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What to Expect Your First Time Trying Hot Yoga

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I braved the yoga elements and tried hot yoga for the first time.

Since my Disney internship is part-time, I don’t have to work on Fridays (and it’s pretty nice considering my commute is terrible…like my train was 45 minutes delayed today terrible). On a more positive note, it’s been about 3 weeks since I’ve been out in California and I love it so far! I’m finally all settled in and accustomed to the time change (except for my TV shows). Now that I finally have a regular(ish) schedule, I’ve built up the courage to try a new type of yoga practice and decided to share hot yoga tips for other first-time triers like me!

Being out in the golden state is an adjustment for sure, especially considering there is a hot yoga studio around every corner. Since I’ve always wanted to try, I put on my big girl yoga pants, and WENT FOR IT. If you are interested in trying hot yoga yourself, here is what to expect along with some hot yoga tips to get you psyched for your first practice.

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It’s been a long time since I joined a legit yoga studio, so I’m super excited to get back into a regular yoga practice. While I enjoy doing it solo, I love learning new poses and feeling out the different teaching styles of various instructors. It helps my own personal practice grow tremendously- and I’m interested in becoming certified myself!

My boyfriend and I live about a 2-minute drive from a hot yoga studio. While I had never done hot yoga, I’ve been meaning to try it because it’s something that’s always intrigued me.

I have friends who love it and do it regularly and those who don’t. It’s one of those things where you either love it or hate it. To gather my own opinion, I obvi had to try it for myself. Here is my first impressions of hot yoga.

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…It’s pretty f*ckin hot.

I went into it mentally preparing myself for the 105˚F room…I mean, it’s called hot yoga after all.

But MAN, IT WAS SO EFFIN HOT. Even laying in savasana you can feel the heat tremendously. And with everyone’s sweating bodies in a single room, it’s like a ulta, mega, sticky, hot and humid box.

Yogis are pretty serious about their practice.

I walked into the room to find zero chatter, a lavender scent, and most if not, all people laying in corpse pose, feet up on the wall etc. People are there to get the most out of their practice, and not just to get a good workout. They’re looking to connect the mind and body. That’s one of my favorite things about yoga, so I really enjoyed that.

I didn’t know it was possible to sweat that much.

We started out in child’s pose, and I had already felt myself starting to drip sweat. I was dripping in places I didn’t know it was possible to sweat- like I swear, every pore of my body was open. Thank god I had a towel because I had to wipe my face several times with my shirt since my sweat was constantly blinding me.
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It’s hard AF.

The practice of yoga can change on a day-to-day basis. One day you may be feeling super strong and unstoppable, while the other day you’re feeling crazy sore and unable to move. While hot yoga poses may be relatively simple for some advanced yogis, the heat adds a tremendous challenge. I had to rest in child’s pose a lot because I was feeling light-headed and dizzy. I’ve been told this is normal for newbies such as myself.

Water/towels are required.

And for a good reason. The towel will surely help keep you from slipping all over your mat when you are overflowing with sweat. Also, you need, and I mean NEED to consume a ton of water both before and during the class, or you risk getting seriously dehydrated.

Next time I’m going to give ice water a try.

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The pace varies.

There are some points during the 32-pose yoga sequence where the movements are fast paced and challenging. However, the entire class isn’t that way, or we’d all probably die. The teacher encouraged us to listen to our bodies and take breaks when we felt it was necessary. After the fast-paced movements, things slow down where you can catch your breath and cool down…also, she opened the door letting in the cold air and it was AMAZING.

The class tricks you into thinking you’re doing a lot of physical activity.

Because I was sweating profusely, I felt like I was getting in a crazy good workout. After reflecting on my experience, I didn’t really feel like I had a physically challenging practice (posture wise, that is). I often rested in child’s pose to 1. Catch my breath, and 2. Escape the heat (heat rises)! However, like I said, it’s normal for newbies such as myself to feel incredibly challenged by the heat.

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Should you try it?

If you don’t like sweating like crazy, hot yoga is definitely not your cup of tea

However, if you’re open to trying a new type of yoga practice, I would 100% give it a go. Personally, I haven’t decided if I will be doing it on the regular yet since I have only been to one class. It isn’t fair to gather an impression off of one session alone and since I bought an introductory pass, I am able to go unlimited times for the next two weeks!

The question of the day…are you about that hot yoga lifestyle? What is was your first experience trying hot yoga?  What hot yoga tips do you have to offer for the hot yoga newbies?

 

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