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Published June 1st 2015
Surviving hot yoga
The Bikram/Hot Yoga craze probably started a few years back and even though I've been doing yoga for many years now I hadn't felt the need to try it, but last year I finally got my qualifications and become a yoga teacher, therefore I thought I should try my best to educate myself on the variety of yoga styles out there including Hot Yoga which is how I came across Grassroots Yoga in Richmond – Bridge Rd.
Grassroots Yoga runs a teachers training stream and at the end of each semester each of the students will each take a section of the yoga sequence in a public class and there is no fee for those classes so it's a great way to try out hot yoga yourself for free. Alternatively they also have a range of different yoga classes in 3 locations across Victoria, including a discounted class for only $9 per session that are run by the teachers' trainees which based on the free session I attended are well prepared to take a class.
Hot yoga is quite a different experience compared to just doing yoga in an air-conditioned or ventilated room.
In order to "survive" this experience for first timers here are my top 5 tips:
1. Bring a LARGE towel, I showed up with a small face towel (FAIL #1, by the end of the class it was drenched in sweat), there are times when you need to lie on your mat and hold poses such as planks and when you are covered in sweat you will slip without a towel.
2. Stay hydrated, so definitely bring a large bottle of water, I brought a small 350 mL bottle (FAIL #2, I definitely needed more hydrating during the class).
3. Hydrate the night before, make sure you are preparing your body to sweat litres of water the next day by drinking plenty of water the night before, I suggest more than you usually do to avoid getting headaches from dehydration after your class.
4. Don't overstretch, in that sort of heat you will naturally feel more flexible and there risks of overstretching and hurting yourself, so go to your limit and if you feel good than inch further forward or backwards and move into each asana gradually.
5. Don't be a hero, everyone reacts to HEAT in different ways. Some people naturally are adaptive to such humidity while others (like me) can get lethargic. If you do feel yourself becoming nausea or dizzy, be kind to yourself and take a break and lie down in Shavasana and you can always join in later.