I went to my first ever hot yoga class… and I survived!!!!
I am back home in southern Indiana this week and my friend Kristi has been trying to get me to go to hot yoga for a while. But I did NOT want to go. The idea of working out in a heated room sounded miserable to me!
A little background info on me – I have hyperhidrosis, which means I sweat a LOT. So I pictured me in a hot yoga studio just a miserable, sweaty mess. So I have avoided it like the plague.
Back in January, when I read Kristin Armstrong’s book Mile Markers, she wrote about her experience trying a hot yoga class. Before I read it, I thought to myself, “if she likes it, I’ll try it” because I could relate to just about everything she wrote about. Well, she wrote about hot yoga like I expected I would feel – absolutely uncomfortable and miserable. She hated it! And I LOL’d at her recall of the experience and it validated that I should not try it EVER.
Fast forward to October and there I was in a hot yoga room at the YMCA. I was actually so nervous leading up to the class that I had a dream about it two nights before the class! I dreamt that before going into hot yoga, I was supposed to sit in a sauna (naked) in order to get acclimated to the heat because the hot yoga room was HOTTER than the sauna. I went into the sauna and I felt ok but after a few minutes I was already feeling light headed and I thought if I have to do any yoga poses like this I am going to be sick. I woke up from this dream anxious and sweating. Yikes!
Luckily my real-life experience was not as bad as my dream. I walked into the hot yoga room and was actually surprised that it wasn’t as hot (or humid) as I expected. I am not sure if all facilities use the same temperatures for hot yoga, but for reference, CorePower Yoga describes hot yoga as 102-104 degrees with added humidity. So I was pleasantly surprised that just walking into the room did not take my breath away.
Don’t get me wrong, I was sweating! But I think my saving grace was that I was right by the door (in case I wanted to bail early) and so I got a slight breeze from under the door. When we were laying down it was even better – much cooler than when standing!
The class was 75 minutes and honestly I didn’t expect to last longer than 30 minutes but I made it through the whole thing! I am so proud. The instructor was great and everyone in the class was really friendly. I am glad I can say I tried it now!
Things to Know Before You Go To Hot Yoga
- Drink lots of water leading up to the class.
- Wear clothes that are not cotton and ideally that wick away moisture.
- Bring a full water bottle to class.
- Bring a towel to lay down on your mat and another towel to wipe away sweat.
- It’s ok if you need to step out or leave early.
- Don’t sweat it! If I can do it, anyone can do it!
Have you been to hot yoga? Did you like it?