Last year I was battling some low back pain and a friend suggested I take a hot yoga class to help loosen and remove toxins from the muscles. I was already working with San Diego Chiropractor, Dr. Henry Wong who encourage yoga while my corrective care. If you have never taken a hot yoga class there is some things you should know before going. Hydration is probably the most important because you will sweat… a tremendous amount of sweat. If you are not hydrated before the class you may find yourself feeling dizzy or sick during your flow. You also want to make sure you are hydrating after class. Although you may want to drink tons of water during class I would discourage anything more than a few sips because you will continue to keep moving in class and a full belly full of water doesn’t feel great in a room that is heated over 90 degrees. Do make sure you bring water with you in class. You also want to make sure you have a towel with you because again, you will sweat a lot. It is really important to remember if you become too overheated and need to leave the room or lie down on your back, do so. No one will be offended, trust me the teacher/guide would prefer for you to slow it down or step out then faint. For some of us it makes take more time to get adjusted to taking heated classes. Remember to be aware of how your body is respond and make adjustments.
Heated yoga and going to my local San Diego Chiropractors office for treatment really helped my low back pain. I had to remember to take it slow and listen to my body. I also tried different yoga classes that were not heated, such as restorative yoga. This is a much slower flowing class focusing on deep stretching and meditation. Remember to find what is right for you and listen to your body!