In October of 2015, I opened YO BK, a boutique studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We specialize in Bikram Yoga, the unique scorching yoga, and Inferno Hot Pilates, a HIIT class that makes use of Pilates rules, a disco ball and energetic music. Believe it or not, our courses are simply as busy in the summertime as in the winter.
Practicing scorching yoga and Pilates when it’s already scorching outdoors provides a host of advantages that aren’t out there in the winter. Hot courses allow you to acclimate to the warmth by educating your physique to cool itself successfully and effectively by means of sweat. They arm you with focus, focus and breath to deal with the warmth. Your physique will already be good and heat once you begin class, and you’ll expertise extra flexibility to go deeper into your follow.
That stated, it’s essential to care for your self throughout the summer time months so you are feeling rejuvenated—not beat up—by the scorching room. Here are my greatest ideas for preserving your cool in the warmth:
This is a no-brainer! The excellent news is, a scorching apply in the summer time reminds you to drink extra water—a minimum of Three-Four liters of water per day. It takes the physique virtually an hour to hydrate, so come to class nicely hydrated or you’ll be enjoying catch up. If you’re taking a morning class, be certain to drink a lot of water the night time earlier than. Invest in an insulated water bottle to hold your water chilly in the scorching room.
Remember that your physique sweats out extra than simply water. We lose nutritional vitamins and minerals in higher quantities in the summertime, specifically sodium, potassium and magnesium. My favourite electrolyte complement is Ultima Replenisher, a scrumptious, sugar-free powder that may be added to water or taken by itself. You should buy Emergen-C at the pharmacy or do it the pure method: add honey, lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt to your water. Raw coconut water can also be a nice supply of potassium.
Warmer climate typically interprets into a lighter urge for food, which suggests you’re much less inclined polish off a huge bowl of chili proper earlier than class. This can take your follow to a new degree by relieving you of that “full” feeling and letting you go a lot deeper into the postures. Stick to fruit, veggies, nuts and protein, and eat hydrating meals like cucumber and watermelon. To keep away from nausea, eat your final meal no fewer than three hours earlier than class.
Wear mild, breathable clothes that allows you to sweat and transfer. Cotton will get heavy, so persist with Lycra. My favourite manufacturers are Toda Boa and Onzie. It’s additionally a good concept to deliver a breezy sundress for after class. There are few issues extra humiliating than placing on skinny denims in a busy altering room when you possibly can’t cease sweating!
Let it move
Resist the urge to wipe your sweat. Wiping could be a distraction to you and the individuals round you and won’t cease the sweat from coming. Sweat is your physique’s pure cooling mechanism. Let it movement and focus in your follow. Also, make sure that to take away your make-up earlier than class. I’ve tried each waterproof mascara beneath the solar and none of them make the minimize! A clear face is best on your pores as you sweat.
Make up your thoughts
The summer time warmth could make you are feeling stifled and sluggish. Bikram yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates fill your tank with power by growing your oxygen consumption and balancing the numerous methods of the physique. The hardest a part of a follow is getting there, so do your physique (and thoughts) some good and present up for sophistication!
Tune into your self and respect your boundaries. Feelings of nausea and dizziness can occur whenever you’re dehydrated, so take rests as you want to and bounce again in if you’re prepared.
Get pleasant and have enjoyable
An train buddy retains you accountable, and also you’ll have somebody to drink rose with after class. True story: I’m nonetheless buddies with the lady who introduced me to my first Bikram yoga class 13 years in the past! Hot yoga and Pilates enhance your power, stamina and stability for enjoyable summertime actions. These superb exercises burn a plethora of energy and tone your physique in all the proper locations.