Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hot Yoga 101

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. However, I was given products in exchange for a product review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

A couple of months ago my town entered this century and opened a yoga studio. Big deal folks. I had always wanted to try a hot yoga class and jumped at the opportunity to test it out at the local studio (local people check out Evolation Yoga). I expected the class to be challenging and of course hot (duh) but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I put together this post to help any of you out thinking about taking a class. Now that I'm prepared I love hot yoga!


hot yoga 101





What to Expect

I'm a fairly active person so I had pretty low expectations for the intensity of my first class. BIG MISTAKE. First of all nothing, I mean, nothing is easy when you're in a 105 degree room. In my opinion the poses were not that difficult but the combination with the heat made it an intense workout. 

This may go without saying, but expect to sweat ALOT. I have participated in sports and other workouts my entire life but have never experienced the flow of sweat like in hot yoga. But it's so refreshing knowing all the toxins are leaving your body. 

Don't expect to be able to do everything in class. They call it the practice of yoga for a reason. You will get better over time.






You should expect to be outright exhausted by the end of the class. After my first class I just laid on my sweaty mat for a few minutes praying for energy to get up! However, the benefit is you should expect to sleep like a baby. After every class I sleep so well and wake up refreshed and rested. 

What You Need

1. Yoga mat: Honestly, any yoga mat will do. However, I will tell you that all mats are not created equal. My first couple classes my mat turned into a slip in slide about half way through class. It's inevitable that your mat will become sweaty but it also makes it even more difficult to hold your poses when your hands and feet are slipping. I was so excited when Aurorae offered to send me their Synergy No Slip Yoga Mat. This mat has all the benefits of a sturdy yoga mat with the edition of a towel surface. No more slips! It seriously makes a big difference. Everyone in my class has been so jealous of the mat and want one! 


2. Clothing: You don't need any fancy yoga clothes but I would suggest a light breathable material. I usually wear yoga leggings and a fitted razorback top. Check out Aurorae's cute and functional line of tops and bottoms. 

3. Towel: A towel is a necessity for me during class. I can't take sweat running down me or getting in my eyes. You can use a regular bath towel if you wish or a thinner lightweight one such as this microfiber towel.

4. WATER: You will feel like a camel during and after class. You lose so much water from sweating during class it's essential to rehydrate. Try to drink at least a bottle during class and one after. 


Tips

I'm by no means a yogi or expert but from my limited experience I've found these two tips essential! This may be a no-brainer but it is so important to shower ASAP after class. Not only will it alleviate your stank you have brewing but it also will prevent irritation and heat rashes. During hot yoga while you sweat your body is ridding itself of toxins. Well...those toxins lay on the surface of your skin if not washed off causing chafing, discomfort, and rashes. After my first week of class I developed a heat rash around my waist band and it was not fun. 

Yoga works muscles that you never even knew you had so you will likely be sore the next day. Everyone always preaches about stretching, and I'm the first to want to skip it too, but it's a necessary beast to beat soreness. Aurorae sent me their Pain Cream Healing Relief Roll-On and I was so impressed. The cooling menthol soothes sore aches and pains and it's easy to just roll on your target spots.   

Hot yoga is now one of my favorite workouts! It's so rewarding to push yourself outside your comfort zone and push your body to its limit! 


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Do you practice hot yoga? Please share your tips! 

12 comments:

  1. I have been terrified to try hot yoga! I am terrified of heat and yoga in general. But the sleep thing intrigues me! And I love those workout clothes!

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  2. I went to a few hot yoga classes. I'm so type A though I just feel like I'm cut out for hot yoga...I can't clear my mind and focus on my breathing because I'm too busy thinking about my to-do list haha.

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  3. I haven't made the leap into hot yoga because I'm too afraid I'll pass out. Whenever I get hot like that I get so dizzy! But, I do agree that feeling all those toxins leave your body would be worth it!

    Penn&Quill || Robin

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  4. I have really wanted to start doing yoga but just don't know where to start...I think I may try something a little less intense though before I jump into Hot Yoga

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  5. I did hot yoga for about a year but it's very very expensive near me- $450 every 3 months or $1500 for the year. I wore the regular yoga leggings & shirt to my first few classes but eventually just wore a sports bra and those little yoga shorts. I didn't feel self conscious as all bc that's what almost everyone else had on. Guys just wore gym shorts. You're so much cooler, and the class is a lot easier! I'd drink AT LEAST 5 bottles of water before class (at 4pm)- just keep refilling it all day. I really did love it, I went 5 days a week, but it was way too expensive for me =( Enjoy!

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  6. I've been to hot yoga once and only once. I wasn't prepared for it and didn't know what to eat before, so I had soup.

    Got to class, felt hot and cold (like I was getting sick), had to lie down a few times during class. Left class, made it all the way home, then threw up in my driveway. Haha hot yoga isn't for everyone :)

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  7. I love yoga but have never tried hot yoga! As someone who gets heat headaches, I don't know if this would be good for me haha. Nothing better than feeling the toxins drain from your body though!

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  8. I've always wanted to try hot yoga! So glad you're enjoying it!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  9. Love these tips! I practice yoga twice a week, but have always been nervous about trying hot yoga. I'm sure it would be an amazing workout :)

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  10. You are braver than I am! I don't mind sweating if I'm doing something like playing softball, but I can barely focus in regular yoga - I can't imagine doing it while pouring sweat!

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  11. I love hot yoga. I wish we had something close to us.

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