It goes without saying that being active is crucial to overall health and wellbeing. How you choose to go about being active, though, can be a tough decision and it can be tricky to find what’s right for you.
One staple in our routine is hot yoga, especially as the weather starts to cool down. It warms us up, provides a full-body work out, gets us sweaty, and leaves us feeling mentally and physically refreshed.
Today, we’re going to take you through some hot yoga basics as a means of easing you into the various workout class options. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as we try out other types of fitness classes to help provide you with a guide and some insight into what might be best for you!
With yoga studios popping up everywhere, many of which with heated yoga classes, it’s easy to find a space to practice. Whether you choose Moksha Yoga (our go-to) or another chain, or a small local studio, you can expect a wide array of classes to choose from (Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, etc.) and generally an assortment of class times ranging from 60-90 minute sessions that should allow you to find something that suits your schedule.
Hot Yoga 101:
- They aren’t kidding around when they say hot. The rooms are typically heated to 30+ degrees Celsius. As everyone gets moving and sweating, it can also get quite humid. Be prepared to sweat, a lot. A towel is essential, especially if you’ve never tried hot yoga before and/or if your mat won’t be sticky enough as-is.
- To compensate for the heat, be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day beforehand, and avoid caffeine too close to your class. We recommend at least one liter before class (but not immediately before, or you could end up needing a washroom break mid-sun salutation), and don’t forget to bring your water bottle into the studio with you.
- Dress for success – choose fabrics and pieces that are designed for hot yoga, in order to withstand the sweat and allow you to move freely through the poses. We strongly suggest a headband if your hair won’t all fit in a ponytail. No one likes the feeling of bangs stuck to a sweaty forehead.
- If you choose to go home and shower, rather than shower at the studio, be sure to bring face wash (we like face wipes for convenience). You don’t want to let the sweat linger on your face after class or you could end up breaking out. We also like to bring dry shampoo and hair fragrance to freshen up after class!
- Wash your mat! Between being on the floor, and you sweating on it, it can end up covered in bacteria. Clean your mat to ensure you’re removing bacteria and keeping your practice healthy!
In general, hot yoga is one of our favourites. It’s low impact, there are always modifications to suit any level, and the feeling after practice is like no other. This one is a winner in our books!