Hot Pod Yoga with Lights by TENA

Last weekend I left Dave and the kids to it and took myself off on a  bit of an adventure to that there London town.  I’m not going to deny it, I was looking forward to the train journey itself!  A couple of hours of sitting still, on my own – that’s luxury in my book!
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London bound for #hotyoga – Looking forward to seeing @onelittlebuddha

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So why was I going to London?  Well I’d been invited to take part in a Hot Pod Yoga class with Lights by TENA.  Hot Pod Yoga?  Yes this is yoga in 37 degree heat and whilst I’d been quite nervous about how hot and sweaty it might actually get after a very chilly walk to the venue I was more than happy to cosy up in the pod and get warm!
As you know I’ve only just taken up Yoga and before my trip to London I hadn’t actually practised for a couple of weeks due to a nasty chest infection and a dodgy back (I’m winning at health right now!)  Of course I had expected the session to be pitched very much at the beginner level – remember this is a group of Mummy Bloggers looking to learn about working our pelvic floors, not a collection of hard core, experienced yoga enthusiasts.

Clearly our instructor didn’t get the memo!  It was fast and hard – she actually attempted to get us to balance on just our hands on more than one occasion “” Just pull up through your pelvic floor and lift your hips” – my hips weren’t going anywhere.  This lady was STRONG, my pelvic floor clearly was not.

I must admit I was pretty pleased with how well I did manage to keep up with much of the class and somewhat in awe of how straight & flexible our Molly was.

Once we’d completed (and survived) our Hot Pod Yoga session we were treated to some post yoga snacks provided by Social Pantry – we even ate kale which was a first for me!
 

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Post yoga snacks! Kale & beetroot juice… #cliche #yoga #hotyoga

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My very lovely friend Molly
Munching on kale and looking pretty fresh faced considering!

As we were eating our very healthy snacks it was time to learn a bit more about light bladder weakness.  Ok so it’s not the most glamorous thing to be discussing but that’s the point really, we don’t talk about it.  I was really surprised to learn that light bladder weakness affects around 61% of women.  More than half of us.  In fact more woman suffer from light bladder weakness than do hay-fever.  Interestingly since I’ve mentioned this statistic to a few friends several have admitted that they do indeed suffer with one friend,who shall remain nameless, commenting along the lines of “I can’t even cough these days without coughing my legs”.

Having had three C sections my pelvic floor hasn’t seen quite so much suffering as perhaps it may have done and at the moment bladder weakness isn’t top of my list of concerns . . . but I know I’m not safe, three pregnancies will have taken their toll and at some point I’m likely to know about it.  I know how to do my pelvic floor exercises but I must admit I rarely remember to.  I know at our antenatal classes we were advised to make it habit to do them while the kettle boiled every time we made a brew.  Which is great unless like me you don’t drink tea!  Lights by TENA have created an app called My Pelvic Floor Fitness, designed to not only teach you how to perform pelvic floor exercises but also to remind you to do them.

So if you do suffer from those “little oops moments” – (don’t worry, so do at least half of your friends!) then check out the Lights by TENA range for discreet, comfortable and effective protection.  Bear in mind these are not sanitary towels, just wearing a sanitary towel won’t do the job.  Lights by TENA are designed specifically to cope with the faster flow of urine and will absorb much more liquid at a far faster pace than your average liner or towel.  Give them a try and see for yourself with a free sample – and don’t forget to tell your friends!  They might well need this information too!

*Disclaimer – I was invited to London to attend the Hot Pod Yoga session and learn more about Tena Lights so that I could share this information with you*

47 Comments

  1. February 10, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Looks like great fun if not hard work! Well done you, think I'd have collasped with the heat! ;0

  2. February 10, 2015 / 8:13 am

    Always good to talk about pelvic floor and those little oops moments – it's something that too many women struggle on with silently because there's still a lot of stigma attached to it. That yoga class sounds quite intense – well done for managing to keep up!

  3. February 10, 2015 / 8:14 am

    I'd love to try that, although I can't imagine I'd be the best at it and might just faint!! Lol!
    #triedtested

  4. Beth Twinderelmo
    February 10, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Hats off to you! I refuse to walk anywhere in the summer as I swear my ass off so this to me would be very trying!!!!

  5. February 10, 2015 / 8:47 am

    I'd love to try hot pod yoga, looks like you would feel so good afterwards!

  6. February 10, 2015 / 9:25 am

    I really need to try yoga, it looks so much fun. #triedtested

  7. February 10, 2015 / 9:36 am

    You look fab after your workout. I would probably be lying face down trying to concentrate on breathing after a workout like that, although heat and I don't really mix very well! Interesting stats and information!

  8. February 10, 2015 / 9:45 am

    My husband really enjoyed yoga when he tried it, I'm not so sure it's for me. But you look very fresh after such a workout!

  9. February 10, 2015 / 10:29 am

    You look great after the workout, I just couldn't do it in the heat I don't think but wouldn't mind working more on my pelvic floor!

