Definition of Yoga- a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
So you ask is Hot Yoga “hard”… Is relaxing hard for you? Does the idea of relaxing while sweating profusely and being in constant motion sound more difficult than fighting lions on the plains of Africa? Then you have answered your own question. This being said……
Let me put it to you in another way. Does training your body to listen to it’s rythmic breath instead of its’ monkey mind while detoxifying your body sound hard? It’s not.. Its beautiful.
HARD or NOT? – NOT
Keys to success:
- Hydrate at least 1 hour before class– Drinking water in class will only help a little, coming in fully hydrated will ensure an easy going class.
- Buy or Rent a Hot Yoga Towel– These towels will ensure you don’t slip and slide your way through practice.
- Don’t worry about how others in the class are practicing– Trying to be as far advanced as the ass hole long haired, hand standing Yogi to your right will push you into the pain game, you’re not as good as me yet, practice at your own pace.
- Don’t do BIKRAM Yoga- This sub culture of Hot Yoga may have founded the practice, but they don’t really practice yoga. You will sweat you will hurt, but you’re missing the point.
- Listen to the Instructor- When they instruct you to slow your breathing, even though you think you’re dying, YOU’RE NOT, you need to slow the breathing to control the body and mind. It sounds counter intuitive, but it works. Slow deep breathing.
- Set an Intention for Your Practice- Why are you attending class? if you think about anything during your practice, only think about that… Your intention.
Yoga is the way I make it through my weeks. It keeps me centered and mindful. I hope if you choose to do Yoga, you practice with respect of Yoga and more importantly yourself. Although it’s not hard to do Hot Yoga, sometimes it can be hard to do Hot Yoga good. But all it takes to do Hot Yoga well, is to respect yourself enough to practice your Yoga and reap the benefits.