There is no denying that there are many benefits to practicing hot yoga, such as detox from the amount of sweat your body produces in a 90 minute Bikram yoga session. The typical setting looks like this: there’s about 15 people in a 105 degree room, in rows of 3, standing on yoga mats covered with a towel, and facing a mirrored wall. Everyone comes (well should if they don’t) with one or two water bottles for maximum hydration, and a small towel to use for excess face sweat.
This is one of the greatest workouts and therapeutic activities you can do. It’s not easy though and it maybe not for everyone. It does get very hot and if you are new to the practice a 90 minute session can feel like forever.
Here is one simple key trick: Just breathe.
You can sit down and relax whenever you want. You don’t have to participate in every pose if you can’t handle it, but you should at least try it for it will definitely help you get stronger, more flexible, and later build a tolerance for the heat.
Once you get into and begin feeling comfortable it is one of the most amazing things you can do for yourself and your body. There are several precautions you should take before entering a hot yoga session.
1. Stay hydrated
You will sweat a lot. Your body needs to be replenished with room temperature water so to play it safe bring 2 water bottles and preferably not plastic bottles because the extreme heat in the room will cause toxic particles to be released into the water bottle and then into your body.
2. Don’t wear makeup or perfume.
Your mascara with run into your eyes and the yogi next to you may not appreciate the scent of your selected Victoria Secret body spray. Be kind to your yogi neighbor and to your skin and just go natural.
3. Rest between poses.
If you begin to feel light headed or dizzy just kneel down and relax for a couple minutes. Keep your eyes open and stay focused on your breathing.
4. Dress accordingly
The dress code at hot yoga is pretty simple actually. You won’t be wearing shoes so when you arrive to hot yoga wear sandals that you can easily slip on and off. If you are a man you should wear a pair of black or dark blue yoga pants. If you are a women wear black or blue yoga pants, a sports bra, and thin tank top.
Reminder: You will sweat so be mindful about the shade of clothing you wear because some colors display sweat more than others (example: grey).
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