First Hot Yoga Class


curlysue10
on Sep 19, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

Hey ladies,

I am going to my first ever hot yoga class tomorrow and am kind of nervous.  I have done yoga before but I have heard that hot yoga can be very overwhelming.  I've read that you should drink tons of water prior to the class and not eat 3 hours beforehand, but do you girls have any other tips, tricks or suggestions?

 

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mamaluv
no idea on Sep 19, 2011 @ 02:40 pm

I would love to know the answer to this too!
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Anabel
on my 100th or so class on Sep 19, 2011 @ 02:45 pm

I've been doing hot yoga for a while and can tell you it depends on the studio. Some classes are more strict when it comes to temperature, for example, Bikram. Bikram studios are much hotter than other hot yogas, and they generally don't encourage a lot you to drink a lot during. So it's best to be well hydrated before and after. I would recommend having a bottle of water outside (i.e. in your bag) for after. The bottle you take in with you will be really warm.

Others, like Moksha, or hot yoga generally, are a few degrees cooler. They also are more supportive of letting you break when you need to and drink when you want.

For all hot yogas, it's all about the towel. I hope you have a towel for your mat (once you start sweating, you can slip) and a towel to dry yourself off as you go. Other than that, wear the most breathable clothes you have - the kind that keep the sweat off your body so you aren't insulated.

Enjoy yourself regardless....hot yoga is a great detox.
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curlysue10
Wow thanks! on Sep 19, 2011 @ 03:16 pm

This is the studio I am going to:

http://www.gyanyoga.ca/

I got the classes through one of those deal websites (jabr deals) and I got 20 classes for 30 bucks!

Good advice about the towel, I totally did not know that! I am going to rent my mat (at least at first) because I don't think there's any point in buying one if I don't even know if I'm going to like the class so I'm glad you mentioned the towel because that will be key!

Thanks for your advice anabel!
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AlexJC
Good Luck! on Sep 19, 2011 @ 03:17 pm

I've never done hot yoga before but my mom has and she absolutely adored it! She found it very refreshing almost- like getting rid of all that yucky stuff and cleaning out the system. That being said, she went with a friend and her friend absolutely hated it she even felt sick afterwards (not to make you nervous or anything). It isn't for everyone though so if you do start feeling bad- I suggest stopping right away!
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Anabel
No problem! on Sep 19, 2011 @ 03:26 pm


Curlysue10 - No problem...I've never been to that studio, but it looks like they have an open, warm practice - which is always great for new students. Your plan sounds great too. A good yoga mat, and a hot yoga mat (they have those too - I have a great anti-skid one from Lulu but it was pricey and my friend got a comparable one at Winners for 1/4 of the price), can be an investment.

In that area, one of my favourite hot yoga studios is this one: http://www.mokshayogadowntown.com/. Although it's a chain, I really like this location. The staff are friendly, the instructors were great and the studio itself is one of the nicest and cleanest I've been to. They have wide range of classes too. I did the newcomer special (10 days for $20) and then went back for another two months. Good luck!

In general, yoga instructors are there to facilitate your practice, so just let them know that you're new and flag them if you have an concerns.

Happy yoga-ing.
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Vlicious
You'll either love it or hate it! on Sep 21, 2011 @ 02:43 pm

I did a few hot yoga classes in the past and I loved it! Only problem is I have low blood pressure and about half way through the class, I start feeling very faint! If this is the case, most places have just told me to sit out a few poses and I usually feel better. It's all about the breathing and keeping it as in control as possible! You shouldn't hold your breath during any pose, hot or regular yoga, but sometimes we forget and that's when you start feeling light headed! The towel is also very important! Make sure it's long enough to cover your whole mat or you'll be sliding off! And definitely have some water on hand for during and after the class! Wear as little as possible! Trust me! You will leave there soaked! And you will notice that most people are in tiny shorts and tiny tanks, but there's a reason for it!

Let me know how Gyan is! I've walked by it in Liberty Village and always wondered when I saw those deals!

Enjoy!! :)
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curlysue10
Reporting back... on Oct 19, 2011 @ 03:32 pm

I wanted to wait until I had gone to a few classes before I reported back but I just wanted to thank you girls for the advice and tell you that I absolutely LOVE hot yoga. The towel was most definitely great advice! It came in very handy (I took one to line the mat and one little one to wipe the sweat off my face during the class, both KEY). The instructor tells us to drink water at certain points in the class but we don't take any breaks really. The class is an hour long; I have been to a few different ones and I love them all.


As for the studio, I will definitely add a review of Gyan Yoga but I would highly recommend it. There seem to be a lot of people who come in (like I did) with vouchers from deal websites and things like that, so there are almost always new people in each class. There are also clearly the regulars (because the instructors know their names) but don't be intimidated by them if it's your first time (like it was mine), I found out that having an experienced person next to you is a blessing in disguise because although they make you feel kind of bad about yourself when you can't do certain poses and they're a superstar (that just me? yeah? lol oh ...) they're also great to watch when you can't see the instructor because you know they know what they're doing. The instructors are pretty friendly and I find that the classes are pretty welcoming to beginners. They have drop in classes for 8 bucks on Friday if you're interested in trying it out without any commitments, definitely check them out.
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mamaluv
sounds great! on Oct 19, 2011 @ 03:50 pm

I really want to try this. Since I wear glasses and have a love-hate relationship with my contact lenses, I DEPEND on having an experienced person next to me because I usually can't see the instructor. Add sweat dripping into my eyes and I'm blind as a bat :)

Thanks for the update, I'll have to check it out!
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curlysue10
Same problem! on Oct 19, 2011 @ 04:00 pm

ha ha mamaluv, I have the SAME exact problem. I have pretty bad eyes but I don't wear my glasses when I work out so I really need to have someone next to me to be able to watch what they're doing. I just added an official review for Gyan :)
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mamaluv
lol on Oct 19, 2011 @ 04:26 pm

Cyber high-5, CurlySue10!
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