July 19 | The Lifestyle | The Practice |
There’s a reason you go to hot yoga.
First, it feels good. And second, you sweat.
Sweat moves the gunk and toxins out of your body through the skin. Just when you think the sweat dripping down your face is unpleasant, remember your body is beautifully designed to cool you off and detoxify. Take a moment to have some gratitude for the warmth that produces your sweat!
As the air outside is starting to match the heat in class, it is important to find ways to keep cool during and after practice!
During your yoga flow, students are encouraged to inhale and exhale through the nose to calm the body and relieve anxiety (Ujjayi breath). However, if you feel overheated it’s okay to occasionally take one or two big inhales through the nose while exhaling through the mouth. The open-mouth exhale will provide a release of heat.
It’s important to arrive on your yoga mat already well hydrated. During class you can sip water when necessary (never chug it). After class, drink up! Water (we prefer ours at room temperature) helps move toxins out, hydrate tired muscles, and improve organ function.
Head to the bathroom before and after class and turn on the faucet. Run cool water over your wrists and even splash some up around your neck. The wrists and neck and two of many pulse points in your body where the blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin. Cooling these spots will help cool off your whole body.
Dab a small amount of peppermint, spearmint or eucalyptus essential oil on your temples or wrists to help cool you off. You can also create your own body spray by adding 1-2 drops of the essential oil with water in a small spray bottle. Step out of class and refresh your face and body with a light mist that will cool you off and make you smell good too.
While you may feel a bit steamy and exhausted during the Summer months, the above tricks will help cool you off. Before you know it, these practices will provide a sense of invigoration that will keep you coming back for more and more heat.