10 Things No One Will Tell You About Hot Yoga

by Heather

I finally caved.

I succumbed to the world of hot yoga.

Why, I have no idea, but I did. I’m not one for heat. Actually, I hate heat. A lot.

For the record, I totally blame peer-social-media-pressure for this one.

Good news? I survived. Did I love it? I’m not sure yet.

But I did learn a few things that nobody decided to tell me before hand:

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

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2. 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.

3. 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.

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

5. Hot yoga would probably make for good marathon training- the mental part.

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

7. So doing 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.

8. The shower after hot yoga might be one of the best of your life. (Second only to the shower after a 24 hour bike ride.)

9. A single slice of orange after class can be considered miracle fruit.

10. You won’t have to pee. Every ounce of liquid inside you seeps out of your skin.

I didn’t say it was pretty.

I think I’m going back…

Have you tried hot yoga? What’s your verdict?

{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky November 15, 2010 at 7:10 am
I went to hot yoga yesterday for the first time in months. Why had it been months? Well, because I was marathon training! When I needed hot yoga most, I did not have the stamina to stand another loooong workout. Besides, I thought there was no possible way I would stay hydrated. I do love it, though - in a love/hate sorta way! I'll be back, too!
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm
I don't know how anybody could do both at once- yikes!
Matt November 15, 2010 at 7:16 am
My sister loves hot yoga. She does it a lot in the winter when it is too cold to run outside.
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:38 pm
Oh my gosh I could never do it during the summer- I'd have to be able to step outside into cool air. :)
Katie @ Live for the Long Run November 15, 2010 at 8:14 am
I love hot yoga (even though the instructor at the studio I took hot yoga at was... not cool)! I am always surprised at the positions I am able to get my body into!
Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 15, 2010 at 8:15 am
I'm a little afraid of hot yoga. I had a heat stroke when I was little and ever since then I have a hard time getting really hot!
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm
Oh yikes that's scary. Yeah, I probably wouldn't want to try it either then :)
Melissa November 15, 2010 at 8:33 am
I love hot yoga, for many of those reasons above. Its like long distance running, most people ask you why you put yourself through that. You can't quite explain it either.
Estela @ Weekly Bite November 15, 2010 at 8:36 am
I've a hot yoga regular for 5 years now. I can't imagine my life without it. Its kind of a love hate thing ;)
Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 15, 2010 at 8:54 am
I've only done it once (it's not the cheapest form of exercise) and my goodness did I sweat. I generally don't sweat much as it is, so I was so surprised at how much I sweat. I think the hardest part is sitting there waiting for the class to start. Somehow the air seemed thicker right when I walked in.
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:46 pm
Oh my gosh it's crazy expensive! I have a coupon for a month and then I'm officially done haha.
Karyn November 15, 2010 at 9:00 am
haahah i LOVE the heat. maybe this will get me to enjoy yoga for once?! haha
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm
Well I definitely didn't get crazy bored like I do in normal yoga- but I think it's because I was busy trying not to pass out ;)
Alicia November 15, 2010 at 9:34 am
I have been wanting to try this for a long time, there is a studio in my town- I might just have to go and try it now, finally!
Anne Marie November 15, 2010 at 9:37 am
HA! I love this honesty. I've been dying to try hot yoga. Since our normal gym doesn't have it I've been waiting for a Groupon to come by so I can try it without committing to another membership. Thanks for the tips--honesty is brutal ;)
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:48 pm
That's how I'm doing it- thank you Groupon!
Meghann November 15, 2010 at 9:39 am
You forgot about the part where you don't feel hungry at all afterwards. So strange!
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm
Haha I must of missed that side effect- I chowed down afterwards ;)
Heather November 15, 2010 at 10:51 am
I want to try hot yoga but have no idea if I could do it - I don't have much experience with regular yoga. I have so many knots in my back that I think hot yoga will help me stretch and get rid of them...
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm
I found it easier than other yoga classes I've tried- except for the added challenge of the heat. Which was definitely a challenge ;)
LizLivingVegan November 15, 2010 at 10:53 am
Haha I've never tried hot yoga, but I've heard it's pretty intense (And based on your experience, it sounds like it is!) It sounds kind of interesting to try, and if I ever see a class pop up, I might try it. I don't know though, I might not be able to handle it!
Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 15, 2010 at 11:16 am
I love it! You acclimatize over time. We had major heat waves in Ottawa this summer, which normally I wouldn't be able to deal with (heat saps me of energy!). But I had no problem with it this year, and I'm pretty sure it's because of hot yoga.
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm
Ooh maybe it'll make me like NC summers more ;) SO hot.
Honey B Nutrition November 15, 2010 at 11:31 am
I SO agree with your mixed feelings on hot yoga! I thought I was in fantastic running shape and then I went to a hot yoga class and had to sit out the end of the class. 90 minutes is a long time but I think it's an awesome once-a-week addition. It is so good for you, adds variety to an otherwise running-filled workout and boy do you sweat a lot of toxins out of you. Not to mention the amazing sleep that follows when you are that relaxed...
Theresa @ActiveEggplant November 15, 2010 at 11:51 am
I'd LOVE to try hot yoga! I've actually only ever taken classes at my local gym, never a real yoga studio. If I ever find a studio around me I'll definitely be trying some hot yoga classes! (And will be sure to bring extra towels to sop up all the sweat!)
Theodora November 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm
It is a lot like marathon training--it's really hard to explain to others!
Alicia at Poise in Parma November 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm
This is great! All of your points are the exact reasons why I LOVE hot yoga! Especially numbers 7 and 10!!
Lisa November 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm
