What Is Hot Yoga?

Hot yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular yoga styles across the United States, but many yoga practitioners have either never tried it, or don’t fully understand what a hot yoga class consists of. In today’s post, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about hot yoga.

At Wilmington Yoga, we proudly offer a variety of hot yoga classes for beginners and advanced students alike. If you’re interested in learning more about our yoga classes, then stop by our Wilmington location or come by our brand new yoga studio in Leland! We’re currently offering 30 days of yoga for $30 dollars at both of our yoga studio locations, so now is the perfect time to try hot yoga or any of our other great classes. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Let’s start with the basics — how hot is hot yoga? The temperature of a hot yoga class is typically between 95 and 105 degrees, and many yoga studios choose to add humidity to the room as well. Many hot yoga classes utilize a vinyasa structure, which requires you to move from pose to pose while maintaining a deep and steady breathing pattern. Bikram yoga, a particular style of hot yoga, consists of 26 different poses done in succession. Even if you’re not practicing Bikram yoga, you can expect a hot yoga session to seriously tax your body and leave you feeling sore for a few days after the session. You’ll find that your body has to work much harder to maintain stable poses in the intense heat, so be prepared for a tough, rewarding yoga session.

The environment of a hot yoga class will make you sweat much more than a regular yoga class, so plan on purchasing your own mat if you don’t already have one. You’ll also want to dress appropriately — your normal yoga clothes might be too slippery and heat-retentive for you to get the most out of your class. Make sure that you come to your hot yoga class well-hydrated, and be sure to drink plenty of water as the class goes on and throughout the rest of the day. While it’s unlikely that you’ll feel anything but refreshed and rejuvenated after your first hot yoga session, always stop and speak with your instructor if you ever feel dizzy or lightheaded.

We hope that this post has helped you to better understand what hot yoga is. In our next post, we’ll discuss a few of the most prominent health benefits that hot yoga can provide. If you’d like to try hot yoga in Wilmington or Leland, then come by Wilmington Yoga or get in touch with us online! Our friendly yoga instructors will help you find a class that perfectly suits your goals and current fitness level, and we even offer yoga teacher training programs for those who would like to take their practice to an entirely new level. Get in touch with our yoga studio today to learn more!

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