Summer is in full swing, and we’ve had some hot days! On those hot days, many people may wonder if they should be practicing power yoga. The answer is, “Absolutely!”
We may think that it’s too hot and don’t want to risk over heating or getting sick. It’s so hot outside already, you don’t want to be hot either in the studio.
However, practicing power yoga in the summer is the same as practicing in the winter. Our two yoga studios in Conshohocken are heated between 85-90 degrees. This is to help the yogis loosen their muscles. The warmer the muscles are, the further we can stretch and get the toxins out of our bodies. In the summer, our studios may be naturally warm already and we don’t need to turn up the heat that much.
Power yoga in the summer is safe as long as we make sure that we are hydrated. We should be hydrated in the winter too, but in the summer we have to be extra mindful of staying hydrated. We all know water is good for us and that we should drink at least 8 glasses a day. During the summer, you may need to drink more. I always tell yogis to hydrate themselves every day, especially on the days they are going to practice power yoga. If we are not hydrated, we are at risk for dehydration, which can cause dizziness, headaches and nausea. Other risks include heat stroke and fainting. You want to make sure you are hydrated before coming to class.
Some people don’t like to drink water during class, but if you need to drink, do it. There is nothing wrong with it.
As for after class, you want to make sure you are rehydrated and remain hydrated. It doesn’t matter if you are in the best shape of your life or just starting power yoga, we all sweat during class. We sweat A LOT! It is important to continue to stay hydrated for the rest of the day after power yoga.
What should you drink? Water of course! If you get sick of drinking water, switch it up. You can get fluids with electrolytes in it. You can have coconut water or even seltzer. But whatever you choose, make sure it doesn’t have huge quantities of sugar.