French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
After the results of the last French elections, I decided to change my diet: I’ll always keep the espresso, but I am going newsfree and I am enrolling in a new yoga class. When you can not change the situation, at least you can try to change the effects it has on you.
I wanted to try something totally new, so I signed for Hot yoga. Some of you would think it is a classic yoga but with me in it. It is actually slightly more than that.
I love it Hot (when it comes to Yoga)
Hot yoga is practiced in a 90/110 F room with 40% humidity. Its extreme form is the infamous Bikram yoga (90mn kind of workout, 26 postures, no meditation) but the class I took was closer to Moshka (A bit of meditation, standing poses, on-the-floor postures..). I found the heat pretty bearable, as it was already hotter and far more humid outside (Welcome to Cebu!). It is all relative ..
What you’ll get :
An improved awareness:
It is so hot, that focusing on your breath comes really naturally. If you want to do the asana, you have to forget about the rest, the wet hair, the drops of perspiration on your mat, everything that is not connected to your breath and your movements.The heat improved my focus and I felt rejuvenated, both physically and mentally.
A cleaner skin:
How to kill 2 birds with one stone. You get the exercise and the facial detox/pore cleansing in the same time. Who could resist this amazing offer?
An energised and more flexible body:
The heat works on your body by gently relaxing your muscles and I felt that the postures were easier to stand.
What you’ll need:
Hot yoga veterans all tell you to drink at least 500ml of water in the hour preceding your practice. Needless to say, bring a bottle (preferably with lemon) on the mat.
You’ll actually also loose minerals. So the best is to drink coconut water (December like in the Philippines) or some sort of Gatorade (make sure it is not loaded with sugars). Here are some great tips on how to rehydrate your body.
For your face, for your mat, for your shower.
A door (exit):
Very nearby, if you are beginner or just need to feel a bit of fresh air when the teacher let the air circulate from times to times. My VIP spot, wouldn’t leave it to anyone!
Last but not least : listen to your body. As my favorite teacher always says:”Resting and modifying in class is a sign of a mature student; one who listens to their inner voice“.
…about Hot Yoga and 10 essential tips to adjust to this practice.
… about Bikram Yoga
.. about Moshka (or Modo) Yoga
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