HOT YOGA: 5 FAQs

1. Why HOT?!
Hot classes leave you feeling RINSED, RUNG OUT and REFRESHED! I always feel so clear after a hot class. The heat offers quite a few benefits: 

  • your muscles relax and loosen more in the heat, which relieves tension and allows for better stretch
  • your body rinses and cleanses through the act of sweating 
  • your bodily fluids circulate - increased circulation is great for your skin, muscles, connective tissues, joints, and organs - basically for everything!
  • the circulation of your lymph fluid through moving and breathing strengthens your immune system
  • the warmth causes expansion, and your airways and lungs open up. think about it - when its cold, your body does the opposite, it contracts, or closes off!

2. Are there any... DANGERS?!
I wouldn’t say there are “dangers” necessarily, but I would say that it's important to take precaution, hydrate well with water AND electrolytes before taking any heated yoga class. Some styles of yoga heat the room above 100 degrees, but many stay at 90, which is similar to being outside on a summer day. Anyone who is prone to ailments that are affected by heat (i.e. migraines, high or low blood pressure, glaucoma) should definitely speak with their doctor and instructor before taking hot yoga classes.

3. Who can benefit, and who shouldn’t participate?
Really anyone can benefit! Hot yoga is especially beneficial for people who are really tight and experience a lot of tension in their muscles, and it’s amazing for athletes who are training, and its amazing for anyone who wants to feel good physically and have a clear mind!
Pregnant women who have never practiced hot yoga should not begin during pregnancy or soon after birth. However, a pregnant mom who has been doing hot yoga regularly should talk to their doctor and make decisions from there- some expecting moms would be just fine! As mentioned above, anyone who is prone to ailments that are affected by heat or a lot of up and down movements (i.e. migraines, high or low blood pressure, glaucoma) should definitely speak with their doctor and instructor before taking hot yoga classes.

4. How should I prepare!?
Participants should come with water and a face towel (or two!). Preregister online, and come 15 minutes before the start time of class to get signed in and settled. Before taking a class, prepare by eating a nutritious snack, something like fruit, nuts and/or granola, that has some density to it (i.e. not just a salad, and not a heavy meal!), drink plenty of water throughout the day and take electrolytes! It's important to get educated on electrolytes- replenishing the sodium and potassium that you sweat out is imperative!

5. How often should I go to see results? 
Depending on what you're looking for, anywhere from 3-5 times/week. I know, I know, you're so busy! There is incredible power to be discovered when you make "wellness" time for yourself. Yoga calms your mind, creates peace and clarity, increases your flexibility,  strengthens your heart and lungs, tones up your entire body...when everything feels good, life is so much easier and more enjoyable! 
If you are interested in having a conversation around what you want and need, you can set up a coaching consultation with me. We will get clear on what your goals are, what's possible for you, and what type of schedule you should work with in order to achieve those goals in your desired amount of time. To set up a coaching session, email me at danielle@daniellecosgrove.com

Danielle Cosgrove