I typically do not like the heat, so I have always stayed away from hot yoga. I just always thought of it as a bad idea. But, the gym I go to offers hot yoga, and there seems to be a lot of people who do it. So, I thought, I am active, and know how to do yoga, I can do it.
My Steps to Getting Through Hot Yoga:
- I psyched myself up.
- Drank about 64 ounces of water during the day before going at 5:oo pm.
- Made sure not to eat anything 2-3 hours before the class.
- Wash makeup off face before class as not to clog pores.
- Get to class early to acclimate to the temperature.
- Focused on breathing the entire class to distract myself from the crazy heat and sweat.
- Bring large towel to mop up sweat and foot sweat so I wasn’t lunging around and sliding all over the place.
- Drank about 8-20 oz. water during class.
- Drank 21 oz. fluid immediately after class and on the way home with an Emergen-C pack for electrolytes.
- Clean face again with a natural facial cleansing cloth to again avoid clogged pores.
- Eat and cold shower!
So many steps! The class went really well even though I thought I was going to die at about the 20-30 minute mark. Sweat was dripping everywhere. I expected the class to be smelly, but it wasn’t. I left feeling calm, like I got an excellent workout, and proud to display my sweaty face since I made it through.
One other negative: My face still broke out the next day. I asked the aesthetician I work with and she said to make sure I cleanse my face better before and after, and that the air is filled with moist bacteria. Great.
The instructor was excellent and treated the class like a true yoga class and not a gym aerobics class. I truly appreciated this. She also came around with cold scented towels for everyone at the end in final relaxation.
Most people say you burn almost double the amount of calories in hot yoga as you would in a regular hatha yoga class. Who knows. I don’t quite understand how that works. But, I think I was hungrier after.
What I liked best about it was that it got me back into doing yoga again, helped my posture, was calming, and helped me push my limits. I will be back again!