Are you someone who follows all the latest trends? Well news flash: Yoga is the thing to do. I mean, how could it not be? With numerous health benefits, there is no reason not to practice yoga.
Stepping into a yoga studio after having never practiced yoga can be a daunting task. What do I bring? What do I need to know? What happens if I don’t know it? Am I dressed properly? Are people judging me because I can’t do a headstand? Do I belong here?
First of all, if these are common thoughts, you need to get on a mat RIGHT NOW. Second, this article is to help you get over those silly feelings we all have once in a while.
7 Things to Prepare for When Entering a Hot Yoga Studio:
- Have the Right Mat – believe me, you don’t want to be slipping all over the place in a hot yoga class. Make sure you grab a mat that is geared toward hot yoga studios – best money you will ever spend.
- Bring a Water Bottle – I don’t care if you have never had a sip of water in your entire life, this will be the most important thing in there with you.
- Dress Tightly – No I don’t mean “en fleek” or whatever the kids are using to describe, “cool” these days. Wearing form-fitting (i.e. tighter) clothing in a yoga class ensures that you won’t find your jersey in your face during downward dog, nor will your leg snag on it when transitioning from downward dog into warrior one.
- Bring a towel – Even if it’s just to pad your need during a deep lunge, having a towel is convenient and versatile when it comes to practicing yoga – be it a hot studio or not.
- Throw Your Expectations Out The Door – practicing in a hot environment changes how your body performs. Most people find it harder to practice when it is hotter, if you’re one of the few that excel in a hot temperature – enjoy it.
- Be careful – Don’t push yourself too hard the first time. When your body isn’t use to practicing yoga in a hot room, it is not going to know where its limits are. It’s amazing how many people I have heard of that have strained a muscle in a hot class because they thought they could go further into the pose than their body was capable of. The heat encourages more flexibility, but that doesn’t mean that your muscles can always handle it.
- Have fun! This is probably the most important (and most cliché). If you can’t laugh at yourself during your practice, you’re not getting all the benefits of a yoga class. Enjoy yourself, laugh at yourself, be yourself. You won’t regret it.
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