(Closed) Hot yoga?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

I’ve done Bikram Yoga, which is a form of Hot Yoga.  I usually don’t do Yoga for exercise, more for flexibility and balance, but Bikram is totally different!  It is a major workout and I think I would be in awesome shape if I did it regularly!  Just make sure you hydrate lots!  The only reason I don’t do Bikram more often is because the sessions are 1.5 hours long–I just don’t have that kind of time!

Post # 4
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I went once and it was very uncomfortable. I think if I had gone a few more times it would’ve gotten better, but definitely the first time was really tough. Bring lots of water and wear shorts and a tank top lol.

Post # 5
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t know if what I do is ‘technically’ hot yoga, it’s called ‘vinyasa flow’ and I just started but the studio is WAY hot and I sweat buckets when I’m there. It really helps me loosen up my (very) tight/inflexible hips, though! And all that sweating has to be good for me! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! and don’t push yourself too hard in the heat or you may end up passed out on the floor… good luck!

Post # 6
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I loved Bikram yoga, but it definitely takes a while to get used to and to get good at. Don’t be discouraged right away. And definitely drink TONS of water, especially leading up to and directly after your class.

Post # 7
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did Bikram once.  I think Bikram is slightly less hot than Hot Yoga and I seriously thought I might die…was having visions of escape while I was trying to focus on my breathing.  I’m in pretty good shape, I play soccer 1-2 times a week and occasionally go running.  But when I was just laying on the ground face down I thought I was going to have a heart attack!  I hear it gets better the more times you go, but it’s just not for me.

It also really pushes your joints farther than they normally go because of the heat.  Be really careful at first and do not try to push things as far as the experienced class-goers.

Post # 8
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I actually just drafted a post about bikram yoga today for my blog.

I think it’s a sham, honestly. You’ll probably lose some water weight, but I was wearing a monitor and I was definitely not getting to any sort of heart rate that would suggest a lot of calories being burned. I think the heat just makes you feel like death which tricks you into thinking it’s a tough workout.

It’s definitely good for stretching, but beyond that, I’m so unconvinced.

Post # 9
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did hot yoga once.  The teacher walked around to all the new students in class and basically told us that we should expect to get light headed and dizzy because of the heat and not to push ourselves and to drink LOTS OF WATER!  And it was hot and I was sweaty, like fresh out of the shower sweaty.

However, after doing it, I felt really refreshed and generally good.

If you’re concerned about whether or not you can do it, I would recommend taking a yoga class first – not hot – and see how you feel about it, after a while check out the hot yoga.  My main concern is the heat itself would be overwhelming and might distract you from your first yoga experience.  I have done yoga before and I was slightly distracted from the heat.

It’s up to you though, and I think it’s worth it if you check it out.

Post # 10
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I do hot vinyasa flow yoga regularly, and I LOVE it.  BUT… be prepared that it will probably take a few classes to really get into it.  Your body needs time to get used to the heat.  In the meantime drink lots of water, take it easy during class, and don’t push yourself.

Now I feel great after class, and I am totally addicted.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Post # 11
6 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

I do Bikram as often as my work/personal schedule allows. 

In addition to a great workout both for your body and soul all the sweating has incredible benefits for your skin.

If I have done Bikram for two days in a row or more my face is just glowing.  My makeup glides on and I feel beautiful.

Post # 12
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I just got back from my Bikram yoga class just a little bit ago! I absolutley LOVE it! The heat bothered me the first 2 times but after that I was fine. You need to hydrate all day, not just before class or during. You should also not eat anything 3 hours before or you will feel sick. I adore my class and go at least four times a week.

Post # 13
3331 posts
Sugar bee

I used to do bikram yoga and have been meaning to get back into it.  I really liked it a lot.  I don’t necessarily know that it helped me lose weight than any other yoga, but I did always feel really cleansed and light after class.  Just make sure you bring a lot of water and continue drinking after class is over.

Post # 14
67 posts
Worker bee

I used to HATE yoga, and would leave class in pain because I am so unflexible. But, I took one hot yoga class and fell in love with it. I am a poor student, so i can afford to  go a few times a month, but boy do I love it!

PS- according to my heart rate monitor, I burn about 650 calories in a 90 minute class- sweet!

Post # 15
468 posts
Helper bee

I have a good friend who swears by doing hot yoga. To me, I hate being hot and sweaty, so its totally not my thing. 

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