(Closed) Hot Yoga and beginners?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Totally do-able! My very first yoga class was in a Bikram-certified studio- 90 minutes, 105 degrees, 70% ( i think) humidity, and stinky, sweaty people playing Simon Says with a half-dressed hot body instructor.  I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and drank like a fish (I was a month out of a divorce with my ex).  I walked in and wanted to walk right back out!

But I didn’t.  

That was 4 years ago, and hot yoga is my FAVORITE workout, favorite stress relief, my favorite way to remind myself that my body is good to me.  Feeling my body move and bend in ways that I didn’t think were possible for me, holding poses until I thought my legs were going to give out, and then making it to the final savasana (the part where you get to lay down for 5 minutes at the end) were different that anything I’d ever felt.

If you’re doing a “hot flow” class, it will be more gentle than Bikram.  If you’re at a good studio, they’ll remind you often to only push your body as far as it tells you it wants to go… no further.  Try to soak in the moment and let anything and everything else fall away for the time you’re there.  And sit down if you get tired.  Nobody’s judging you- trust me, they’re too busy trying to hold their poses.  

You don’t have to have any athletic ability to do it, and it could be an awakening to how awesome your body is. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Helper bee

hey! hot flow is seriously my favourite type of yoga, as you work within the constraints of your body, while still getting an amaaaazing workout.

you will sweat an insane amount in this class, so make sure to bring

a) LOTS of water. or a water bottle; most facilities have a fountain to fill it up in there.

b) a towel

c) minimal clothing. anytime i’ve gone in a sports bra and capris, i find myself wishing i’d worn shorts. if you want, feel free to wear a tshirt/beater over a sports bra to start, but i would reserve the option of taking it off later. 

d) shower stuff (this might be a given for you, but i usually wait to shower later – with hot yoga, you’ll feel the need to shower right. away.)

e) change of underwear — they WILL be drenched by the end of it.

 

in terms of actually doing it…

try to push yourself to do everything, but listen to your body. there’s always more basic and more advanced variations, so listen to the instructor and do what you’re capable of, rather than what your friends are doing. remember that yoga is about self-improvement. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It has been the ONLY thing that ever really made an impact on my body image.  And I have serious body image issues.  I feel at my most beautiful and most powerful when I’m flexing every muscle i have and trying to bat my eyelashes so the sweat won’t drip directly INTO MY EYE. Anybody else would look at the lot of us and say, “GROSS!!!” But they don’t know how in tune with my body I am in that moment. It’s the best. 

Wear yoga shorts, not pants. Better to show too much skin than to be too hot. Something that is snug, ’cause if your leg is up in the air- you don’t want any space between your lady parts and your clothes giving anybody a free show.  And a tank top with a sports bra underneath.  Keep the ladies secure. The last thing you want to be worrying about is adjusting your clothes πŸ™‚

Bring a bottle filled with mostly ice and some water… it will melt fast.  I prefer diluted vitamin water or coconut water, in case I get a little dizzy the sugar helps.  No shoes in the room, they’ll probably ask you to take them off as soon as you step in the studio. 

And I can’t emphasize enough how little anyone else in the room cares about your posing, or weird faces, or slippery hands.  Yoga is a very selfish thing, for me anyway.  My yoga time is the only time I can justify not caring one little bit about anyone else around me. πŸ™‚  Be honest with the instructor though if she asks if it’s your first time, he/she will keep an eye on you to make sure you’re not doing anything that could cause you pain. 

 

Have fun, and come back and tell us how it is!

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Be sure to tell your instructor that you’re a beginner. There are lots of modifications you can do to help your body get used to yoga. It’s really a fantastic workout, but can be very grueling. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@starbuckslover- YES!  Forgot the towel.  Candace, find out if the studio provides mats and towels, most do but there’s  small rental fee involved.  You’re going to need that towel b/c your mat gets awfully slippery. 

 

I totally want to go do yoga right now.  It’s 11:00 pm, lol.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m really new to hot yoga, but I would say that all of the pp are spot on. The studio I go to is fantastic. They really encourage any age and any size to do it. If I don’t get enough water, I’ve gotten dizzy and had to stop and just stand on my mat, but I didn’t feel like anyone was judging.

Really take advantage of the self reflection and completely ignore others around you – even your friends. I hope you like it. 

Post # 13
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926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

YAY!!!  I’m so happy for you!  It really was a life-changing experience for me, and it makes me super happy to hear about people who also have discovered how awesome it is. 

You should be seriously proud of yourself, that first class is always the toughest! 

 

If your Fiance really wants to try hot, maybe you guys could bring extra towels and go to the front of the class, that way you’re not looking at anybody else’s booties.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

One thing, if you start doing hot yoga a lot, you might start breaking out or start smelling funny for a bit. Every single one of my friends who do/did hot yoga reguarly said they had one or both of these problem after a couple weeks, but it eventually went away. With the yoga itself and the heat and humidty, a lot of toxins come out through your pores and can cause breakouts or can make you have stinky sweat for awhile. The smoker friends were the worst for the stinky part.

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