KELLY122581 thanks a lot for such a good explanation. It was a pleasure learning about this hot Yoga environment, not that I would go to any studio like this, I don't like humid and hot myself despite the fact that I live in Houston and I just have enough of that every summer, lol
PETALIA how interesting that you yoga practice is in a hot environment!
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Thanks Kelly, your post is very informative and interesting. I've been practicing Baptiste hot power Vinyasa yoga for a bit over a year. My teachers are extraordinary. I feel so grateful. I like that the room is heated to just around body temperature, usually just under 100*F. I practice Ujjayi breathing and I never knew of the explanation you gave. It makes a lot of sense. I've thought of this type of Vinyasa flow yoga as a sort of meditation, with the vocal Ujjayi breath being an anchor to the whole practice, the asanas taking a backseat to the breath. Thanks again.
Hey there, I guess it depends on what kind of hot yoga you are doing. But there are some general pieces of advice i can offer
I used to work at a Baptiste style "power yoga" studio where we had a heated studio. It was heated to about 90 degrees (85-95 depending on the season). There are also Bikram studios that are heated until 104 degrees, and some other styles that heat to lower levels.
The reasoning behind using heat is that supposedly your joints and muscles will be warmer and you can stretch them further. Also, you sweat more, so you release some toxins.
If I were to give you a number one suggestion, it is make SURE you are well hydrated! Drink before you go, drink after class, and have a bottle with you and drink when you are thirsty. Some Bikram teachers frown on the practice of drinking in class - I even had a teacher yell at me once for it. But I personally think this is ridiculous, and the rest of the yoga community believes in listening to your body, so if your body is saying you need water, drink. Because you DO sweat more in a warm room.
Second piece of advice - practice Ujjayi breathing techniques, specifically breathing through your nose, for two reasons. 1) you will dehydrate less if you breathe through your nose, and 2) the warm air will have longer to acclimate to body temperature before hitting the sensitive tissues in your lungs.
Third piece of advice - bring a towel. You will sweat more and more, the more you go to a hot yoga class. As you get used to working in the heat and you sweat glands open up, you will begin to feel like a human spigot. Having a towel will help you keep your hands and feet dry, and you can put it under your body when things start to get slippery (slippery yoga is a dangerous situation).
If you start to feel nauseated or dizzy in a heated class (more than you might in a normal class), leave class and drink some water. These can be symptoms of overheating.
Last but not least. The heat will make you more flexible... so do still be careful stretching. Especially toward the beginning of the class, and in other non-heated situations. If you get used to how far you can bend in a warm room, and you try to force yourself there in other situations, you can get hurt (take my humbled word for it).
Oh, I forgot..... most importantly.... HAVE FUN! Hot yoga has a lot of nice benefits that are really fun if you respect it and take care of yourself!!! :-)
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Today was my first time doing hot yoga and i thought it was amazing! I was wondering who has tried it and what they thought of it or any insight about the practice since im new to heat yoga * but not to yoga* :) thanks!
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