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Hot Yoga

Who else does it???

 

I'm fairly new to it -- having only gone for about two or three weeks -- and I'm deeply addicted to it!  I go about three times a week.  (The studio I go to does the Bikram style.)

 

My studio is having a couple 20-day challenges in upcoming months (where you go everyday for 20 days) -- I'm thinking of signing up! 

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 Are there hot yoga styles other than Bikram?

 

I've done some yoga in the past, but just a few random drop in classes.  I don't do well with cold or hot temperatures in general, so I haven't been willing to give hot yoga a try.

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What is "Hot Yoga"?

 

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Hot yoga is done in a studio with the temperatures turned up. It is my understanding that the heat in the room helps your muscles warm up better and so you can do the poses more easily. Also, it encourages you to sweat, releasing toxins.

I have not done a hot yoga class. I have been going to classes lately where the teacher has the room warmer, but I don't think this is to the 'hot' level. We do have a new instructor in tow who does hot yoga. I have been hearing good things about him. I might try one of his classes.

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I do know a lot of people who love this style, but I have not yet tried it.  A skin condition that I have disagrees with excessive amounts of sweat.

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I have become addicted!

 

I seem to have a strange knack for organising things... so I now have an unofficial Hot Yoga Club.  It started with my friend and his girlfriend taking me to their regular studio (which is now my regular studio).  I loved it and began talking about it a lot...

- A guy from my church has started doing it with me.  He's new to it too and absolutely loves it.  He plans to go more often than me.

- A guy I met at Starbucks does yoga at home and has been wanting to get back into a hot yoga studio, so he's going with me tomorrow.

- A guy I met on Facebook also does yoga at home and wants to get back into a hot yoga studio.  I haven't gone with him yet.

- Another guy I met on Facebook does hot yoga at another studio and has been wanting to try the studio I go to, so he will join me soon.

- A guy from one of my gym classes wants to try it too, so we're going on Sunday.

- And the original guy and his girlfriend still go with me from time to time.  (He's joining me tonight.)

...So this is my Hot Yoga Club.  I think we need more females.

 

I think the yoga studio should start paying me for all the business I'm bringing them.

 

@Beloved

Hot yoga is indeed done in a hot room -- average is about 40 degrees with the humidity set at about 40%.  The heat allows your muscles to relax, so that you are better able to do the poses of the class.

 

@chemgal

Bikram yoga, I think, is the most common hot yoga, but there is another style... not sure of what it's called as I don't do it.  Bikram is all set and separated postures.  The other style is a bit more "flowy" and you move progressively from posture to posture without any breaks in between.

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When I was walking with my dog this morning, I saw a poster for hatha style hot yoga. I imagine any yoga style can be done in a hot room.........all you have to do is turn up the heat. Anyway, that means two hot classes in town.

 

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I am glad I could give you some joy Beshpin.

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well I tried it once....I didn't know it was POSSIBLE to sweat that much! Not to gross anyone out but I was literally wringing the sweat out of my clothes like water in the end. I had never done any sort of other yoga before either and I didn't dislike it but it wasn't something I would say I overly enjoyed. Perhaps if I did it a few more times but I don't know of a place around here nor do I have the money.

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YouthWorker wrote:

...So this is my Hot Yoga Club.  I think we need more females.

 

LOL - I was thinking the same thing Youthworker as I read down your list! 

 

I've been going to "old lady" yoga for a couple of weeks & I like it a lot.  We old girls are hot enough ... we don't need the room heated up to make us sweat! 

 

You must drink gallons of water during a class, with all that sweating!  Personally, I think I might just like to take a sauna ...

 

Actually, we were talking about hot yoga at work earlier this week - wondering what the possible health concerns might be - eg hyperthermia has its health risks ... does the instructor talk about that at all? 

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BethanyK wrote:

well I tried it once....I didn't know it was POSSIBLE to sweat that much! Not to gross anyone out but I was literally wringing the sweat out of my clothes like water in the end. 

