Sports Yoga

Hot Yoga, Hot Damn

August 19, 2015


I finally did it guys.

Hot yoga is something I’ve always wanted to do. And I finally tried it (with one of my best friends whose birthday is today! SO to Jessie for being the best sweat buddy).

Hot yoga, aka bikram yoga, is basically like most other yoga classes but is held in a 95-105?F (around 40.5?C) room with 60% humidity.

Before those number send you away running and screaming, lets talk about some of the benefits of this unique form of yoga:

+ improves muscle and joint flexibility
+ the sweating gets out some toxins and can be good for weight loss (even if you’re just sweating out water weight)
+ boost your immune system due to your high body temperature during the class
+ allllll the other benefits of yoga (de-stressing, improving balance, etc)

Despite all this praise, there are also a lot of risks that you have to be vigilant to avoid during a hot yoga session. Hot yoga gets a lot of hate for being mega-dangerous but as long as you’re well informed and prepared, you’ll be more than fine.

However I do agree with critics that say hot yoga is a supplemental workout and not one by itself. Yoga is definitely what you make it and it definitely can be a great work out but for really building muscle and tone, combining other sports with yoga is your best bet.



Overall, I LOVED the class I took. Albeit we were only in a 95?F room, our instructor was really great and there were amazing cold wet eucalyptus towels that got distributed near the end of the class. It makes me wonder if I could find a way to do hot yoga at home, having the comfort of my own space for it would be amazing. You also don’t feel as self conscious as you think you would sweating out every last drop when everyone else around you is doing it though. I could really feel my muscles loosening up (and could do I full split by the end!). Also a cold shower has never felt better.

Have you ever tried hot yoga? Would you ever try it?

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  • Naomi August 19, 2015 at 06:46

    Never tried it before but I definitely want to one day! Great post (and happy birthday to your friend!)

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:02

      You totally should (and grab a friend who you will accept you for your sweatiness haha). Thanks Naomi!

  • Elyse August 19, 2015 at 09:50

    I’ve always wanted to try it! I’ve taken normal yoga classes, and I definitely enjoy it because it helps you relax (usually after a workout) but I’ve never had the chance to do hot yoga!
    I can only imagine how awful the room must smell though? Other than that it sounds pretty awesome, and happy birthday to your friend too! haha 🙂

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:03

      It actually smells amazing, like eucalyptus. I guess they know what they’re doing hahah. Thanks for stopping by Elyse <3

  • Gold Coast Girl August 19, 2015 at 10:13

    LOVE hot yoga! Great post!

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:03

      Thanks for reading Samantha!

  • clara mcmillan August 19, 2015 at 11:52

    A lot of my friends have thrown up from hot yoga, I’m now scared to try it! Haha!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:04

      Oh dear… it really important to just stop when you feel ill. I was scared to try it too!

  • Kat Horrocks August 19, 2015 at 13:54

    I would love to try hot yoga! I love regular yoga but need a lot of work on my flexibility. I think it would do me a lot of good to be all loosened up haha 🙂

    Kat |

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:04

      It really does feel so so good! I’d love to hear what you think when you try it 🙂

  • Quinn August 19, 2015 at 14:42

    I’m so nervous to try hot yoga! You are seriously a champ. Did you like it enough to continue with it?

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:05

      I LOVED it. I can’t wait to do it again (and a studio just opened by my univeristy! The universe gets me haha). I think it’s one of those things you just have to jump into. Let me know if you try it, Quinn!

  • Ela BellaWorld August 19, 2015 at 15:42

    I haven’t tried hot yoga however I love yoga:) I guess it would be fun to try, so might do it when I have a chance xx

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:06

      I would definitely recommend it! Thanks for reading Ela!

  • Alyssa Guttendorf August 19, 2015 at 16:52

    LOVE hot yoga! I always feel so great after a class. This post is a good reminder that I should get my butt in gear and go back soon!

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:06

      Hahah, I know the feeling. Thanks for stopping by, Alyssa!

  • Catherine August 19, 2015 at 18:05

    I’ve never had the desire to do hot yoga because I hate being too hot, but I love how you laid out the risks + solutions. I bet it feels sooooo good to take a shower after haha

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:07

      It does indeed feel AMAZING. Thanks for reading Catherine <3

  • Danielle August 19, 2015 at 22:07

    I have never done hot yoga since I don’t like hot places. I think I could do it once just to try it. Thanks for the complete information about the benefits and risks.

    • Pia S August 20, 2015 at 07:08

      I’d definitely recommend trying it at least once. It gets to the point where you’re not even hot, just sweaty haha. Glad you liked the post Danielle!

  • Winfred August 20, 2015 at 10:19

    I never knew hot yoga existed until now,

    sounds intriguing I will defo have to try it now xxx

    • Pia S August 21, 2015 at 10:05

      Glad you found something new, Winnie!

  • Keri H August 20, 2015 at 15:18

    Love doing yoga! it is so relaxing. I am thinking about joining a class!

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Pia S August 21, 2015 at 10:05

      I totally recommend it! xx

  • Sarah August 20, 2015 at 17:57

    I have never heard of hot yoga but it sounds interesting 🙂

    Sarah |

    • Pia S August 21, 2015 at 10:05

      It’s so much fun. You should totally try it, Sarah!

  • anisimeoku dago August 21, 2015 at 03:41

    This looks like SO much fun! Now I really want to try it x

    Annie x

    • Pia S August 21, 2015 at 10:06

      I definitely should! Just hydrate before!!

  • Fiona Sharpe August 21, 2015 at 14:17

    this looks like so much fun! i’ve been thinking about it for a while, but i’m definitely going to try a hot yoga class now
    <3 fiona

  • Nadiya Sloan August 23, 2015 at 15:43

    Woohoo, well done! I’ve tried it once and was super dizzy lol. Must have kept hydrated better! Thanks for a super review! You look beaut before & after! 🙂
    xox Nadia

  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter August 27, 2015 at 13:47

    I tried hot yoga a couple of times before and I had mixed feelings. I guess it all depends on a teacher. By the way, I am planning to do more yoga this fall & I am searching for a good yoga studio in NYC.

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