A first timer’s guide to… Hot yoga
THE HOT YOGA SOCIETY, LONDON BRIDGE
The heat is hot. There’s no escaping it. In fact the first time I went to The Hot Yoga Society in London Bridge the teacher started the class by telling first timers our biggest challenge was just to stay in the room. Oh great.
Before the class I was more worried everyone else would be more skinny, serene and supple than me. Plus there’s the ‘do I have to Om?’ question, the equally important ‘will I guff in someone’s face?’ question and the most important ‘will someone else guff in mine?’ Well good news on the guffing. It’s a myth, relax (but not too much…) And the Om’ing seems to be for other types of yoga.
WATER IS KEY
Drink plenty – before, during and after. ‘Arrive hydrated’ was the teacher’s advice, which came a little late seeing as I had already arrived. Best to drink steadily beforehand rather than necking a couple of litres in the first 20 minutes unless you like to build toilet breaks into your session. The teacher advised us to breathe through our noses, which is counter-intuitive considering the room was hardly odour free. ‘The hardest part is getting here,’ the teacher said. ‘Once you’re here, you just do everything the teacher tells you.’ She was right there.
Hot yoga is exactly as it sounds. Regular ‘Hatha’ yoga in a room heated to 40°C. I loved it. Sure it’s tough, really tough at times, but it’s also fantastic. It makes you feel strong, calm, alert and filled with energy. I’m hooked. No guff. (hotyogasociety.com)
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