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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!
Men and Beauty: 5 reasons to join the self-care party
Beauty
Published Tuesday Jul 20, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Men and Beauty: 5 Reasons to Join the Self-care Party

Wellness
Beauty
Self-care

I think the saying goes something like, “no matter what happens in the span of 24 hours, there’s nothing some self-care can’t fix,” right? Okay, I just made that up, but it does have some validity.

Let’s face it—some days just feel a lot heavier than others. We can all attest to that.

Whenever I’m having a particularly long day, there’s not much I crave more than some "me" time. What does the perfect self-care routine look like to me? Well, it can be anything from a simple bubble bath and mani/pedi to a massage or facial. For a lot of us, self-care isn’t just an act of luxury—it’s a daily commitment to our own long-term well-being. And more than that, it's a personal investment in ourselves—which isn’t limited to any gender BTW.

For the most part, society’s longstanding narrative has been that self-care is an act of pure lavishness more commonly enjoyed by women. We don’t buy this for a second, which is why we want to take a moment to officially welcome men to the self-care party. Manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages—everyone’s invited.

Still not convinced? Here are the top five reasons men should invest in beauty services.

It can improve your health

It feels like a given, but sometimes the serious benefits of investing in a new beauty service are largely missed. While services like facials and massages do feel amazing—they’re also good for our overall health. Taking care of your body (externally and internally) can prevent illnesses and increase your sense of wellbeing, which is a positive for everyone.

Self-care reduces stress

Sit back and kick your feet up (literally). Booking a personal wellness service is a guaranteed way to relieve tension while taking a little extra care of yourself. Almost every beauty service offers the sensation of relaxing because you’re letting someone else take care of you—even if it’s just for a small window of time. It’s a calming experience to go into an appointment knowing that your only job (aside from being there) is to soak it all in. We all deserve moments like that.

You'll feel and look great

When we look like our best selves, we usually feel like our best selves. Investing in beauty services can boost our self-esteem by giving us extra confidence in the areas we feel we need it most. According to our Mindbody Wellness Index, 37% of men said they agreed or strongly agreed with the following statement: I continue getting specialized beauty treatments like lash extensions, blowouts, etc. because they make me feel like myself.* We couldn’t agree more. Beauty treatments overall make us feel better about how we approach our daily lives—a feeling we all deserve.

Never get bored with one thing

Whether you’re craving a massage or looking for something new like BOTOX®, permanent makeup, or full-body skin treatments (mud and detox body wraps) the list of ways to invest in yourself is long and expansive. Maybe you tried cryotherapy, but didn’t love it—fortunately, there are still hundreds of different ways to invest in yourself and find a routine that you really love. It also means that you’re not limited to one way to treat yourself. You can commit to monthly pedicures and on those days when you feel like you need a little extra, you can fit another service in. This is the beauty (literally) of these services.

It's a lot of fun

Lastly, indulging in a day where the most important thing on your to-do list is to invest in yourself is just a lot of fun. Dedicating a time slot where you go into a beauty appointment, knowing you’re going to come out feeling better than before is a hard thing to not be excited about. Not only does it feel great to make yourself the only priority for a day but getting your glow on is a real blast.

Bottom line—self-care is a necessity for all human beings to live their lives at their highest potentials. It is a staple for any person looking to pour love into their own cups and make themselves the priority that we all deserve to be. For best results, I recommend trying it yourself and reaping all the benefits—you can thank me later.  

Ready to join the self-care party? Book an appointment on Mindbody.

* Mindbody Wellness Index 

bree lewis headshot
Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!