First Time Trying Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is definitely one of my favorite types of yoga. For me, there is no better feeling than a big sweat. Hot yoga rids your body of toxins, opens your muscles and makes you more flexible, and allows Shavasana to feel even greater. There are some things you should know before entering your first hot yoga class and some things you should be aware of.

  • Bring a small towel. You will get very sweaty. Use this to wipe off your face and the sweat on your body! Trust me, this will be very useful throughout the class.
  • Put a towel over your yoga mat. I got mine from Target for a relatively inexpensive class. Having a towel over your mat prevents your hands and feet from slipping.
  • Drink water beforehand and during your practice. Staying hydrated is the key.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard. Pace yourself throughout your practice. Go to the child’s pose when needed and don’t hesitate to take a break at any time.
  • Wear leggings! I highly advise wearing leggings over shorts to hot yoga. It is much easier to hold crow while wearing leggings as your legs won’t slip.
  • Don’t compare your practice to the person next to you. Some people have been doing hot yoga for a very long time. Remember to focus on your own practice and growth. The only person you need to be worried about is yourself.
  • If you need to leave the class because you feel lightheaded, just tell the teacher. There is no shame in needing to step outside the class for a few minutes. Your well-being is far more important!
  • Don’t eat anything too heavy before a class. My favorite pre-yoga foods are smoothies, rice cakes with peanut butter and banana, granola bars, oatmeal, or Greek yogurt. Being full throughout a practice is never comfortable.
  • Don’t be afraid to just wear a sports bra. You will get very hot. Wearing just a sports bra in hot yoga is totally okay and not frowned upon. In fact, it is more comfortable than wearing a tank top.
  • Inform the teacher that it is your first hot yoga class. Letting the teacher know this will give them a heads up that you are new to this and may need to take a break here and there.

Hot yoga is one of my favorite yoga practices. At first, it was quite the challenge for me and left me feeling exhausted. But over some time and with practice and perseverance, it has grown to be so enjoyable for me. If you struggle at first, don’t give up! Give this practice a chance before making any judgments against it, and remember all these tips before trying your first class. Get ready to have fun and get your sweat on!

Leggings or Harem Pants for Yoga?

What do you wear to your yoga class? Leggings, harem pants or maybe even your favorite pair of short shorts? I have to admit that living in England it is rare that I get my shorts on for yoga. I also have to admit that until recently I had never worn a pair of harem pants. I have always thought that the people who wear them look amazing but being my clumsy self I would probably end up tripping over my baggy legs. They do however look extremely comfortable so I thought that I’d get myself some and try them out during a class.

Leggings have always been my go-to clothing item, mainly because of the easiness of them. In recent years leggings have made their way into most ladies’ wardrobes. I’ve also noticed a lot of men wearing leggings (as you can see in this video by Travis Eliot), especially at the gym. You can find them in almost any shop and they do look good with almost anything. You can go straight from yoga to the shops, which is my second favorite love.

Harem pants on the other hand; where do you even find these if you don’t like online shopping? I don’t think that I have ever seen a pair in a shop (maybe I am just not looking in the right places). But determined to try them I logged into Amazon and bought my first pair. Now for an even trickier decision: what shoes do you wear with harem pants on the way to and from a class? For some reason, I just couldn’t imagine them looking as good with my comfy trainers as they do barefoot. Luckily this week it has been rather warm so I didn’t look too strange wearing my holiday flip-flops. Check out this video by Elise Buch who reviews the Bohemian harem pants for yoga.

At first, I thought that the harem pants might restrict my movements but they proved me wrong and I felt as free as a bird. The grip on my leg was a bit of an issue as the harem pants were so smooth. I had to concentrate a lot harder than normal to hold the tree pose but this was not enough of an issue for me to want to rip them off and finish the class in my knickers. The best thing about them was that they looked cute. They fitted lovely. I even received a compliment for them (let’s face it, we all like a compliment).

I think that I will always be a bigger fan of leggings for practicing yoga, but I will definitely be keeping my very comfy and floaty harem pants for when I want to practice on hotter days.