I got the chance to check out a hot yoga class for the first time in years last week, thanks to ClassPass and I wanted to share my experience with you in hopes that it will make checking it out for yourself a little less intimidating. I’ve always loved hot yoga and but stopped going a few years ago because memberships at hot yoga studios can be insanely expensive and I didn’t want to form a habit I couldn’t afford to keep up. When I realized there was a hot yoga studio in my area that participated in ClassPass, I did a little happy dance at my computer and reserved my spot in class immediately. (If you’re interested in more information on how ClassPass works, check out my review here.)
I selected hot power yoga because I normally do power yoga at my gym, so I thought it would be the most similar to what I was used to. I also tend to prefer yoga classes that allow you to move faster in between poses, so that’s usually why I stick to power yoga. Through my experience attending hot yoga over the years, I’ve picked up some tips and tricks along the way that I thought I would share with you to help make your hot yoga experience as enjoyable and painless as possible.
Tips For An Awesome Hot Yoga Practice:
- Make sure you are properly hydrated going into class. Also, make sure you’ve had a healthy snack before class to help keep your energy up. These are both really important because of the intense heat in the class room.
- Arrive early so you have the first choice of where you want to place your mat. It’s usually cooler by the door, so if you’re worried about getting too hot, this might be a good place to set up until you get used to the heat.
- You’ll need to bring a yoga mat and two towels to class. Bring one large towel for your mat and one small towel to wipe off your face and body during class. Most yoga studios offer towel and mat rentals for a small fee, so if you don’t already have them handy, no worries! You can just rent them, until you decide if it’s something you want to invest in. Most studios sell special yoga mat towels that will fit exactly on your mat, but again, no need to rush out and buy one until you’re sure hot yoga is for you. I just brought a beach towel with me and it covered up most of my mat and worked out just fine.
- If you’re taking a reusable water bottle to class, fill it with as much ice as you can, then fill it the rest of the way with cold water. Keep your water bottle in the fridge until right before you leave so you’re water stays colder longer during class. If you’re bringing a disposable water bottle, you can dump a little water out to make room for the water to expand and then put it in the freezer. The temperature in class is usually around 100 degrees, so it will melt.
- Wear tight, sweat wicking clothing. Plain cotton clothing will get heavy, stick to you and limit your range of movement as you sweat. I would recommend a tank top and shorts or crop pants for girls, but you can also get away with wearing shorts and a sports bra if you’re comfortable with that. Guys can wear as little as a pair of shorts and no shirt. It’s totally a personal preference here. Do what makes you comfortable.
- Wash off strongly scented perfume or lotion. The heat can intensify the smell and become unpleasant for those around you.
- Wash off any makeup you may be wearing before class. You don’t want the sweat to cause runny mascara and eyeliner to run in your eyes now do you?!?! OUCH!
- Don’t be embarrassed to take a break and go into Child’s Pose or lay down in Savasana until you feel ready to continue. It’s okay to take a break when you need it.
- Bring a dry pair of clothes to change into after class. If you don’t want to change, bring warm layers to wear home so you don’t get cold in your sweaty clothes.
- Bring a towel, clean garbage bag, foil blanket or something similar to lay down on your car seat during the drive home so it doesn’t get sweaty!
Most yoga classes are open to yogis of all levels, so don’t be embarrassed if this is your first time trying it out. If there is a skill level requirement, it will be noted on the schedule, so you’ll always know what you’re getting into beforehand. The instructor will usually ask at the beginning of class if anyone is new to yoga so they know how much explanation and guidance they need to provide during the class to help you get the most out of your practice. They also offer lots of variations for each move so that each yogi can practice at their own level. Also, make sure to let your instructor know if you have any injuries so they can provide modifications for you (which they are always happy to do).
I’ve already signed up for 2 more hot power yoga classes this month and can’t wait to get back into it. It’s important to incorporate yoga into any weekly workout schedule to help prevent injury and increase flexibility. Since I’m not a huge fan of regular yoga, it’s always been hard to convince myself that I need to go. I’m loving that I’m able to get the benefits of yoga now that my love affair with hot yoga is back and stronger than ever!
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I was gifted a one month membership to ClassPass for posting about the program and my experience but these opinions are all my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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