Ooooh.... I need to look into getting one of those towels!!!
Kashii- that is way cool about the hot yoga AND about the coconuts! I live in Houston, Texas so here in a few weeks I'll be able to do my Bikram outside. Right now I do it in my bathroom and get the room to about 100 degrees and 80% humidity and I slip and slide unless I put a towel on my mat.
Y&B - now that i've been doing my humid yoga for a week, I have gotten used to the sweat and YES! I actually enjoy the feeling!! (Plus, I get to save even more on electric by taking a cooler shower afterwards and not needing to heat as much of the water! *lol*) It just tickles sometimes as it runs everywhere. I had all these droplets on my shins today. Well, everywhere, but the video I did had lots of forward folds, so I kept seeing my shins :)
SPOORK - thanks for the brand tip! I guess I don't know much about mats - I don't even know what a "closed cell mat" is! Time to research :)
I use Manduka's eQua towel. I highly recommend it. I don't know how I ever practiced Vinyasa without it. It's completely changed my yoga. I have extremely sweaty hands and have always had trouble with slipping, even in the beginning of class. I don't slip at all with the towel. The towel doesn't have rubber nubs like Yogatoes, but it doesn't move at all on my mat and actually adheres better to my mat than the Yogatoes towel did. I know a lot of people love Yogatoes, but I wasn't impressed with their towels. They don't work well on closed cell mats, which is the kind of mat that I have. I had problems with it gathering and bunching up during my classes, and had some problems with slipping in the beginning of class (this can be solved if you wet/spray the mat before using it). You might also want to check out YogaRat towels. I haven't tried them, but I've heard very good things and they're much cheaper than Yogatoes and Manduka towels.
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Yogatoes towels don't have much of a nap, it has a silicon underside which sticks to the mat. They are also expensive. Ugh. In my class, besides seeing these yoga-mat-towels, one sees plain-old large towels on top of a mat. Or, a smaller towel just used on top of the mat in critical places at critical times. Since the yoga-towel isn't perfect, perhaps just try out what you've already got. Even with the Yogatoes, I do a lot of slipping. My downward dog is not as spread out, my hands being too near to my feet, and my hands often slide as well The sticky mat is way better than a towel.
Have fun with the naturally occurring hot and humid yoga!
We do! :D I am super excited to move in to our new home (we are still in temporary apartments) But the house we're moving in to has a row of coconut trees that, thanks to the level of the landscaping, grow coconuts exactly at my shoulder height (they are down on a hill, and when I stand in the lawn at the wall, I can just reach out and grab 'em!)
We also will have citrus trees, so I am thrilled that I can do some "hot" yoga, then grab some coconut water with a squeeze of citrus in it :)
Thanks for the towel tip!! Anything specific I should look for in the yogitoes twoel? Are there different kinds? Or how to know if I'm getting a good quality one?
I started a hot vinyasa flow practice 3x/wk about 7 months ago. The temperature is just under body temperature, about 95*F. I use a Yogitoes towel on top of my mat. Although I sprinkle some water on the head and foot of the towel, I find it too slippery to use at the beginning of my practice. After 15-20 minutes, my mat alone is way too slippery and I add the towel.
I love practicing with the high heat and humidity. I like the idea of taking advantage of your climate rather than it beating you. Nice.
After 60-90 minutes of hot yoga, it's important to not only drink water but to also consume lots of electrolytes. I drink coconut water. Hey, do you have fresh, green coconuts in Saipan?
I have never taken a hot yoga class, so I am looking for some tips on yoga in the heat.
Currently, due to the insane cost of electricity here, I try not to run the air conditioner much. This includes my morning yoga practice. (I figure people pay good money to take hot yoga classes, right?! I get it free in my own home!)
The humidity runs about 80% here right now, and my room gets up to a good 87-90 degrees F in the morning.
And the sweat drips like crazy!
I don't know if it's just best to have a towel handy and continually wipe off my feet/hands/back/knees and mat, or if there's another trick. I didn't want to keep interrupting my flow to mop the mat, but I start to slip and slide on it. Is there a good mat for hot yoga? I know I just bought a cheaper thing to use for now while I wait for my good one to get shipped.
Or maybe special gloves/socks? But that wouldn't help with the rest of me slipping.... unless I wear full-body absorbables! ;-)
So, just looking for some tips about staying dry and safe. No fun to try a balancing pose and have your hand slip from under you!
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