The recent weather in GayRVA has leaned towards hotness of the Bikram variety. With temperatures well over 100°F, working on my fitness outside has been reminiscent of my experience with hot yoga of all varieties. GayRVA, it’s getting hot in here, so pick your yoga pose.
Working on your fitness isn’t just about intense interval training or weight lifting. Sometimes we need to slow ourselves down and work deep down inside. Yoga, whether heated or not, offers benefits such as improved flexibility, strength, posture, concentration, etc. If you’ve taken yoga before, it’s time to turn the temperature up. If you haven’t, there are always options to ease your way into the trend.
There are a variety of heated yoga classes. My favorites include heated vinyasa and the traditional Bikram. Heated vinyasa typically is less hot than Bikram. Check your local facility to find out how hot they turn it up. Typically temperatures range from 80 – 105°F. Once you find your class, here are some tips to consider:
Bring a towel. You’ll need it to wipe away the sweat.
Remember to hydrate before and after class. Some facilities have rules about hydration during class, so be sure to listen out for instructions.
Wear clothing that is appropriate for hot temperatures. Consider how much you sweat and if you’ll need clothes to help you grip into your poses.
You may want to bring your own mat. It get’s super sweaty in class and some facilities don’t clean their mats until the end of day, if at all.
Take an opportunity to look up common poses for hot yoga classes. Depending on your class, your postures may vary. Bikram typically has 26 poses. You’ll find common poses consist of child’s pose, sun salutations, cat-cow stretch, warrior, cobra, camel and even inversion poses.
The most important part about taking a yoga class is to enjoy the experience. Stretch and work only to your limits. Don’t worry about others in your class. The addition of heat allows for many people to become more open and flexible. If hot is not for you, stick with normal classes. Either way, yoga lends itself to providing you with lean muscles and many health benefits.
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Stanley works as an IT professional and a Group X fitness instructor. He enjoys helping others achieve their fitness goals through his spin and other high energy classes. Read his personal blog here and follow him on Twitter. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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