 

That was my biggest shock, too.  I don't think anyone truly understands how much you can sweat till you take the class.  My shorts and underwear are soaked with sweat, as is the huge beach towel you put on top of your mat.

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carolla wrote:

You must drink gallons of water during a class, with all that sweating!  Personally, I think I might just like to take a sauna ...

 

Actually, we were talking about hot yoga at work earlier this week - wondering what the possible health concerns might be - eg hyperthermia has its health risks ... does the instructor talk about that at all? 

 

I have a half-litre water bottle.  I drink 3-4 of these during the day before class.  Then I drink some of it right before class.  I drink the whole thing during class.  After class I drink one more.  And i usually have one more before I head home.  So, that's what... three or four litres of water throughout the day?

 

The instructors haven't spoken too much about the dangers of heat.  When you go for your first class, the instructor will talk to you before you start -- and they tell you a little about adapting to the heat and to not push yourself -- and that at any point you can simply lie down rather than continue.  So... they tell you some things, but not enough.

 

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Just wondering too - with all that hydration & extreme sweating ... does it get, shall we say, "fragrant" in the yoga studio??

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Umm... fragrant is a nice way of putting it.

 

It's really not as bad as it could be, but it does have a certain smell to it.

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I LOVE hot yoga: 26 poses, always the same, 110F (40C) and Humid. This is the Bikram style.  It's really quite a workout! That being said: it's not for everyone.

I've been doing it off and on for 18 mos. now; I've stepped up my game because I'm finally getting some more free time (boys growing, husband not dragon boating in winter) and I too am totally addicted.

My studio (www.http://www.bikramyogaredtree.com/) Never smells; the owner (Vesna) is absolutely insane about cleanliness, which helps make the whole thing a joy to be part of.

Actually, for details about Bikram Hot Yoga, take a look at the link (above).  The theory behind the crazy is simple. Think of a wash cloth: you clean it using hot water to soak, then wring it out and repeat. So, you stand there and breath (soak); then you squeeze everything into a pose (not complex, but hard to hold over time in that heat); then you let everything soak again as you stand there and breath. 

Amazing workout : up to 3-400 calorie burn, by the way.

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martha wrote:

Amazing workout : up to 3-400 calorie burn, by the way.

 

According to this yoga calculator, it's way more than that.  For Bikram yoga, 90 minutes, and my weight, I clock in at 953 calories burned.  My friend (if he ever makes it all the way through a class) could burn up to 1254 calories.

 

And that's an interesting dish cloth analogy -- it actually makes a lot of sense!

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YouthWorker wrote:
Who else does it???

 

Ech. Not me. I like mine cold, and especially raspberry flavored.

 

Quote:
I'm fairly new to it -- having only gone for about two or three weeks -- and I'm deeply addicted to it!  I go about three times a week.  (The studio I go to does the Bikram style.)

 

Mostly I have mine at home. I'm unfamiliar with the Bikram style. I do enjoy the Balkan.

 

Seriously though, hot yoga is not for me. Heat is a trigger for my epileptic seizures.

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So... today was interesting...

 

A buff muscular guy who has done yoga for four years passed out -- fell straight backwards from a standing position.  He was out for 5-10 seconds, but was all right when he came to.

 

The instructor said she's been teaching for five years, and that's only the third time that's happened in her class.

 

And my friend, who has low blood pressure and gets lightheaded every class (but has been improving greatly each class), almost passed out after class.  We stood up and his arms went limp at his side and he slowly drooped forward.  I put my hand on his shoulder to stop his slow downward droop.  He continued drooping for 10-15 seconds, then perked up.  My other friend and I got him out and into the hallway and had him sit down -- and he almost collapsed while doing so -- but we got him to rest and drink some water.  About five minutes later he was back to normal.  (We were later told that most people find their third or fourth class the hardest -- so I guess it's true -- this was his fourth class.)

