I am feeling a little confused to what my next steps in so many of my endeavors should be.
All in all, I found the session to be interesting and maybe useful. I am feeling a little bit lighter today and am proud of myself for doing something totally new to me. Will I ever go back? Maybe. Would I encourage you to try Reiki for yourself? Yes, totally. If nothing else, you will get a great meditation session out of it.
Always Classy, Confused & Cosmic
In my seemingly never-ending quest for meaning and a bright and beautiful life, I have adopted an “I’ll try anything once” attitude. Recently, I tried out tarot, which is something I have been interested in for a while but have never taken the time to learn more or find someone to do a reading for me.
As a quick disclaimer, I don’t think these types of things are bad. I know people (who probably read this blog… sorry) that would feel as if tarot and other spiritual things get you further away from living in the light rather than closer to it. Something I’ve found really cool about beliefs is that everyone is entitled to their own. While someone might believe something is wrong, another person might find comfort and healing from it. To each their own!! So if tarot is something you would never go near, that’s cool and I totally respect that. But if you are interested in learning more about my experience, read on friend!
Okay so I started digging around the internet for a book all about tarot and how to read the cards you pull. In my search, I stumbled upon a website that offers free readings. I decided to try it out and I am so happy I did! I sent my reader a question “How should I be focusing my time and energy in 2020?” and waited for the reply. It took about a day before I heard back, but my reading was really great.
The reader went over what cards they pulled for me and what each of those cards might mean in my life. The reading touched on my anxiety and how to change things up in 2020. And to top it off, the animal card that was pulled was a cat!! How fitting?!
As a totally logical adult, I know that using cards to plan your life might be a little bit wonky. But as a person open to the magic, wonder, and synchronicities of the universe, I love being shown another reminder of what I already feel is true for me. I have been struggling with anxiety for as long as I can remember (I know so many of us are) and having a random stranger on the internet see where I am at now, and encourage me on my path to better myself feels good to me. I wasn’t told anything I didn’t already know, but I love having reassurance that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
If you want to try this service out for yourself, this is the website I used biddytarot.com
I would love to hear about your experience!
Always Classy, Confused, & a Lil’ Mystical,
I am a firm believer that if you don’t like something, you should try to change it. I can’t say I was always this way. I definitely have spent a lot of time thinking that things are just the way they are and we just have to hope for a change instead of actually make it ourselves (more on that later though). So, when I started to see this tiny wrinkle form in between my eyebrows I freaked out a little bit and wanted so badly to change it. I’m not afraid of aging, I just want to throw that out there. I didn’t make this decision out of fear or anything like that. I did it purely because I wanted to change it.
I know exactly how the aforementioned wrinkle was formed. You see, when I focus in on something, like really, really focus, I bring my eyebrows together so fiercely I could hold a dang piece of paper in the chasm I make. It is deep. It is intense. And let me tell you, it gives me the worst headaches ever. As a writer and a millennial in general, I spend a lot of time staring (squinting) at my computer or phone. It isn’t that I can’t see and need glasses, it’s just that I have a very serious focus face. I focus face when reading, I focus face when driving, I focus face when cooking sometimes because I’m not that great at it.
To sum it up, the focus face gives me a headache and worsens the wrinkle.
So, I started researching how I could make it go away (mainly because of the headaches). I tried blue light filtering glasses, mid-day head massages, over the counter pain meds, essential oils, and anything else I could think of. Nothing really worked and the focus face lived on. The solution that kept popping up that I was a little bit wary of was injections. Like Botox or Xeomin injections. And at first I was like meh, hard pass, I’m not old. But the more research I did, the more this seemed to be the solution I was searching for.
I read about injections for migraines and what could happen if you got these types of injections in your twenties. I watched video after video and finally made the decision that this was what I wanted to do.
I’m giving you this intro because I don’t want anyone to think I randomly saw a small wrinkle and the next day made an appointment to have my forehead frozen. I thought about this a lot before committing to having it done.
I started shopping around for prices and looking at the reviews of medical spas in my area. I wasn’t sure if I wanted Xeomin or Botox, so I wanted to find a place that offered both. My mother-in-law works at Sedalia Aesthetics in Sedalia, MO and I had gotten a facial and countless spray tans done there before. But, this is my face we are talking about here, so I still checked all their reviews before deciding that I could trust the owner, Michelle with the task. Michelle is an RN, which made me feel very comfortable (like if I pass out, she’s got me!!). We talked about my goals (buh bye focus face) and what would be best for me to achieve them. She chose Xeomin for me, which is very similar to Botox, but produced by a different company.
I didn’t need to do anything special before my appointment, I just showed up! We went into one of their private rooms and I sat down on the chair as she got everything ready. I told her I was a little nervous and she offered to play music for me. (Injectibles playlist coming later, for sure) She cleaned off my makeup around the area and sanitized it with a wipe. I then proceeded to move my hair and touch my forehead, so she had to sanitize again… whoops! Michelle had me make my focus face for her and then she got to work injecting the Xeomin. For anyone who is afraid of the pain, it is comparable to plucking an eyebrow hair. The prick kind of hurts, but the pain is gone very quickly. The entire process took maybe 2 minutes. It was so quick and easy! After, I got an ice pack to hold on the area and felt totally fine.
I did have a little bit of a headache as the day went on, but after sleeping, that is totally gone. Michelle gave me instructions for after-care which was really just don’t lay down for four hours and don’t work out. Something that was surprising to me when I started doing my injectables research was that you don’t see the results immediately. It can take a few days to see the full results, so I can’t give you any crazy before and after pictures just yet.
Even though it has only been a day since I got the Xeomin, I can already tell you I am really happy with my decision. I felt comfortable during the whole experience and know that I can reach out to Michelle if I have any questions or concerns. I am super excited to continue going to Sedalia Aesthetics and can’t wait to be able to share it with all of you!
Always Classy & Confused,
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