Hot yoga is what we call yoga that’s practiced in particularly hot and humid conditions. Usually, during a hot yoga class, the studio is heated between 80 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Bikram yoga is also done in a heated room and is similar to hot yoga. The main difference between Bikram yoga and hot yoga is that a Bikram session follows a very specific routine of 26 poses. With hot yoga however, there’s a lot more room for flexibility in the structure of a class which allows an instructor to focus on specific parts of the body and tailor a class to those attending.
Yoga For All
My personal mission is to have everyone out there try yoga at least once! A hot yoga workout can be a great benefit for almost everyone. However, if you’re pregnant, have a heart condition or any sort of cardiovascular disease, you should consult with your physician before taking a hot yoga class.
That being said, hot yoga is not for the unprepared. It can be an intense exercise for most people. You’ll be helping yourself tremendously by having the right preparation to enhance your hot yoga practice and allow you to achieve the full benefits of engaging in hot yoga exercise.
The most important thing to remember is WATER!
Practicing yoga in a heated room means that you’ll be sweating A LOT. Be sure to hydrate your body before, during and after any hot yoga workout. This is extremely important in any workout, but especially when the conditions in a room are so hot. And always, always be aware of what your body is telling you .
You should take your time to ease into the class. A good instructor will always do this by having a nice, gentle warm up before getting into the more strenuous poses. If you experience any lightheadedness, dizziness or nausea or if the heat ever becomes too much, simply leave the room and give yourself time to recover in a cooler space. Stay there until you feel ready to move or go back into the class and complete your workout. It’s fine no matter what you choose!
Remember, listen to your body. After all, practicing yoga is all about the connection between your body and your mind. Be in the right frame of mind to listen to what your body is telling you and you’ll have the best experience for you. Don’t forget – there is no place for your ego in the yoga studio. Only by listening to your body and letting it guide your practice will you really reap the true benefits of hot yoga.
Always practice safely and you will feel the amazing benefits of a heated yoga workout! I think you will love it and will begin a beautiful lifelong practice, a workout that you can always turn to no matter what age you are, where you are in the world or what mood you are in. A yoga workout will always be sure to lift your mood. So enjoy it!