Finally, your body is the boss, listen to it. Hot yoga is not your friend if you are hung-over or you are feeling under the weather. If your body is calling for rest, give it what it needs.
GETTING USED TO THE HEAT
The heat of the studio will feel intense at first. Yes, you may feel like you can’t handle it but trust us your body will adjust to the heat very quickly. Our yogis become so engaged with what’s going on with their body that they forget about the heat.
SWEAT IT OUT
One thing that is guaranteed in hot yoga is sweat. You will need to bring a towel and a yoga mat. Here at sweat society, we rent both towels and mats for all students (£1 for mat and £1.50 for mat rental). Please be aware if you are bringing your own yoga mat, it will need to be thin.
If you have done any type of yoga previously you will know the importance of your breathing. This is especially true for hot yoga. Breathing in and out through your nose is the best way to keep your breathing in line with your practice and keep you calm and in control throughout the class.
As in most yoga classes, not everyone in the class will be at the same level. The Bikram yoga series is designed for beginners. Don’t feel disheartened if you can’t take the same variation of a pose as everyone else in your class. Stay focused on your postures and your experience, don’t compare your first chapter to someone’s 10th. Our experienced instructors will talk you through the different levels of each posture to adapt to your ability. Your first few classes are about getting used to the temperature, postures and environment. You will make progress over time with consistency and persistence.
No matter your ability and how long you have practised hot yoga, everyone has off-days. Though you may feel like you have had a “bad class” there is no such thing as a bad class. The only bad class is the one you didn’t do. So just remember if the heat is getting on top of you, just rest. We advise not to leave the room, but just sit down, take a break from the postures and control your breathing.
BE THE BOSS
We all have that voice inside our head trying to control our actions. If that inner voice in your first hot yoga doesn’t scream, “what is going on here!” you are doing well. Ignore it, and trust us when we say it becomes easier. The dialogue the teachers give is designed to give your body cues to help you through the posture, never start with “I can’t” give it a try.
KEEP YOUR PRACTICE GOING
Well done you made it! So you got through your first class, feeling a bit worse for wear, but the endorphins are now kicking in making it all worth it. Now, the important bit, give your body what it wants and deserves. Rehydration is essential: replace the fluid you lost through sweat. Here at sweat society, we sell water and electrolyte replacements to help re-hydrate your body. We advice to not overdo it for the rest of the day if you took our morning class. We hope you love the class and you can incorporate it into your regular routine. If you’re not sure, try not to make a judgment after your first class, consider trying a class with another instructor as all instructors differ in style. Just remember the first class is always the hardest, sign up to our special offer and try as many classes as you can in 2 weeks for £25.