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-
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
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:
plenty of clean fluids- If you’re going to a class in the morning, make
sure you are drinking LOTS of fluids the day before. Load up on filtered water or even create a
juice from fresh fruits. You’ll thank yourself later for being hydrated.
before you go- Make sure to have something in your stomach before you go
into class. Try to eat a few hours
before, though, because working out on a full stomach wouldn’t be pretty. Something
like fruit will provide sugar and carbohydrates to give you energy. Nuts or an energy bar would also be a good
alternative. Try to stick with something
clean or lean- avoid foods that are fried or greasy.
- Pack a
large water bottle- Use ice cubes and water, don’t freeze it. Water will be your friend during the class,
and you won’t want a big block of ice that isn’t thawed yet.
your studio’s FAQs- All hot yoga classes are generally the same in
structure- 90 minutes with similar poses and breathing exercises, but your
studio might have specific information that might be beneficial to know
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:
- Tank Top-
Try something other than cotton- that will absorb your sweat and become
really heavy. You will obviously be
sweating a lot, and you also don’t want your shirt to be hanging down on your
face during poses. Pick something form-fitting to your body like a dri-fit or
mesh tank top that is breathable and allows you to move.
below the knee- Sitting in a 90 or 100 degree room wearing hot long pants
might not be what you consider fun. But, pants below the knee have more pros
than you might think. Wearing shorts or
spandex makes the skin on your legs very slippery when you sweat. Besides the possibility of chafing, when
you’re doing poses that require grabbing your knees or legs, you want your grip
to not slip.
- Towel- Your
mat is what will make or break your hot yoga experience. Because you’ll be in
such steamy conditions, you must have something to prevent your mat from
getting too slippery from your wet yoga clothes. Bring a mat that has grips on
the bottom of it and place bath towel on top to be sure that there won’t be any
slipping and sliding.
pins/elastics- Hot yoga is a time to reflect on yourself and your body, and
the last thing you want is the distraction of hair in your face. Bring a hair tie or a headband to make sure
your hair is out of the way and pulled up off of your neck.
outfit- You will more than likely be drenched, so pack an extra of
everything, even underwear. When you’re
done, you will want to change into dry clothes.
If your studio has showers, take one on a cooler setting to cool off
from the heat.
separate bag- When you are done and your clothes are sweaty, this will come
in handy so you don’t have to mix it with other things. Ick.
for your mat- When you’re done, you will need a cloth to clean it. Sometimes cleaning spray is provided, but
bring some wipes just in case.
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!