How to hot yoga
January 20, 2014 12:35 PM Subscribe
I'm interested in trying a hot yoga class, but historically I've been one of those people that occasionally passes out from heat/humidity. Can (or should) I do this?
posted by greta simone to Health & Fitness (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Before anyone asks, I've recently had a physical and I'm in tip-top shape. I drink only water during the day (no soda or juice, maybe the occasional tea or coffee), and I keep myself very hydrated with said water. I've just always been very sensitive to heat especially if that heat is coupled with humidity. When I was younger (up through college) I would easily pass out in the shower (it would come on slowly so I would be able to get out and lay on the floor while my eyes went black). A dry sauna is difficult and short-lived, and a hot steam room is absolutely out of the question.
I want to try hot yoga just because people talk about how much they love it. But these are also people who love hot weather and humidity to begin with. So maybe it's just not for me? I generally enjoy yoga but I'm still just a beginner (I go very irregularly, maybe once or twice a month?), but I like to challenge myself physically from time to time. I currently do a moderately vigorous work out on the elliptical two or three times a week for 30 to 60 minutes with no problems and eat a healthy, balanced, omnivorous diet. I'm a 31 year old female, with a healthy BMI, and no health issues.
Is there a way to get over this sensitivity other than through exposure? I don't want to be the person who passes out in class the first time. Over-load on water right before-hand? Eat some certain kinds of foods? Do some warm-up exercises beforehand? Just drop the idea (which I would be fine with--this isn't some pressing need)? Whatcha think?