Eight Tips For Your First Hot Yoga Class
Hot Yoga works by performing postures and styles of asanas in a hot room. The room is kept at between 95 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and you are expected to learn and grow in an environment that is hot not just with information, but temperature wise as well. Choosing to start Hot Yoga is a big step. There are ways to grow here that is fundamentally different from other approaches to Yoga, and you can find that you are soon able to develop your mind and body in ways you did not think you were capable of before. Now that you have decided to start Hot Yoga, and have picked a studio – you are ready for your first class. Here is a list of 8 important things you need to be aware of when you go for your first class at a Hot Yoga studio.
1. Be Prepared: The temperatures will be high and you will be expected to learn in an environment that can seem difficult to adjust to. Inquire from before, and if you are allowed – be sure to keep a bottle of water and a towel ready for use. It will take time to adjust to your new environment, but by making it a little more comfortable for yourself, you give yourself the room to focus on what is important – the Yoga.
2. Ask Questions: You are new to Hot Yoga and cannot be expected to know everything about it. Even if you have done prior research, once you actually start the workouts, you will realize that no amount of internet research is the same as actually going to class. If there is something you do not understand, or something you need help with – be sure to ask the instructor in charge.
3. Do not let the heat overwhelm you: It may seem as if it is nothing at first, but prolonged exposure to a heated environment where you are expected to perform can be tiresome. You may easily feel fatigued, but know that with time you can improve and get better. The heat will not seem like such an ordeal anymore. For the first class however, you need to keep in mind that although it seems difficult, it will soon get better.
4. Let Your Body Learn: Your body will need time to get acclimatized to the new poses you are offering it. Even if you can mentally perceive how you should proceed, your body may not always be able to follow. In this situation, try to relax and let your body learn slowly.
5. Take a Break if you Need it: Do not try to compare your performance to others in the same class as you. They may have been practicing for a longer time. If you need a break, especially if it is your first class – then take time off and recuperate.
6. Work with the heat: Spending a prolonged time in a heated atmosphere may not sound ideal, but it can do wonders both for your body as well as your soul. Do not let the heat overwhelm you, and know that with time you will learn how to adjust effectively to that atmosphere.
7. Learn the theory: There is theoretical understanding to be gained from practicing Hot Yoga as well. It brings a lot of benefits to the body, such as better health and a more focused mind. By working to read up thoroughly on different topics pertaining to Bikram yoga, you work to gain a better understanding of what you are working with.
8. Be proactive: You are taking your first steps towards a new venture, and as such, it may work to create anxiety as first. Be sure to remind yourself to enter your new venture one step at a time to ensure that you are mentally prepared for it.
Image credits – Berlin Hot Yoga, Germany
Photograhers: Grit Siwonia
Author and contributor: Nelli Nolde
Yoga Studio Owner, Berlin Hot Yoga and Certified Hot Yoga Teacher
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