Here are the things they don’t tell you about hot yoga:
Before your first hot yoga class, you should really paint your toenails. Trust me. You’ll want to have something pretty to distract you from the thought that this is how you are going to die.
It’s hot. I know you must have gathered that much from the name of the class, but it’s really hot. And when the room is that hot and the studio gets really crowded… it smells. Sorry to say it, but some classes make it hard to come back.
You can totally do it. If I can do it, you can do it. Promise.
I started hot yoga two weeks ago and have completed six classes to date. I am not a “yoga person” by any means. I do a couple of yoga classes at my gym here and there, but hot yoga was never something that appealed to me. Standing in one spot and dripping sweat all over myself? No thanks.
I started my hot yoga experiment to see if it would help alleviate my knee pain. So far I have had very positive results, which is one of the reasons why I have forced myself to stick with it. Hot yoga and I kinda have a love-hate relationship at the moment. I think we’re frenemies.
- 2 bunches of beets
- 3 Tablespoons sesame oil, divided
- 1 leek, ends removed and chopped
- 1 Tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tablespoons Bragg's liquid aminos
- salt and pepper, if desired
- sesame seeds for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the greens from the beets and set aside. Chop the beets. Toss beets with one tablespoon of sesame oil and lay flat on sheet pan. Roast for 25 - 30 minutes, turning twice, until beets are tender (but not mushy).
- Chop the beet greens. Add one tablespoon of sesame oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the leeks and sauté for two minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add the the greens and liquid aminos and cook for 15 - 20 minutes, until tender. Add salt and pepper if desired.
- Drizzle beets with remaining tablespoon of sesame oil. Garnish beets and greens with sesame seeds and serve warm.