Hot yoga seems to be taking the world by storm these days! It's an intense practice that appeals to those who like to turn up the heat inside and out. The only thing is, it can wreak havoc on your body if care isn't given to balancing the hot, sharp and drying qualities of the practice with a little (or a lot) of cooling, calming and hydrating.
Ayurveda doesn't really recommend hot yoga…for anyone! But if you're going to do it anyway (and I know you are), here's something that will bolster your resilience and speed your body's recovery!
The Ayurvedic Antidote To Hot Yoga
I call it the “Ayurvedic Antidote to Hot Yoga” mainly because it's deeply hydrating to the tissues and calming to the doshas. It's also quite cooling due to the “super cool” combo of Cardamom (the cooling spice) and Coconut sugar (the coolest sweetener around), AND it's got an extra special “secret ingredient” that will take your hydration to another level!
So… the list below is what you'll need.
- Filtered water
- Cardamom pods
- Coconut sugar
- Lime Juice
- Rock Salt
- Mint Leaves
- Chia Seeds
Check out the quick video for details on what to do – plus some additional Ayurvedic insights. It's super easy (and worth the effort!)!
Oh and remember… hot yoga is serious stuff. The heat and intensity can be quite a departure from any other type of exercise. So if you plan to try it or are a regular practitioner, please, please, please take care of yourself and be sure to:
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (not just water either, be sure to replace those electrolytes!)
- Keep calm in and after class (and before too!)
- Practice cooling pranayams after class (Sheetali breath is a nice one)
- Take a cool shower or bath after your session
- Oh and remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (okay I think you get it!).