  10. February 10, 2015 / 11:29 am

    I was invited to this, sad I didn't come but being heavily pregnant doing hot yoga was probably not the best idea (plus husband was away so I would've had a toddler ruining everyones karma haha) You're right though, we don't talk about these things enough, and everyone has oops moments at some point i'm sure! Definitely nothing to shy away from! #TriedTested

    Lauren | Belle du Brighton xx

    • February 10, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      It would have been lovely to meet you but no it would have been awful to do heavily pregnant. The heat would have been hideous for you apart from anything else!

  11. gina caro
    February 10, 2015 / 11:29 am

    I have done Yoga for many years but never heard of Hot Pod Yoga! It sounds really interesting. Going to take a look at their site #TriedTested

  12. February 10, 2015 / 11:37 am

    id love to get into yoga, hot pod yoga sounds really interesting. you are right that it's important that we talk about personal issues like this, it takes away the embarrassment factor which can only be a good thing. #TriedTested

  13. February 10, 2015 / 11:47 am

    They are running hot yoga classes at a club near me, but I can't say it appeals – sounds hot and sweaty and far too energetic for my liking!!!

    #Tried/Tested

  14. February 10, 2015 / 11:47 am

    I am so so gutted i couldn't make this event! … i love yoga but i am not sure i could have done those moves either lol

    • February 10, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      I was gutted you couldn't come too!

  15. February 10, 2015 / 11:54 am

    I do love yoga but never tried the hot version – sounds quite a full-on introduction!

    • February 10, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Yes it was certainly intense!

  16. February 10, 2015 / 11:57 am

    It sounds and look like you had a great time….What an interesting event.
    I've never tried Kale before….lol

  17. February 10, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    I wouldn't make this event – sounds good tho. Happy to say I have had 3 sections too x

  18. February 10, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Aww I love yoga. This looks like a fab event. What did you make of kale? I'm undecided! #triedtested

    • February 10, 2015 / 9:25 pm

      I quite liked it – though I must admit it repeated on me a bit!

  19. February 10, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    Oh hot yoga…I tried this once and once only, I didn't get on with it but I've heard really good things from others. And great to raise this topic that so many women can relate to. I too am a section mum but so many of my friends tell me about the little accidents they have at the most in opportune moments! They laugh about them luckily but maybe I'll share the Tena range with them xx #triedtested

  20. Bean
    February 10, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    Looks like you had a great day and I love crispy Kale. That looks tasty!

  21. February 10, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    Well done! Mummy enjoys a peaceful train journey too! Great photos #TriedTested

  22. February 10, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Must admit I've never attempted yoga before!! I'm not surprised by the bladder weakness facts, I had a weakness even before I had kids #triedtested

  23. Odd Socks and Lollipops
    February 10, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Sounds like good fun, but hard work!!

  24. Chloe Elphick
    February 10, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Yoga looks like lots of fun, I should really give it ago!

  25. February 10, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    hmmm I think I'd just end up laying there and enjoying the heat! I'm a section mum too so no problems yet *touch wood!* but I remember in my early twenties there was a woman at work who used to always tell me and my friend about how we'd always have little accidents by the time we got to her age…terrified us!
    #TriedTested

  26. February 10, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    I'm intrigued to try hot pod yoga – sounds like you have a great time #triedtested

  27. February 10, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    I've never done yoga and I can't imagine doing it in 37 degree heat! You're a braver woman than I! x

  28. February 10, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I've tried yoga, but never heard of hot pod yoga. Also did baby yoga with son2 #Triedtested

  29. February 10, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Ive never tried yoga, I think I should! but in that heart? wow, thats impressive! x

  30. February 10, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Ah I was invited to this too, and I have to say that the hot pod yoga appealed to me! Sounds like a fab day and I LOVE kale too!! x x

  31. February 10, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    I've only ever done pregnancy yoga but hot pod yoga definitely sounds interesting!

  32. February 10, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Yoga is something I really want to get into, I really need to find time for this x

  33. February 11, 2015 / 9:01 am

    I love hot yoga. Never heard it called hot pod but how fun to go to London for it. The one in Manchester is Bikram yoga and I used to work next door to it and I loved it. It has so many benefits to it along side regular yoga. Wonder if there is a hot pod in preston lol Looks like you enjoyed it. Lovely review.

  34. Jo Nicholson
    February 11, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    I used to do quite a bit of yoga when I was a bit younger, although I'm not sure I fancy doing it in the heat! Must be good for you though xx

  35. February 11, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    I started hot yoga a few weeks ago…I'm not good with the heat usually so I was concerned about the 37 degrees but surprisingly it only took 5 minutes or so to get used to the heat. I love the class now and attempt it twice a week! 🙂

  36. Victoria MyLittleLBlog
    February 12, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    oh no thats way too hot for me, hats off to you, you look great on the pic

  37. February 12, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    The only yoga I've ever tried was what came with my WiiFit. I'm not really designed for that sort of bendiness! The heat does sound interesting, if somewhat brutal!
    #TriedTested

  38. February 13, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    I really like the idea of the yoga, I'd definitely give this a go. Never had an oops moment ever! Nope not one. What do you mean it's likely after 3 natural labours ssshhhh! #triedtested 😉

  39. Karen Monkeyfooted Mummy
    February 14, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Yep, I've been in that statistic! 3 pregnancies certainly showed its mark! Hot yoga sounds good (but hard)

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