If you’ve read my New Year Goals post you’ll know one of them was to loose the baby weight. After doing a little research I came across Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga which it’s originally known as. I had my first ever session last night and WOW what an experience it was. The yoga positions weren’t so bad it was trying to complete them in 100 degree heat that I struggled with. As soon as I entered the room I started to sweat and the class hadn’t even started! I’m definitely not an expert in hot yoga but I thought I’d put together what helped me complete my first hot yoga class.
1. Preparation is key. Before my 8pm class I drank 2 litres of water throughout the day. You sweat a lot (sweat literally pours off your limbs and my hair was drenched, nice I know!) so it’s important to keep your body hydrated throughout the day before the sweat marathon begins. I also made sure I ate dinner as early as possible so I wasn’t trying to complete the dandytamana pose with a heavy stomach.
2. Wear the correct clothing and bring 2 towels, one for your yoga mat and one to wipe off the sweat. I wore tight 3/4 length Nike leggings with a sports bra and a tight work out top. The reason I chose this type of workout gear was so I had grip whilst completing the positions especially as your body is slippery from all the sweating. You can go in shorts and just a sports bra too as it’s very hot!
3. Take a friend. I’m SO happy I took a friend with me especially as she had never done hot yoga before. It’s really comforting having someone you know there who is at the same beginner stage as you. We cried together in the car on our way home! Ha!
4. Listen to your yoga instructor. I made sure I listened to every single word that came out of her mouth especially as she knew I was a beginner. The instructor gives brilliant tips during the class for eg. when to breathe, drink water and how you can adapt poses to make them easier. There were moments when I felt so dizzy but the sound of her voice made me relax and focused.
5. And finally enjoy it! Okay so during the class you’re begging for it to end, but the feeling you get after it’s finished is amazing! I woke up feeling so relaxed and refreshed and my body didn’t even ache. It honestly felt like every single part of my body had been stretched and I had been given a full body massage, especially good if you’re a mummy and have to carry a baby all day. Drink plenty of water after the class and stock up on electrolytes from a sports drink and you’ll be fine. You’ll also have the best shower of you life after your first hot yoga class!
I would love to know if you’ve tried hot/bikram yoga before. What was your experience like?