Post # 1
Anyone do it?
I tried it this morning today for the first time and mmm I dunno. People in the class told me how I would love it. On 3 ocassions I thought I’d pass out and had to stop (on yoga exercises that I’d never had problems with ) so I felt like I didn’t do much. During it I got a headache which is still with me now at 5:00PM
One of te ladies says it get’s better…
What do you see in it if you love it and is my reaction normal?
Post # 3
I’m pregnant, so I can’t do hot yoga right now. I miss it so much!
No, you shouldn’t have a headache. It’s very important to hydrate before you get to class. I mean a lot. You’re going to sweat like crazy. Drink during class, of course, but small sips sit better than gulping water.
Take a break when you need to, and be very careful not to push yourself. A good teacher will remind you to respect your body’s limits. They’ll tell you to pause, and lie down if you’re not feeling good.
As I practiced more often, I found I tolerated the heat better and better.
That said, it’s not everyone’s cup of (really hot) tea. I’d give it a few more tries if I were you and make sure you drink a ton of water before, during, and after. But if it’s not enjoyable…eh, there are a ton of other things out there that are fantastic exercise!
Post # 4
@Atalanta: I personally love hot yoga, and have been practicing for a few years. You should not have a headache, but my guess is that you were not properly hydrated, and then became even more dehydrated, resulting in your headache.
Next time, drink lots of water beforehand, and be sure to have a full bottle with ice cubes in it for the practice. Hot yoga is not for everyone, but don’t let your first experience stop you from trying again. Listen to your body, and take a break in child’s pose whenever you need it. Don’t worry about what the person next to you is doing. Yoga is all about you.
Another tip I found helpful when I started was to get there early, and if possible, sit in the warm room for 10 minutes and let your body acclimate.
Post # 5
You know, I tried it….yeah, not for me….I don’t do well in extreme heat, and as much as I like yoga, an extreme yogi, I am not. I felt like I was going to drop a couple of times during the whole thing, and to me, that’s my body trying to tell me that this is not going well, at all…..so I branched out and found something else, because life’s hard enough, you know?
Post # 6
I had the same reaction – almost passed out! My friends all love it, so I feel like a slug because I HATE it. I don’t mind the yoga. It’s just too hot!
Post # 7
I have no desire to try it even though everyone keeps telling me how amazing it is. I cannot workout in the heat like that and I worry I might sweat, drip on my mat, slip and end up hurting myself lol
Post # 8
I love it. I don’t do it very often but it really helps with my flexibility and I love to sweat!
Post # 9
@sweetchiquita12: OMG the sweat! everyone was sweating buckets. The floors afterwards were soaked. Yeah that was kinda gross. I could live with that, I’m just not conviced that it’s actually good for you.
I love being in a sauna, but excercising in one is a whole differnt story.
Post # 10
I used to do Bikram all the time. I would always get headaches and feel dizzy when I went back to hot yoga after taking a break from practicing on a regular basis. It would take me about two weeks of consistent classes to get back to a place where I felt “comfortable”.
I stopped because I didn’t like the studio near my apt after we moved and I heard conflicting information about it. Yes, it’s good to flush your body of toxins through sweat but I’ve also heard that some people’s bodies get used to the heat and can only be flexible in extreme heat. In the end, it wasn’t for me.
Post # 11
@maplemag: what do you mean by consistent? like how many times a week did you have to go to feel comfortable?
Post # 12
@Atalanta: I think it was 3-4 times a week. One of the owners of the studio kept telling me I needed daily practice to get over my sick feelings.
Post # 13
I tried it a few times and hated it and recently gave it another shot. I did a class 5 days in a row and felt really good. I felt like it increased my energy and improved my mood. I haven’t been in a few days and now I am itching to go back!
Post # 14
I love bikram, but know it’s not for everyone. Make sure you’re wearing tight fitting clothing that’s breathable, bring a towel, and a water bottle. I also try to have a light snack an hour before class. I know a lot of people like to drink coconut water. Try to avoid heavy or acidic food. Take breaks, go into child’s pose if needed. The important thing is to listen to your body.
Post # 15
I really love it. Make sure you drink plenty of water before & during. You shouldn’t be dizzy or light headed, if you were, I would say you were probably not hydrated.
Post # 16
I hated it. It made me dizzy/woozy. Just too much!