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I should add... for those of you who are thinking of trying it out, don't let my adventurous class today scare you!  One thing I like about hot yoga is that it is good for all people -- no matter your body shape or fitness level -- so the tough buff guy passing out doesn't really mean anything...

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I thought of you YW when I was in my yoga class. It was a flow class that was very nice. The room was quite hot.....though I think hot yoga is even hotter. Yikes. Mine was a good class, and not nearly so adventurous as yours!

 

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I saw the title to this thread and I assumed it was about the nude yoga video featuring 2007 Playmate of the year Sara Jean Underwood. It's been getting a lot of buzz lately for some reason even though it came out a few years ago.

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My yoga class is deinately not nude! and while us older women can be hot the class isn't!

It's once a week in the evening wled by a community instructor held at the church. I'm the only congration member there.

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YouthWorker wrote:

I should add... for those of you who are thinking of trying it out, don't let my adventurous class today scare you!  One thing I like about hot yoga is that it is good for all people -- no matter your body shape or fitness level -- so the tough buff guy passing out doesn't really mean anything...

 

I don't know, YW, I was thinking about it . . . til you mentioned people drop like flies .

 

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I think I would try cool/cold yoga first!

 

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Yoga is great. I went to a class last night and on Wednesday night. Now it feels like someone oiled my hips....I feel much more limber! Yoga is a great stress reliever.

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I agree northwind - it's great to stretch out the kinks.  I'm not flexible at all, but do what I can.

 

Oooo youthworker - that was quite an eventful evening you had!   Glad no severe injuries were sustained - although Mr Buff could certainly have a concussion from a fall like that.   I wonder why the instructor says the 4th class is hardest?    Why would that be the case?

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carolla wrote:

I wonder why the instructor says the 4th class is hardest?    Why would that be the case?

 

I dunno... I was only half listening since he was explaining it to my friend rather than to me.

 

But another friend that I go with says that after the third class, it gets easier.  So there's something to this 3rd / 4th class being tough...

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Oh, and my friend who almost passed out later confessed all he'd had that whole day was a donut and a coffee.  So it's his own fault.

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Sheesh. No wonder your friend almost passed out!

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Thanks for the yoga-burn calculator! Really helpful, since I was referencing a 'hot yoga' estimate, rather than a Bikram specific calculation: 1000+ burn is nice to know!!

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What I learned this week at hot yoga:

 

- Though the thought of a speedo is initimidating, yoga is actually much more enjoyable when wearing one.  (It's a square-cut retro style, so it's not too revealing -- don't worry.)

 

- Eating candy for lunch leads to a difficult hot yoga class.

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i went to yoga last night and the room was quite hot. I had my long yoga pants on. I was right beside the heater..........I was wondering what would be a better option than my yoga pants that felt like saran wrap. I kind of understand why nude yoga is popular in some circles. (I won't be going to a class) I am going to see if my shorts will allow me to do yoga. They are baggy and long, and cotton......

 

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Awwww, how cute the pup looks in the hallowe'en clown costume!

 

I think I'll pass on hot yoga, but someday I am going to try regular yoga.

 

I have a cd for beginners . . . is it easy to learn from a video?

 

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or would taking an actual class be better?

 

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I sometimes do yoga at home (other days I do stretching or strength exercise)..  Hot yoga doesn't sound enticing - at higher temps I can't breathe properly.

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double post!

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northwind ... NUDE yoga??      Too much information! 

youthworker ... speedo???      Too much information! 

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actually, come to think of it, I have a Rodney Yee yoga vid in which he's wearing a black speedo - and he has the well chiselled body & black pony tail to go with it!  It is shot on a beach in Hawaii though ...

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Anyone who looks like Rodney Yee is welcome to wear a Speedo!

 

Beloved, I would recommend taking a class so you can learn how to do the postures properly.

