Post # 1
So I am officially bored with my current workout routine, and in need of something new…I just switched gyms, and my new gym offers hot yoga, so I figured why not? They have an intro class I’m going to try…
Any bees hot yoga fans? What do I need to know? Should I drink a ton beforehand? I’m used to more of a boot camp-style workout…will this be a comparable challenge? Show me the way!
Post # 3
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@sara_tiara: bring a washcloth to wipe your sweaty face, and a water bottle!
Post # 4
Bring a towel, freeze your water beforehand (like half the bottle and half not, so that you can still drink in the beginning), and it’s completely different from boot camp – a MUCH more relaxing workout. Most hot yoga is hatha yoga done in heat, so that you do the same 26? poses twice in a row (you do them all, then repeat them all again). I LOVE hot yoga, it’s my fave workout. I wish there was one closer to my house where I live now. It’s not exactly something you can easily replicate at home lol. Enjoy!
Post # 5
I’m a big fan of Bikram, which is a style of hot yoga. My advice: hydrate really well before hand (but not so much that you have to pee in class!), bring a large half frozen water bottle, a large beach towel to cover your yoga mat so you don’t slip and have fun! Hot yoga is addicting, and it’s cool that your gym offers it.
Post # 6
My tips would be:
1) Expect this to be challenging in a different way than a cardio intensive workout like boot camp.
2) It will likely take a few classes before hot yoga clicks for you. Be patient and give it a shot. It may not feel like work the first time you try it. In yoga, Iv’e usually found that means I’m doing it wrong. Go for a few classes and you’ll figure it out.
3) Drink plenty of water before and after. Depending on how how (Bikram’s for example, is 105 degress) you may want an electrolite drink like a coconut water afterwards.
4) Brnig a towel to cover your mat.
5) Try not to drinnk too much water, or too cold water, while in the room. It is kind of shocking for your system.
6) Try to go somewhere with a legit yoga instructor and methodology. Some gyms are great for this. Some are really awful.
7) You’ve probably got a “put it as hard as you can” mind set from bootcamp style workouts. Put that to the side to avoid injuries. It’s really easy to hurt yourslef in yoga and it takes longer than you’d think to develop the form. Don’t be fooled by people saying yoga is so gentle and healthy – yoga is terrible for causing injury when you push too far too quickly.
8) Be open to help from your instructor and don’t be shy to tell them it’s your fist time.
Good luck! I hope you like it!
Post # 7
If you feel dizzy don’t be afraid to lie down. It took a couple of times for my body to get used to exercising in the heat. It will be challenging in a different way than bootcamp. I always feel so cleansed after hot yoga.
Post # 8
You will probably feel like dog poo for the first couple of classes! Just know that and don’t give up 🙂 It’s a really great a different kind of work out, and extremely healthy and effective!
I often get pounding headaches which mean I’m dehydrated after the class. So it’s important to drink water before, during, and after! But not so much that you feel sick. Otherwise don’t feel pressured to finish the class, lay down whenever you want!
Post # 9
I practice a style of hot yoga called Moksha. I prefer it over Bikram (because its not so rigid. In Moksha teachers can offer modications, adjustments and arent stuck to following the same exact poses and sayingsame script over and over).
I agree with PP on their suggestions. Get hydrated before and be sure to eat something at least 1.5 hour before that will give you energy for the workout. Defintely bring a mat towel, a semi frozen bottle of water. Most important take your time, dont concern yourself with what others are doing, and do not be afraid to simply lie down. My first hot yoga class (which was Bikram) had me questioning my sanity. I didnt go back for six months because I was so tramatized. Expect that it will be hard on you body but I promise you it gets easier. Commit to doing it a minimum of 3 times, preferably in a row to get used to it. I now love it.
Post # 10
@sara_tiara: Bring an extra towel to cover your car seat. You will be SO sweaty, I was literally drenched in sweat. And I never wanted to change after because I don’t see a point in getting two outfits sweaty just for the drive home.
Post # 11
I love hot yoga, I practice moksha. I am a runner and avid body pumper so for me hot yoga is more about relaxation and stretching then it is “working out”. I guess it’s just a different type of working out! : ) Bring plenty of water, a big towel (for your matt) and a small one to wipe away any sweat, go in with an open mind and be prepared to lay down if you start to feel dizzy! Hot yoga is an incredible experience – enjoy!
Post # 12
@sara_tiara: did u try it yet?? how did u like it?
Post # 13
I love Bikram Yoga. I do it daily. I started back about 8 years ago at the headquarters.
I always tell people who are trying it for the first time to drink plenty of water the day before.
Of course, don’t eat a few hours before.
What helps me from getting dehydration headaches was drinking a packet of Emergen-c before a session. And then one after.
Post # 14
i do a lot of heated vinyasa yoga, and it is amazing. The big thing I would recommend is to remember its okay to go to child’s pose if you are feeling dizzy or need a break:)
Post # 15
@futuremrsk18: ugh, we moved this weekend and some unanticipated complications came up, so we’re actually going together tomorrow….this tips are amazing ladies, thank you!! I’ll let you know how it goes!!
Post # 16
Drink lots of water before you go! But not like *right* before you go, just make sure you hydrate well today and before you go tomorrow. I agree with bringing a towel so you don’t slip on your mat, and a wash cloth for your face, you’ll sweat a lot!! I seriously love hot yoga, and I’m sad that there’s not a good place to go to classes where I live. 🙁