Hot yoga is an intimidating concept. With studio temperatures ranging from 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, most people aren’t sprinting to the nearest studio to get their sweaty downward dog on.
Because we know plenty of people who get terrified looks on their faces whenever hot yoga is mentioned, we decided to check in with a few flow-based hot yoga studios in New York City to get a few facts and tips. So, in addition to preparing to sweat, here’s what you need to know about hot yoga.
1. Come prepared.
Hot yoga is a sweaty, slippery business, so show up with the right equipment. Keep your yoga clothes light (shorts and a tank top work well, and water-wicking material is a plus), and invest in something to stop you from slipping.
2. You can take breaks.
It’s called hot yoga for a reason: It gets really hot in there, especially once you start moving. So Modo Yoga‘s Rebecca Foon suggests giving yourself a bit of a rest if you ever feel lightheaded, dizzy or just need a second to cool off. “You can and should rest anytime you need to in child’s pose. The instructor will keep reminding you of this fact,” Taylor Wells, co-founder of Prana Power Yoga, told The HuffPost. Continue reading >>