I don’t know about you but I just can’t get enough of the weather in London at the moment. I never, ever, ever, ever thought I would say that about London!
The temperature just keeps on rising and seems to be staying that way for the near future (finger’s crossed). Practicing Yoga in the heat is great for you. Here are the benefits and some sizzling tips for doing your practice when it’s hot, hot hot!
1. Skin detox. Sweating is a great little detox for your skin - it helps flush out the toxins. Just think about how fabulous your skin will look…after you’ve had a shower of course.
2. Instant flexibility. The heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures, warming up the muscles more quickly…anything that helps makes me more flexibility sounds good to me!
3. Good workout. Yoga in the heat is said to elevate the heart rate, which makes the body work harder and help you get that bikini body faster.
4. Relax, breathe and focus. Heat also helps the body relax, improves breathing (which helps conditions like asthma) and focuses the mind, which develops better mental concentration.
My sizzling tips for practicing Yoga in the heat:
1. Hydrate. It’s important to be well-hydrated before taking a hot Yoga class or doing Yoga in hot weather - I recommend drinking litres of water throughout the day before and then drinking more afterwards.
2. Empty stomach. It’s best not to eat at least two hours before the class. Yoga is much better on an empty stomach, especially if you are doing any twists - trust me on this one.
3. Dress for it. By this I don’t mean that you have to wear your bikini, speedos or your sequinned leggings. It’s always good to wear something comfortable and when it’s hot, I’d recommend sleeveless tops which are breathable and preferably quick-dry fabrics.
4. Towel. I love to practice yoga with a towel on my mat all year round but especially when it’s hot. You can get yoga towels with a grip on one side that will lay nicely over your mat to keep you from slipping and sliding.
5. It’s just Yoga! Remember that yoga is not competitive (something I’m always having to remind myself of!). Everyone should take a class at their own pace, so whenever youneed to, drop into child’s pose and take a break.
Now get out there and enjoy this divine weather! Namaste.