YOUR HOT YOGA JOURNEY STARTS TODAY
Almost anyone will benefit physically and psychologically from the practice of Yoga. Yoga exercises your body through stretching and your mind through meditation and contemplation.
Hot Yoga is an unique experience. Most intense exercise leaves you feeling beat down and tired but Hot Yoga actually leaves you feeling
better afterwards then you did before. You should leave feeling refreshed,
relaxed, and a little bit like superman (or woman)! There are some things you should know
before attending a Hot Yoga class. Here’s a layout of what you can do so you walk
in your first day feeling prepared and ready for your new adventure!
The day before:
Make sure you are hydrated and well rested. The recommended
amount of water you should drink while taking Hot Yoga classes is one gallon each
day, not following this recommendation can lead to serious health problems. This
seems like a daunting task at first, but I promise we can do it! The key is
consistent water drinking throughout your day. Start first thing in the morning
with a bottle beside your bed! Exhaustion and Hot Yoga don’t mix! Get your sleep
before you practice!
Wear comfortable clothes that won’t weigh you down when
sweaty. A good rule is to dress like you are going to the beach. If you are
comfortable in a 2 piece then a sports bra and shorts are appropriate. Tank tops or tshirts are fine, but baggy clothes should be avoided.
Get to class 20 minutes early if you still need to fill out your
paperwork, 10 minutes early if you have done it ahead of time. Take this time to
find a mat where you are comfortable and start stretching.
It may take several classes before your body adjusts to the heat. The
first session you may just want to sit and watch. Familiarize yourself with the
poses and terminology used at Yoga. If you manage to sit through the first class
then you have reached your goal for that day. Our gut instincts to RUN from the
hot room, so overcoming this reaction is a huge accomplishment.
class you feel dizzy, light headed, or nauseated: take a seat or lay down or
your mat and sip some water. Try your best not to leave the room, but if you
have to please return as soon as possible
Electrolytes are lost when we sweat, so now is the vital time to replenish them. If you like
green tea, it is a great source of electrolytes. If you don’t like green tea-
Gatorade. AND MORE WATER! Go home, and take a shower. It’s very important to use
an exfoliator scrub and rinse with cool water.
Pat yourself on the back! You did something great for yourself today! Make your plan to come again tomorrow. It is important to do your first 2 sessions back to back so that you
start getting used to the heat. If you absolutely can’t make it the next day,
then the day after. If we never adjust to the heat, we would always be miserable
and that is not the idea. You will eventually ENJOY the heat, and miss it when
you practice without it.
The next week
Remember… the best things in life don’t come easily and Yoga is no exception. Hot Yoga demands commitment,
dedication, and sometimes sacrifices. Our practice and our health should be
important to us, and taking 2-3 hours a week for yourself is not too much.
Practice makes perfect right?