When I first heard of hot yoga was probably 4-5 years ago, and since then I always wanted to try it out, however until now, I never have. Isn’t that funny? We know that we want something but we simply don’t do it. I definitely need to work on this more, and start realising my wishes more, and stop daydreaming that much.
Anyway…let me tell you more about my Hot Yoga experience.
It was a cold winter day and I was just checking my emails, and yesss there it was, an invite to try Hot Yoga at Yoga Lounge Studio in Bournemouth. How cool is that?! I guess I have been contemplating this decision for far too long, and the universe has finally decided to help me out and push me to finally try out an intriguing hot yoga.
For anyone who doesn’t know what hot yoga is, I will go back to the basics and tell you all about it.
In Yoga Lounge Studio where I was practising, they offer different hot styles, from Fierce Grace, Bikram, Vinyasa to Power Hot Yoga. All hot yoga styles are practiced in a heated room of 40 degrees, humidity (40%), fresh air and usually last 90 minutes.
Tips to remember before/while performing hot yoga:
- Drink lots of water prior starting the class, to make sure you start it fully hydrated as you will lose a lot of water during the practice (at least 1,5 litre 2 hours before the class)
- Don’t eat anything heavy at least an hour before the class
- Having relaxed shoulders is vital at all stages otherwise you might end up with a headache at the end of the class
- Sometimes you may feel dizzy because of the heat, that’s all very normal, when you need just sit down and breathe through your nose
- After the exercise, replace lost electrolytes with water and food (banana, dates, raisins, coconut and avocado). Check out the healthy foods you should be eating by clicking here.
I think everyone should try hot yoga at least once in the life!
So here are few top benefits why hot yoga is good for you:
- Detoxification: believe me after the first couple of minutes, you will start sweating. When I exercise, I don’t usually sweat much, however, while doing hot yoga, it was just the opposite. Your clothes are soaked at the end. This is so good your body, because you will get rid of any toxins from the skin.
- Improve strength: many people only associate yoga with relaxation because it may look like that for the observer, however, it is a proper workout! After 3 classes of 90 minutes, I have noticed my arms got so much stronger and toned.
- Weight loss: increases your pulse rate and metabolism, which helps you become more flexible and making you burn some major calories!
- Stress release: each practice is focused on controlled breathing that helps you find your inner peace.
I have tried Bikram yoga, which is the practice of 26 postures selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury and derived from hatha yoga, and Fierce Grace that is a new yoga system, that combines strength and flexibility for both body and mind. Fierce grace is a unique series of 6 different classes based on the same core poses and principles, each with a different emphasis, duration, and intensity. Fierce Grace is definitely my favourite, as it’s so much more dynamic than Bikram, and performed to relaxing music.
What I found slightly strange and inconvenient at the beginning of my journey, was that the teacher doesn’t really perform each posture but it’s usually more or less verbally explained. At the beginning of each class, the teacher asked if there are newbies or if anyone has any injuries, so whoever was new, was definitely given more guidance throughout the class.
Thank you again Yoga Lounge for having me! I can’t wait for my next class!
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