As autumn approaches and the weather cools, it's a great time to try hot yoga. Hot yoga offers a rewarding workout, even for the seasoned gym rat. If you consider yourself the least flexible person on the planet, don't fret: all yoga postures are easily modified. In time, you too could resemble the bendy people around you in class!
What to know if you go:
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after hot yoga. It's recommended that everyone drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water per day. On days you practice hot yoga, you should aim to double that amount.
- Bring your own mat. Sure, you can almost always rent a yoga mat from the studio, but it's cheaper and more hygienic to bring your own. Target offers mats for as low as $12.99.
- Remember towels. No need to splurge on a fancy microfiber yoga towel; any old bath towel you have lying around at home will work. Bring one to class with you and save the other for your shower afterwards.
- Have a sense of humor! Everyone recalls bumbling through their first hot yoga class. Just relax and try to emulate what your classmates are doing. In no time, you'll know the difference between down dog and happy baby poses.
CorePower Yoga offers one free week of unlimited yoga to beginners, good at all 11 metro-wide locations.
Or, if you're in the Uptown/St. Louis Park area, be sure to check out Modo Yoga, which offers a $40 introductory month, as well as weekly "Karma" classes. Your $5 class fee goes directly towards Modo's chosen charity of the month.