When I walked into the room for my first hot class I thought I was crazy for being there. The heat felt overwhelming and didn’t know how I’d make it through the hour long class. Once the class started and my mind slowed down, I realized how much I psyched myself out. All I needed to do was relax, breathe and move. The heat turned from being scary to feeling awesome. After class I was drenched in sweat and felt like I was floating on air. The regular “anxiety bubble” I’d feel in my stomach all the time wasn’t there and I had a great night of sleep!
There’s been a lot of interest in hot yoga amongst students who’ve never taken a heated class before, but they are having similar thoughts to what I had when I took my first class. Yes, the thought of being in a room heated to 90-95 degrees can absolutely be intimidating, but it’s so good for you!
Hot yoga has many benefits other than being extremely relaxing and getting rid of lingering anxiety. When you first start taking hot classes you might notice you sweat a TON! Hot yoga is a great way to detox and your body released inner toxins through sweat. After you’ve been to a few hot classes you might sweat less, or not. Either way, it’s ok because hot yoga also helps your body become more efficient in the way it cools itself.
Hot yoga can help stiff joints and open up tight muscles. You might find that certain poses are more obtainable in a heated class because your body and muscles are more open.If you have joint pain, the pain might be less intense in a hot class too. Keep in mind that over-stretching is also a possibility; so don’t push yourself too deep into poses or do anything that you might regret the next day.