How to: Hot Yoga

Have you ever wanted to try hot yoga? Wanted to know what it’s like? As a future Hot Yoga teacher, I wanted to offer some tips and advice for first time yogis in the heat.

Hot yoga is usually a series of poses done in a specific order in a heated room – up to around 40degrees celcius. This sounds like hell on earth and somewhere around the middle of the class when every inch of your body is covered in sweat and you’re desperately trying to balance you might agree with this. However, after the class you feel amazing!

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Here I’m going to offer you my experience and some tips I’ve picked up along the way!

  1. Things you will need – water (and plenty of it) – some people like to bring an insulated flask so the water stays cold – I often don’t bother but I guess personal preference, a towel to put on your mat to catch sweat (lovely) and stop you slipping, most studios provide mats but you could bring your own.
  2. What to wear – you will sweat. A lot. Wear something comfortable and not too loose as it will just cling to you uncomfortably. I tend to wear a vest and capri trousers but some people wear shorts or full length trousers. It needs to be clothing you can stretch in. Don’t worry if it shows sweat, within 10mins every part of every person’s body in the room will be covered!
  3. What to do if you’re struggling – if it’s your first class, you may find that you feel dizzy or sick at times. If this happens, come out of your pose, take a sip of water and go into child’s pose with your head below your heart. Stay there as long as you need to and join in when you’re ready. It’s important that you don’t leave the room as you need to cool down gradually at the end of the class. Ensure the yoga teacher knows it’s your first class so they can come and offer you advice if you need it.
  4. What to expect – the class usually begins with warm up poses, followed by standing and balancing poses before moving onto the floor. At the end the heat is gradually reduced and you have time to lay quietly to adjust (this is my favourite part)! Don’t expect to be an expert right away and maybe each week or couple of weeks, try an extra challenge. There are always modifications if you find something challenging.
  5. Finally – have fun and enjoy it. After the class is over, you feel amazing! You’ve sweat a lot so make sure you drink plenty of water or coconut water to replenish electrolytes.

Let me know if you try hot yoga for the first time or if you have any questions!

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