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My first day at hot yoga the intructor said (in a broad, E. Euro accent) "You must be more naked."  I had on a t-shirt and a pair of yoga capris. 

Then I went to lululemon (I know: expensive, but I've learned that they are worth the cost because they LAST) and bought a pair of short shorts with the 'underwear' sewn in, and a strappy top (I'm not at the bra/crop shirt stage yet) with lots of length.  I really recommend the shorts/incl. panties version.I don't so much like the yoga shorts...they're a bit tight for me.

I am always amazed at persons that are too body conscious to get "more naked"; it helps with everything hot yoga and honestly, I really don't notice other folks during the class--I'm way too distracted by my own practice.

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martha wrote:

I am always amazed at persons that are too body conscious to get "more naked"; it helps with everything hot yoga and honestly, I really don't notice other folks during the class--I'm way too distracted by my own practice.

 

I'm one of those people that is more confident and secure the more covered up I am.  Prior to hot yoga, I haven't worn shorts for a good seven or eight years and I never took off my shirt.  But, like you said, you get so drawn into your own practice that you don't notice anyone else.  And that means no one else is really noticing you.

 

So I thought, what the heck, I'll try the speedo thing.  Best purchase ever.  More naked is the way to go!

 

My friend, for his first class, forgot his shorts, so he had to wear his sweat pants.  And he has body image issues like the rest of us, so he kept his t-shirt on.  I hope he loses some layers for the next class.

 

(Oh, and check if your Lululemon has a sale rack.  The one out here has a permanent sale rack and I managed to pick up two pairs of shorts for $19 each -- less than half the original price.  I stroll in whenever I'm in the mall and just take a look.)

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ok: 1/2 off anything lulu is a super deal (worth it at twice the price, as I've stated above!) Thanks for the tip.  I'm not particularly close to a lulu, although in TO there sure are many locations.

Great Tip! Thanks!!

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I think I'm going to do the Solstice Challenge at my studio -- yoga everyday from December 2 to December 21.  It's a pretty sweet deal -- $68 plus a $50 deposit and you get the deposit back if you do all 20 classes.  (Normally, a 20-class pass costs $220.)

 

Anyone done a challenge like this before?

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Sounds like an interesting celebration of the Advent season youthworker    I hope you do well ... December is such a busy month for many, so I'll bet many don't get their $50 back - but even if not - it's a good deal!  And think how limber & fit you'll be for Xmas celebrations!!

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I know MANY who do challenges. Two very good, and very busy people I know well have found it to be a remarkable way to relax, mentally, since one can only Really think of hot yoga when you're actually doing it.  I'd like to think I could do it; my challenge will be to go as much as I can between now and Dec. 31, since my studio cut me a sweet deal (I've been going for a while now) on a unlimited play pass.

Try: you'll challenge yourself and push boundaries you don't even know you have! Let us know how you do~ :)

namaste

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Hopefully embedding this video works...

 

 

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I might try my first hot yoga class tomorrow morning. There is a class at 9:00. There is also a class with another teacher at the same time. Stay tuned.

 

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Northwind wrote:

I might try my first hot yoga class tomorrow morning. There is a class at 9:00. There is also a class with another teacher at the same time. Stay tuned.

 

 

I'm excited for you!  Let us know how it goes!  (And if you're doing one of the other kinds of hot yoga, the class is likely a bit shorter and a bit less intense...)

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Well YW, I went to the hot class this morning. Thankfully it was Hatha. We had some wonderful deep stretches. It was a nice class, and I liked the instructor. He is very excited about yoga and is learning as much as he can. His class after the one I did was power yoga. That might have been too much. Of course, the room was even hotter by then. So, now I have eaten, I have drank some more water. I will drink even more yoga. The coffee is going down nicely too.

 

I am sure I will return. He has a restorative class tomorrow afternoon. I may give that a shot.

 

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Woohoo!

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