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These 8 Incredible Tips to Follow While Indulging in Hot Yoga

Hot yoga — which originates from the heated room it's practiced in — is a common and sweating training method.

These 8 Incredible Tips to Follow While Indulging in Hot Yoga

Hot yoga — which originates from the heated room it's practiced in — is a common and sweating training method.

Bikram, Moksha, and heated Vinyasa classes such as Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga are only a few of the common types under the "hot yoga" umbrella, where temperatures range from 90 degrees Fahrenheit to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity (as in Bikram).

The heat helps to relax the muscles, allowing for more versatility and variety in poses. Sweating may also help detoxify and cleanse the body, flushing out waste materials.

Hot yoga mandates concentration and focus, which helps clear your head from every day worries. It can be intimidating as well-but don't worry.

Check this guide, and get ready to sizzle!

1. Bring 2 towels

In hot yoga, the temperatures and movements are built to make you sweat — there's a fair chance you'll drip into your third pose. And while your yoga mat can provide support and cushion, it will not soak up that amount of moisture.

Carry a beach or bath towel over your mat, and avoid slipping and sliding. You may do want to have an additional little towel to clean off during activities and after training.

2. Getting Hydrated

During and after class you will need plenty of water, but also make sure to hydrate well before class. Keep a bottle of water with you all day long, and choose regular, mild sipping or chugging over long gulps.

Drinking water all day long gives your body time until class to consume it; if you don't drink water before you enter the classroom, you won't notice the effects before your class is almost over. During class, then, the sweat you release will drain your body of water that it has not yet processed, which can lead to electrolyte imbalances and cramping.

3. Get Electrified

As with electrolytes, supplementing the water with these electrically charged ions is also smart.

Potassium, sodium, magnesium, chloride, bicarbonate, phosphate, and sulfate are major electrolytes. When you sweat, you lose electrolytes, particularly potassium and sodium, and that loss can cause muscle cramps, confusion, and fatigue. Athlete drinks contain electrolytes, but sporting goods stores also carry powders or tablets that transform your plain old water instantly into electrically charged power water.

Hot Tip: Maintain it Cold Ice

Usually, it's not encouraged to consume ice-cold water during physical activity because your body processes liquids below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit inefficiently (below your normal body temperature), but if you're heading for hot yoga, you might want to bring water close to freezing. The room temperature will warm your water instantly, so it will get too hot by the end of class unless it is ice cold to start. Bringing super-chilled water can ensure a temperate (not tea-like) drink is available when you need it.

4. Dress up light

Hot yoga isn't a place to worry about your looks. Dress for comfort, and minimize body heat and weight. The lighter and more available, the better — ladies, consider a sports bra and shorts; guys could be your best choice only for shorts or swimming trunks.

Don't think about the fancy hair or lipstick. You are probably going to sweat too much to make matters worse. Keep your hair clean and pulled back, and maybe add a headband to keep your face off sweaty fibers.

5. Eat before training, just not too much

It is important to have two to four hours of eating before your class. The body will need the strength, but within an hour of hitting the mat try not to eat something, as the combination of heat and exercise will make you nauseated.

Pick something light like fruit or nuts if you need to eat right before class. In the middle of the series, anything heavy could cause you to cramp or feel sick — not the funniest or most productive way to practice!
These 8 Incredible Tips to Follow While Indulging in Hot Yoga

6. Get to it early

While you know what 95 degrees feel theoretical, the temperature is still going to be a shock to your system. Get there 10 to 15 minutes early just to sit in the studio and let your body adjust to the sun. It is especially important to change the time for your first few lessons.

As you warm your muscles, relax, and mentally prepare for the upcoming session, sitting in the studio for a few minutes will also give you time to decompress from the "real " world.

7. Stop and Breathe

In hot yoga, you can sometimes feel lightheaded or overwhelmed, particularly if this is your first time. It's important to push yourself, but if you're feeling depressed or sick it's also great to take a restorative posture like Child's Pose or Corpse Pose. Resting allows the body an opportunity to calm down and adapt to the heat and exercise.

Even if you're never sitting out during other yoga lessons, note that hot yoga is another beast that could take a completely different approach.

8. Then wrap up

You'll want to dress for the class moderately, but make sure you pack up and stay warm afterward. The outdoor air will feel colder than the humid, hot yoga studio, and it is easy to get chilled or tight unless it is high noon on a summer day.

Bring along an outfit for post-yoga. Your workout wear will get soaked, and clean, dry, warm clothes will be needed to protect your body from the elements.

Don't just sweat it!

Hot yoga is a tastefully challenging yoga form. But don't let the harsh essence of it scare you off! There are several advantages to exercising in a warm environment and those who stick with the hot stuff always find themselves stronger and more comfortable than ever.

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