Tips For Your Hot Yoga Workout 2
Don’t Over Stretch And Know Your Limits
When doing hot yoga, always ease into a pose slowly, and never move quickly or try to jerk your way into a certain yoga pose because that can cause some serious damage to you. Always stretch to where you feel challenged and slightly uncomfortable, but never stretch to the point of feeling pain, because pain means that your muscles are stretching too far. Always start out slow and work your way up; there’s no rush to move quickly or to push yourself way too hard. If you get dizzy, light headed, sick, or very sore, then you should slow down your routine, and you may want to consider doing normal yoga.
Hot yoga can cause you to become light headed and dizzy, in which case you should sit own for a minute and take deep breaths, or if you need to you can always discreetly leave the room for a few minutes to cool down a little bit. Some teachers may have an issue with leaving the room after the class has begun because it will let heat out, however if you do it quietly and quickly it should be fine, especially because some lost heat is better than being sick on the ground.
Lots of Water
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your hot yoga class. Losing too much water an lead to dehydration, and that means muscle spasms, headaches, and more. This is especially important for hot yoga because it will cause you to sweat profusely. One thing to keep in mind is that you may not want to drink too much water until after the class because exercising with a stomach full of water is uncomfortable. You can lose up to 32 ounces of water in 60 minutes of hot yoga, so you should be sure to drink at least twice as much after your class, especially if you haven’t been drinking much during the class. If you feel muscle cramps or have trouble thinking straight, then you may be dehydrated, in which case you know to drink more water. Also, you can try drinking a sports drink as well in order to help replenish electrolytes and carbohydrates.
Well Balanced Diet
To perform your best during physical activity, you need to be properly fuelled. You may want to eat a little snack before your hot yoga class, but it is recommended that you wait at least 2 hours after any snack, and 4 hours after a big meal, before doing hot yoga. Practicing yoga with a stomach full of food is going to be very uncomfortable. Another good tip is to avoid any foods that may cause stomach problems, gas, or bloating, as that will not be nice to experience during yoga. After you have done your hot yoga class, you want to be sure to eat some protein and carbohydrates within 1 hour of the class.
When doing yoga, you don’t want to be wearing too much clothing, and always wear tight fitting clothing because loose clothes trap heat, and that’s not something that you want. Wear clothes that won’t absorb the sweat because exercising with sweaty clothes can be very uncomfortable. Great things to wear are yoga pants and tank tops because they will perform these functions as well as give you a full range of motion.