Hot Yoga is a trend these days and almost every Yoga studio offers the possibility to take a hot class as well. Some say that it facilitates stretching while also increasing the motion rage and removes toxins as well. What matter the most is that you stay safe and feel comfortable during such a class so here’s what you should do.
First of all, decide if this is for you
It’s common sense to take some time and think if this kind of exercise is the right way to go for you. It can get pretty uncomfortable so if you suffer from blood pressure or get dizzy quite easily, then you should probably skip this kind of exercise.
Skip the perfume
Before going to a hot yoga class, you should think about the person sitting next to you during that class. If you’re emanating a strong smell of perfume, it might get uncomfortable for them. Also avoid lotion as it will be slippery enough.
Buy a good towel and chamois
All the sweat during class will turn every surface into a very slippery one. That’s why you should always have proper, quality equipment and the mat you’re sitting on plus the towel are the most important in this equation.
Know your limits
During hot yoga it may feel easier to stretch your body beyond normal limits since the muscles are warmer. You should always be aware of your body’s limitations and never stretch to the point of pain.
Know when to stop
Whenever you feel a bit dizzy or lightheaded just take a quick break, go out for some fresh air and then decide if you can continue the exercise or not. There’s no point in fainting in the middle of a class because of effort and heat.
Hot Yoga usually has designated water breaks, however, you must make sure that you start the class with the proper amount of water in your body. Running out of water, even if for a few minutes can lead to bigger issues.
Respect personal space
You’re in a room full of sweaty people that are trying to push their bodies into all sort of positions. This doesn’t mean personal space is irrelevant and that you shouldn’t be careful with the ones around you.
Just like any other physical activity, hot yoga will take a lot of your energy. So make sure you eat properly and also keep an energy bar with you for those breaks.
Get to know your body
As soon as you know how far can you push your body, there will be no difficulties on determining the point where you should probably call it a day. Yoga injuries are a real thing and you can stay away for months if you’re not careful.
Choose the proper clothing
The fabric of what you wear is a key factor in ‘surviving’ a hot yoga class. Indeed, the whole point is for the temperature to be high, however, if you have quality clothes, the level of discomfort drops.
In case you never tried hot yoga before, these tips will help you have a better first run at this very interesting form of exercise. Good luck!