6 Tips For Surviving (And Enjoying!) Hot Yoga Classes
You just went into runner’s lunge for what feels like the hundredth time, the sweat is no longer glistening on your forehead — it’s streaming down your face, and your head is swimming. Sounds like a pretty standard yoga class, doesn’t it?
It’s hot yoga of course, and if you went in expecting your average flow, you may have been surprised. The benefits of hot yoga classes are immense, but you’re not going to enjoy them if you didn’t prepare for the class correctly. Here at Yoga Pod Austin, our podHOT class is one of the most popular yoga classes for supplementing individuals’ yoga practices. Get 30 days for only $30 today, and try out hot yoga for yourself! Just make sure to follow these six tips when you do.
1. Bring the Essentials
You wouldn’t show up to an advanced yoga class without the experience, and you wouldn’t show up to a beginner yoga class without a mat. There are just certain things you always bring to yoga classes. For a hot yoga class, the list is a bit different — but nonetheless important.
- Mat – Find out if the studio has them for rent or bring your own
- Face Towel – You’ll be surprised how distracting that dripping sweat can be
- Water Bottle – The more insulated, the better
- Mat Towel – A slippery mat is a hazard, but a mat towel will keep you safe
- Proper Clothes – Now is not the time for your favorite sweats and baggy T-shirt
2. Arrive Early
Hot yoga classes are popular. You’ll always be accepted by your yogamates of course, but showing up two seconds before class starts and having people rearrange mats can be obnoxious. Besides, it’s wise to arrive a bit early and help your body start to acclimate (it’s 105 degrees in there).
3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The whole day leading up to your hot yoga class, you should be drinking that water! Bring your water bottle along and hydrate before, during, and after your yoga class. The heat can be intense, so be prepared.
There’s nothing wrong with taking child’s pose or even savasana if you need to slow your heart rate down a bit. This is true of any yoga class, but it’s essential to listen to your body when you practice hot yoga.
5. Breathe, Breathe, Breathe
Again, this is true of any yoga class. During hot yoga, though, you can get so caught up with the moves and the heat that you forget to breathe! Deep, filling breaths are what will get you through this advanced yoga practice.
6. Be Confident
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve completed your yoga training, don’t forget to be confident. Say goodbye to your insecurities when you walk in the door and commit to your yoga practice.