Tips for your first time at hot yoga

I have been promising you guys for forever that I would post about my first experience with hot yoga. First, I LOVED it! That is coming from a girl who really hated yoga and have tried several yoga classes, so this is a big deal. I feel like there’s hope for mine and yoga’s relationship to bloom ha

Things I loved about it:

I loved what it taught me. Picture it: you’re in an unbearable warm/ humid room and no matter how hard you try not to sweat it’s pouring down your face. Throughout the class I would try to wipe it off my face until my friend said, “the more you wipe the more you sweat. It will get out of control. In order to control it you have to just let it happen.” She was so right. The minute I stopped trying to wipe and just let it come down my face the more relaxed I became and the more I learned to “just let it roll off my back.” It was a good life lesson, that no matter how hot(angry, mad, sad) you get, you can handle it.

I was crazy flexible. I’m not normally flexible, but your muscles get so warm it allows them to really stretch.

To really relax. The class is super quiet(our teacher didn’t even want you to drink until he told the whole class to) and it gave me time to just be and not think about stressful things.

Sweat it out. I felt so cleansed after, it was great!

Things I’m glad I knew before going:

Luckily I had my friend tell me what to bring and wear so I felt pretty prepared. Here’s what you’ll need.

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beach towel(you cover your mat with it)

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yoga mat

water(make sure it’s full;))

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as little amount of clothes as possible, preferably black so it doesn’t show sweat. I wore spandex and a tank top.

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flip flops for the shower(and to wear to and from)

another towel for your shower

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change of clothes

you may need soap, shampoo and conditioner, but the studio I was at had some

Things I wish I knew:

Don’t wear makeup, it will burn your eyes when you try and wipe your eyes from sweat

Rinse any lotion off you may have had on. When you’re trying to do poses and you’re sweaty AND have lotion on you can fall 😉

Hope these tips help, let me know if you try hot yoga!

any tips to add?

what are you doing today that you’re looking forward to?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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3 Responses to Tips for your first time at hot yoga

  1. Great tips! I like to drink more water than instructors usually like, so sometimes I just tell them before class that I’m going to drink water when I need it and that I’m not trying to insult their class. But that’s just me. Also, if you’re going to a 5 pm class and the last time you ate was lunch…please have a snack about an hour before class. You don’t want to be woozy from lack of fuel!

  2. I loved hot yoga when I tried it! I’d love to do it again.
    I think you covered it!! The only other thing I would add is because you do feel sooooo flexible, I think you need to be even more careful to listen to your body and not push it to injury. But yeah, I’ve never felt so flexible in my life.

  3. Great tips! I forgot a towel the first time that I went to hot yoga and I REALLY regretted it 😦

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