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Tips on how to get started with a Hot Yoga Practice

October 5, 2019

 

Hot Yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. Here are some tips on how to get started:

  • Embrace the process of sweating because sweating cools the body through the evaporation process, students should be encouraged “to avoid becoming distracted in their practice by constantly wiping sweat from their skin, which, from a safety perspective, can lessen the amount of evaporative cooling that occurs, resulting in retained body heat and an increased risk of dehydration and overheating.”

  • To deal with the heat, it is advisable to drink plenty of fluids before and after class. Drinking at least 16 ounces of water two hours before class, drinking frequently during the practice if needed, and consuming 20 to 40 ounces afterward for every hour of exercise. Rehydrate with an electrolyte-rich drinks like Vitamin Water, Natural Coconut Water, or plain old Lemon or Lime added to water. You can also buy packs of  Vitamin “C”

  •  If you are not eating enough that can cause you to lose energy during a yoga practice. Make sure you have a good diet, and enough burning calories to do a vigorous Hot Yoga class. In the beginning if you are out of shape and have lots of toxins stored in the body that can start coming out during sweating you might feel sick as byproduct of cleansing.

  • Practicing yoga in a heated room has multiple benefits, such as increased flexibility and helps in flushing toxins out of the body. “Tolerating the heat is really an athletic challenge.” It’s true – Hot Yoga can help you lose weight, but it builds endurance and stamina as well.

  •  Exhausted during a yoga class “I’m huffing harder than a serial killer.” It’s true, each posture is hard work. You might get extremely tired, but you just have to keep trying and exerting your best effort. However, it is also very important to listen to your own body. If you are feeling too dizzy and light-headed, it’s okay to kneel or lie down until you feel more balanced. During my first couple of Hot Yoga classes, I felt like I was about to throw up. I didn’t. I simply sat or lie down on my mat until I felt better. Eventually, I learned when to push myself and when to take a break. 

  • Aacclimate and modify, come regular to class. If you’re new to hot yoga or if you’re returning after a break from it, give your body time to adjust. “Your initial exposure to heat should be slow going. You may want to just sit still during portions of your first few classes. Start by holding poses for a fraction of the time the teacher suggests, and build your endurance gradually with each session.

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