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Tips & Tricks

Some Like It Hot

April 13, 2017

Some swear by Hot yoga, others swear off the heat after one go... but there's one thing that's for sure: applying up to 40 degree heat to your practice is a game-changer. You'll find the heat takes you past your basic practice by increasing the flexibility of your muscles, elevating your heart rate, and ultimately transforming you into a sweaty beast! 

Read on to learn how to prepare for a Hot class beyond bringing a towel, plus the hard no's of a Hot yoga practice!

ARRIVE HYDRATED
A rule of thumb is that you shouldn't feel thirsty throughout the day... if you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated! 

Drink plenty of water in the hours leading up to your class, so that when you step onto the mat you're already well-hydrated. Then, when you reach for your bottle during class you'll only need baby sips.

BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE
Breathing steadily in and out of your nose is a foundational part of any yoga practice... not only does it keep the body calm, focusing on it passing in and out of your body is an epic tool for keeping focus in the mind. 

If you're new to a Hot practice, you may feel the effects of the heat amplified as you flow through your class. Do yourself a solid by breathing correctly to keep your heart rate in check and your mind calm.

TAKE IT SLOW
Meet your body's needs half way by being aware of how the heat impacts your body, and remembering the objective of a hot practice is to stay in the room the entire class duration. 

It's totally common to feel dizzy, nauseous or unwell when practicing in high temperatures. You can prevent hitting that stage by moving at your own pace, taking options for postures you feel most comfortable with (which isn't always going to be the most advanced option you're used to), and reminding yourself it's fine to take a rest!


THE EXCEPTIONS: THOSE WHO SHOULD NOT PRACTICE HOT YOGA

  • Pregnant women
    • Raising the mother's core body temperature can be harmful to a fetus. 
  • Children
    • As kids' core temperatures rise faster than adults', and they're less able to regulate body temperature by sweating, hot classes are inadvisable for children. 
  • Those with Cardiovascular Conditions
    • Heart rates can potentially increase by 30 beats per minute, per degree of increase in core body temperature, so those with existing conditions must consider if they are able to handle this extra stress.