Masha is one our favourite yogi’s and a hot yoga teacher (insert total girl-crush). As we all head in doors this winter we asked her what first timers and the experienced can do to get more out of a hot yoga practice:
1) Tips for beginners;
- Come early to warm up your core temperature and to help you get used to the heat
- Bring a towel and a full water bottle, you're going to sweat!
- Stay for a longer Savasana after the practice (that’s when you’re lying on your back with your arms and legs spread, you’re eyes are closed and your breath is deep)
- Give it a good go! Try it more than once because your body adjusts to the temperature after a few classes
- Drink plenty of water after the class and dilute your water with coconut water
2) If you’re more experienced, try the following to get more out of your hot yoga practice;
- Come in early and do some shoulder stretches, inversions or a long meditation
- Use core (mulha Bundda) for the practice
- Warm up with a pranayama to get your prana flowing smoothly
- Stay focused on your dristi (your focus point)
- Drink coconut water to replace the fluid lost through sweating
Masha teaches hot classes at Hot Box in Prahran, Melbourne – go check her out!