I'm pretty nervous to try it but I want to!
suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] November 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm
#2!!! #10!!! SO true. I went, and I want to go back. We have a lot of those buy 2 months for $x, so I just have to decide when my 2 months will start.
Lyssa November 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Haha I love this commentary! I did hot yoga 3x/week for over a year and I loved it, but you're right--it is SO time-consuming!!
Taylor November 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm
I'm an addict! Stick with it and you will be too!
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm
Uh oh- I'm not sure I can afford to get addicted ;)
Yum Yucky November 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Actually, I never cared one way or the other until reading your commentary. Now I wanna try it for sure. I wanna see my dead skin sloth off. Gross? Yes, but it will be cool to know it's off.
Ally November 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm
I just signed up for a yoga studio...I was hoping to start off with a beginers class then eventually end up going to hot yoga. I've been to one hot yoga class before and they are intense!!!
Junebug November 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm
i started right after Chicago. a friend of mine who is a hard core and i mean HARD CORE yogi at Bikram told me i needed to give it a try. for realz. OMG I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT...not the first day i didnt. but now? oh my! right now i am going 2 times a week. and yes still training for late Jan marathon, but i go to HY on tues and thurs so its ok. but you are right...its like an event. everything you said here is right...ESPECIALLY about the shower after... and i have say 5 weeks in for me now and i dont yell very much anymore, even my normal voice level is lower, i sleep sooooooo good and i am just...about 90% of the time, very awesome. i love the way i feel ON THE INSIDE. :)
Amber from Girl with the Red Hair November 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm
I went once. Hated it. Went twice. Hated it. Then I found the right studio and even though I didn't LOVE it, I kept going back. Now? About 2 years after I first tried and 6-7 months after I started going regularly I LOVE IT. Almost as much as running :-) Keep going, it will get better!!
gina@conciergeformom November 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm
I feel the same way, I walked out not knowing what I thought and have not been back. Not because I did not like it but just not sure about it. The room was so wicked hot, I wanted to run the other way when I walked in! If I have a chance to spin or do kettlebells I def will choose that. But it is a great detox and has so many wonderful benefits
BroccoliHut November 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm
Haha, I've never taken a hot yoga class, so I appreciate the info--sounds like a memorable experience...I might just have to try it!
Nichole November 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm
90 minutes?! WOW, you're right about mental strength, pretty cool.
Marie-Journey to Body Zen November 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm
Hot yoga scares me! I keep avoiding it, but I really need to try it to see if it's as scary as I think! lol
kate November 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm
They dont tell you that sweat drips into your ears during final relaxation, either! Yucky!
Heather November 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm
Ugh sweat was dripping in my ears the whole time!!! Eww haha.
Laura @ Backstage Pass November 16, 2010 at 1:12 am
I think that you like it! I literallly laughed out loud at this post - you hit the nail on the head for with all 10 things. All of them are absolutely true. Did your class do the 'cleansing breaths' at the beginning? When I did Bikram and people started exhaling so loudly it sounded like hissing, I was majorly weirded out.
Sand Sock Girl November 16, 2010 at 1:56 am
Haven't been to hot yoga since last Winter, feels good to stretch in a 100 degree room especially when it's cold out. Namaste!
Amy November 16, 2010 at 8:56 am
Did hot yoga when I lived in Dallas but when I moved to florida there wasn't anywhere local to me. When we started trying to get pregnant places started popping up, but I thought it would be a bad idea to raise my body temperature like that if I might be pregnant. Now, I'm looking forward to getting back to it when my kids start school next year!
Kath November 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm
haha SO TRUE!
Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 17, 2010 at 8:47 am
I'm with you... I don't like the heat. I've never tried hot yoga either for many of the reasons above, but I'm still intrigued and feel like I should try it before judging ;) But thanks for the heads up!
James Fulton November 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm
i think doing it in our own places bring these sweat problems, in yoga places they are having some kind of steam vaporizers to control the humidity.. James
JDaniel4's Mom October 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Just plain yoga leaves me sweating! I stumbled this post.
Alison Golden - The Secret Life of a Warrior Woman October 20, 2011 at 8:32 am
I'm with you on the time factor. Too long. But I like the idea of the skin rubbing off. I have a sauna and this happens with that too.
Natalie @MamaTrack October 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm
I did hot yoga (Bikram) before I got pregnant with my son. I loved it. But obviously pregnant women can't do it, and it takes so much time. So, alas, it's off my radar now. Enjoy it!
Heather October 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Haha I JUST wrote a post on my baby blog saying the only kind of yoga I liked was bikram and now I can't do it because I'm pregnant. I imagine finding that much time for a single yoga class won't happen for a long time now. ;)
Kristl Story October 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm
Not on my wish list!
Lynn November 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm
I'm so happy you talked about the "pee" issue! I wondered if I would have to leave to go to the bathroom. I've had 4 kids, bladder not what it used to be! Thanks for sharing your experience!
NY Yogi August 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm
I can't help but notice that the list you wrote out is a direct copy of a list from another website... Is this your writing or theirs? http://www.babble.com/body-mind/10-things-no-one-will-tell-you-about-hot-yoga-2/
Heather August 20, 2015 at 3:24 pm
I'm the author. ;)
NY Yogi August 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm
Yeah! I looked at the dates and yours was written 3 years before! They took your stuff!

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