105 degrees. 40 percent humidity. It sounds daunting at first, but after a few classes, you start to crave the heat. The sweat dripping from your body is a sign that it is, indeed, detoxifying from the inside out. Here are 5 tips to help you keep your cool…with proper preparation, you’ll learn to embrace the conditions in no time.
1. Drink Up
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! With all the sweat that will be pouring off your body, you need to be well-hydrated before entering the studio. During class, listen to the instructor for prompts to take sips of water. Treat yourself to a Hydro Flask for ice-cold sips of water during class…these water bottles are made to keep things cool for 24 hours! A variety of sizes and colors are available for purchase at the studio. After class, it’s important to replenish electrolytes, so grab a cold coconut water to cool you down.
2. Eat Right
Fueling the body is as important as hydrating. Avoid having a heavy meal 2-3 hours prior to class, but don’t try to take class on an empty stomach. Having a light snack can provide you with a boost of energy to endure 90 minutes of physical activity. Eat a healthy meal following class to nourish the body.
3. Dress the Part
Over time, you’ll become comfortable in your yoga gear, but this is no time to be modest! Wear whatever makes you most comfortable, avoiding cotton as it becomes heavy when wet. Tight-fitting bottoms and a tank top or yoga top are recommended. The studio is a judgment-free zone, and practitioners are focusing on their own postures in the mirror—not your figure!
4. Take a Seat
If you feel an onset of dizziness or nausea, take a seat on your mat. If needed, lie down in savasana until the feeling subsides. Rather than running out of the room, stay in the heated studio and allow the body to regulate. Going in and out of the studio confuses the body with the temperature difference, and the dizzy or nauseous feeling may get worse.
5. Listen to Your Body
Your body is your body. Only you know just how far you can push yourself. While the dialogue is meant to challenge the body, be sure to listen to what your body tries to tell you. You are on your own individual journey, and you have your lifetime to work on your personal practice.
See if you can improve your practice with these tips. Have questions? Talk with any BYY instructor!