HOT YOGA: Tips & advice if you are new to hot yoga.
Here are our tips and advice, for your first hot yoga class at at1.SPACE, Nottingham:
1. What do I need to bring to my hot yoga class?
Just yourself, an open mind and a towel (a MUST HAVE!)
You can purchase special hot yoga towels (soon available at the at1.SPACE SHOP) that are the size of your yoga mat and they usually have little grippers to keep you from slipping and sliding around.
These are ideal for a hot yoga class - but a standard towel is also fine for your first few experiences, then you can decide on special hot yoga kit when you have more knowledge.
2. Clothing - what should I wear to my hot yoga class?
FIRSTLY - Every inch of you is going to sweat in a hot yoga class, so be prepared!
You don’t have to go in shorts and a sports bra if you are not comfortable, but the less clothes you are wearing, the better.
Short's are recommended, but again if you are not comfortable leggings can work - but try to wear spandex or sweat wicking material because the sweat is inevitable. Try to avoid baggy clothing or anything made from cotton as cotton just holds in sweat and will get uncomfortable and very hot, very fast.
Dry-wear/fast-dry sports fabric's are ideal. Designer sports brands to Primark have ranges now, so there are options for all budgets.
3. What should I eat or drink before & after my hot yoga class?
Before your hot yoga class, be sure to drink a lot of water. You are going to be pouring out sweat so you want your body to be prepared. We suggest bringing a HUGE water bottle. You can take sips during and it will help you get through.
You may wish to eat a banana or something small before your class for energy - we advise doing this about an hour before your hot yoga class.
After class, HYDRATE! After that epic sweat sesh you need to replenish. Drink lots of water and consider using a recovery drink too.
4. Tell us that you are new to hot yoga!
Don’t be shy about this, it is important for our yoga teachers to know so we can assist and support you, making sure you are enjoying your yoga experience, and allowing us to adjust and advise you too. Also, it's best to advise us of any medical conditions or injuries that may impact your hot yoga class (you'll sign a consent form too, but we welcome you to come and speak with us before the class about anything at all).
We want to help you reach personal goals - working at your own pace, doing as much as you can, and if you get tired or feel like the heat is too much, take a break without feeling conscious, or embarrassed. Our classes are full of positivity, so you should never worry about not being good enough, flexible enough, or fit enough - it's YOUR journey, everyone is on their own individual progress path.
5. Come with an Open Mind
...and a positive approach! You shouldn't be nervous (but we understand trying anything new can make you feel so), or arrive at your hot yoga class expecting it to be too hard, or too easy either.
Come without expectations - and feed back to us what you think too, we want to hear! You may dislike it and never do another hot yoga class again or you could fall in love...
You may only make it through the warm up and one pose and spend the rest of the class lying down, or you may make it through all of the poses and never have to take a rest.
Neither one is the right way to practice hot yoga. Yoga is about YOU.
If you are in class on the mat, you are contributing. If you go in with an open mind, you will enjoy the experience no matter how it turns out because you won’t have expectations that you are holding yourself to. Simply just trying it mean's you took a positive step.
6. Don’t stress!
If you’ve never been to a hot yoga class before or it’s been years, it’s okay! You will most likely not be the only beginner in the class, even if no one else is admitting it. Perhaps try looking online via google, and familiarise yourself with some of the poses as this can help you feel a bit more confident. When you arrive for your hot yoga class, you may want to pick a back corner, as there is something about not having people behind or on one side of you that feels comforting at first and will help you to relax if you are feeling nervous.
7. Arrive 15 mins early.
This will give you time to relax a bit before going in, and even chat to some of the other's in your class, or introduce yourself to the hot yoga teacher – sometimes the lead up to doing something new is the most stressful part, right?
We look for ward to seeing you at the hot yoga classes, at at1.SPACE YOGA | Nottingham.