Indee Hot Yoga

Nestled in the Old Town, Indee Yoga is a spacious, light-filled, peaceful oasis & the ideal place to begin, or deepen your yoga journey through the Bikram Method of Hot Yoga! 

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Five Proven Ways to Avoid the “Hot Yogi Hangover”

All hot yogis know the importance of hydration. You don’t sweat that much without feeling the need to have a drink. It’s reassuring to see that almost everyone that attends an Indee Hot Yoga class comes armed with plenty of water. BUT drinking water alone is not always ideal.

No-one is denying that hydration is critical to our overall health and wellbeing. Water makes up between 60 – 80% of our bodyweight, depending on our age, and drinking water helps with energy levels and brain function. It prevents overheating, headaches and migraines, and it can even help with weight loss.

But when you’re getting your sweat on during a hot yoga session hydration becomes not just important, but crucial to prevent dizziness, nausea, fatigue and muscle cramp – the infamous “yogi hangover”.

Water is great when you’re feeling thirsty - it’s free and has zero calories after all – and its only natural that you’d reach for a water bottle when you’ve been working hard on your mat sweating out all those toxins. But have you noticed that, as diligent as you are about keeping hydrated during the class, you still sometimes get a headache?

You cannot properly rehydrate with water alone. The main reason for this is electrolytes – or lack of them. When you’re exercising for up to 90 minutes in 40oC heat you’re not just sweating out toxins but also electrolytes. These are the minerals that carry electrical charges around our bodies that help you retain water and keep things like your muscles moving. So the electrolytes you lose during a hot yoga session need to be replaced – and quickly. A headache or muscle cramp is a sure sign that your body is deficient in electrolytes.

Fortunately there are plenty of things you can do to replace the lost electrolytes after a steamy hot yoga session.

-        Coconut water is very popular now and readily available in most health food shops and large supermarkets. Coconut water is packed with electrolytes and is an excellent way to replace those lost from your body during hot yoga. Plus it’s all natural, free from added sugar and doesn't contain artificial ingredients or food colourings

-        Eat something high in water: fruit and vegetables especially. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and starches as they are dehydrating

-        Make your own healthy electrolyte-rich drink by adding a pinch of natural salt and pure lemon juice to filtered water, or follow this amazing recipe for a homemade electrolyte drink

-        DO NOT use a sports drink since they are usually high in sugar, artificial colourings and all sorts of harmful additives

-        Our bodies can take up to 45 minutes to process water, so I also recommend that you have a large electrolyte drink about an hour before the class. This will mean you won’t be starting the class feeling bloated or thirsty. Plus it will make a huge difference to your energy and stamina, giving you a better experience in the hot studio.

Yoga is all about taking care of our bodies and our wellbeing. This includes making sure you choose the right way to hydrate for you and your body. I hope I’ve been able to give you some useful tips.

Namaste, Lucy

How to maximise the benefits of Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga 101: 

All you need to know to get the most from your hot yoga practice. 

 

You’ve never done any hot yoga? This is for you. We hope it persuades you to give it a go: it’s a wonderful thing, honestly. This is also for you if you want to maximise the benefits of your yoga practise. We’re nice like that : ) 

 

  1. No Surprises 

A hot – or Bikram – yoga class will pretty much always follow the same script. This is precisely so that once you’ve been to a couple of classes you’ll know what’s going to happen and will be able to turn your mind to the meditation of Bikram, rather than concentrating on what the teacher is saying. 

 

  1. Arrive Early 

We recommend you turn up at the studio around half an hour before the class starts so you can get yourself sorted, find your space in the studio and get used to the heat before the class starts.  

 

  1. Dress Right 

When you know you’re going to get sweaty (and you are going to get sweaty!), you need proper, breathable fabrics. A pair of cotton leggings aren’t going to cut it. You don’t need to spend a fortune – just spend right. A pair of shorts and a sports bra are ideal. We are not in the market for body shaming, so please wear what you like, whatever your body shape.  

 

  1. Embrace the Sweat 

Other than stopping the sweat dripping into your eyes, try not to wipe it off. Sweat is there to keep you cool – wiping it off will only make you hotter. 

 

  1. Hydrate Ahead 

Try to drink plenty of water in the hours before the class: chugging loads just before or during the class can make you feel sick. If you arrive well hydrated, you should only need to take a few sips. 

 

  1. It’s HOT! 

Yep, it’s hot. Very hot. But you can handle it. It’s pretty common for people new to hot yoga to feel overwhelmed their first couple of times; the heat can make people feel dizzy or even induce a kind of panic fight-or-flight emotion. But honestly, sit still, close your eyes, breathe slowly through your nose, and the feelings will pass. If you feel you need to leave the room, that's totally fine. Take a minute, then re-join us. Embrace the heat and let yourself sweat: it’s doing good things for your body and mind.   

  1. It Shouldn’t Hurt 

The poses of Bikram yoga are meant to be challenging. It’s fine to feel discomfort – it’s not fine to feel pain. Don’t force yourself or push a pose; that’s not what it’s about. Take it slowly. 

 

  1. Come Back! 

The first class is hard work. The second class is a revelation! Or so lots of students say. You’ve got to give Bikram a chance. INDEE’s founder Lucy didn’t enjoy Bikram at all to start with… 

 

If you have any questions about INDEE or hot yoga, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you soon!