Posted on 14th Aug 2015
From yoga to crossfit to zumba to purebarre, recent workout trends have showed us that we can get fit while also having fun. If you want to ditch the dumbbells, one of the hottest fads today is something you should try- hot yoga.
We know what you’re thinking- why would doing yoga in an almost unbearably hot room sound appealing? For those that have been taking basic yoga classes but don’t feel like they’re getting a workout, those who routinely run or do cardio at a gym and want a change of pace, or a yoga first-timer that just wants an experience, hot yoga is a perfect option. It combines the meditation of yoga that we all love with hot conditions that make us sweat like we’ve never sweat before to cleanse ourselves of toxins.
Though the class structure is the same as other yoga classes (90 minutes of poses and breathing exercises), yoga in this kind of heat makes you focus primarily on your breathing. Hot yoga especially teaches yoga fanatics that breathing is crucial to having a positive experience.
In order to experience hot yoga or Bikram yoga to its fullest potential, you must know how to prepare, what yoga clothes to wear, and how your body might respond afterwards. Knowing what to expect is crucial to being able to focus on yourself and your body without discomfort.
First, you must prepare your own body to be placed in the hot yoga environment. Try these tips:
Other than preparing your body and your mind, you also must know what yoga clothes to wear. This is always tricky, but here are some do’s and don’ts on what to bring. Pack a bag with these things:
Once all of your yoga clothes and accessories are packed, you will need to know what to expect. Not all hot yoga classes are the same, but typically you will start and end with a breathing exercise, warm up, and standing and floor series` in between. Most of the time, the lights in the room are off for relaxation, and the instructor will be the only one talking. Follow along with the poses that your instructor demonstrates, and use hot yoga as a time to cleanse your body as well as your soul. Know that you will inevitably sweat buckets, but your neighbors will be doing the same so that’s ok! If being super sweaty isn’t your thing, hot yoga isn’t your best option. However, for many, hot yoga and Bikram yoga is an opportunity to meditate and connect to your soul, while getting a good workout at the same time!
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