How hot is too hot?

Doing yoga in a heated spot can be beneficial for many reasons, but how hot is too hot? And when it is about 120 degrees, what’s the socially accepted way of asking someone to stop dripping their sweat on you?

Yesterday Mallory and I went to the Baptiste Power Institute in Brookline for a 90 min hot power yoga class. We were told it would be anywhere from 90-100 degrees, which we were totally okay with and prepared for. I think they maybe forgot it was already 90 outside and there was no reason to heat up a room with 30 people in it, mats touching, and the sun shinning in. So the beginning of the class was awesome, I was feeling really great, then it just got way too hot for us, and most others in the class. Now don’t get me wrong, I would love to do it again, but just not on a hot day.

So why would anyone want to put themselves through this? Well there are many benefits to adding heat to your yoga practice; here is a list of  a few:

  • Your body burns fat more effectively, fat may be redistributed and burned as energy during the class.
  • The heat produces a fluid-like stretch allowing for greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body
  • Capillaries dilate in the heat; more effectively oxygenating the tissues, muscles, glands and organs and helping in the removal of waste products
  • Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
  • You benefit from a strengthening of willpower, self-control, concentration and determination in this challenging environment

Check out this website for more!

After the class was over, we left, completely soaked, and headed over to Grasshopper. DELICIOUS! Next post I’ll talk more about that though.  Next time I will be sure to drink WAAAY more water before AND after class.

On another note, another sunset yoga class is happening Sept 16th at 5:45 at Horseneck!


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