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10 Things No One Will Tell You About Hot Yoga

Hot yoga isn’t just a nickname for Bikram-style yoga. It’s a literal description of the class. Bikram yoga occurs in a room that’s heated to a whopping 105 degrees controlled with 40 percent humidity. It’s a 90-minute class that circles through a series of 26 yoga poses. If you’re thinking anyone who would voluntarily sign up for that is crazy, you might be right. But despite the suffocating heat, it’s oddly invigorating. The purpose of the heat in Bikram yoga is to help warm up the muscles, allow for a deeper stretch, and help detoxify the body through the release of toxins in your sweat.


  • Hot Yoga Secrets 1 of 11
    hot yoga secrets

    The good, the bad, and the ugly of hot yoga.


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  • Marathon training 2 of 11

    Hot yoga would probably make for good marathon training. The mental part of marathon training.


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  • Time consuming 3 of 11

    It takes a big chunk out of your day. Drive to studio. Sweat for 90 minutes. Go home. Shower. It's at least two hours.


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  • Fruit relief 4 of 11

    You might consider a single slice of orange after class a miracle fruit.


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  • Mind over matter 5 of 11

    It has almost nothing to do with your physical ability. The phrase "mind over matter" is no joke in hot yoga.


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  • Free exfoliation 6 of 11

    It's like getting a free exfoliation treatment. Any dry or dead skin you have will rub right off. Yes, that's gross. That's why no one tells you.


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  • Sweat buckets 7 of 11

    You will sweat buckets. This seems obvious, but really. You will almost literally sweat your butt off. I sweat so much the pink dye ran right out of my shorts and stained my towel.


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  • Fitting it in 8 of 11

    Despite the previous tip, hot yoga and training for a marathon probably shouldn't happen at the same time. 2 hours for yoga and a 3 hour training run? Good luck with your social life.


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  • Refreshing shower 9 of 11

    The shower after hot yoga might be one of the best of your life.


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  • Take a seat 10 of 11

    Just when you think you can't handle another second and you're going to pass out from heat exhaustion, you get to sit down.


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  • Hydration necessary 11 of 11

    You won't have to pee. Every ounce of liquid inside you seeps out of your skin. I didn't say it was pretty.


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