Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Why I Love Hot Yoga

On my journey to completing yoga teaching training, I’ve been trying to attend at least one hot yoga class a week. There are a couple of reasons for this that I wanted to share with you, which will hopefully encourage you to try hot yoga if you haven't already:
It’s a completely detoxifying experience
The amount your entire body sweats feels like a total cleanse. 
As soon as I’ve finished the class, I can go nowhere except for immediately home, to rip off my clothes and jump in the shower.

Your body becomes more flexible
It’s easier to move, stretch and bend safely into poses that you may not be able to do otherwise, and within just a few classes you will notice that your body has changed.
It’s more challenging
If you’ve ever been worried about yoga not being a good enough workout for you, then you haven’t tried hot yoga. In the heat, your heart rate is faster and your breathing gets heavier. It's a more intense workout. 
It’s worth the money
I’ve had a lot friends tell me that yoga is too expensive to do, and it can be. A drop in fee at some studios can be as much as $20, whereas as an average drop in fee at a gym is only about $10.
But hot yoga is not something you can do on your own or at just any gym. You need to be in a specific temperature and humidity, in a specialied studio that you can’t get at home or at just any 'ol fitness centre.
If you are planning on going to a hot yoga class for the first time, be prepared. 
There are a few things I wish someone had told me before I went to a hot yoga class for the first time, and while some of them may seem obvious, I wanted to share them with you anyway:
Bring Water
Fill up and pack the biggest water bottle you have around. It’s going to be hot, and you will be sweating out lot water.
Wash off all of your face and eye makeup
Your pores will be opened and you will be dripping sweat. To get the most health benefits for your skin and to prevent any breakouts, make sure your face is freshly cleaned. Take off all of your eye makeup too, so it doesn’t end up running down your face or into your eyes blinding you.

If possible, wear clothes that absorb and don’t show sweat
Basically, don’t wear a grey cotton tank top. You're entire body will be dripping sweat.

Take it easy
It takes practice to be able to do all the poses in the class to your fullest potential  in a room that's 31+ degrees Celsius. If you put in one hundred per cent effort without pratice or being prepared, you could end up feeling lightheaded, and it could be dangerous. 

Pace yourself and don’t overdo it the first time you go to a hot yoga class, especially at the beginning. Some classes are 90 minutes long, so start off slow and easy to conserve your energy throughout the entire class.

Thanks for reading,

Lisa