Once upon a time in 2004 Jessica Robertson, Natalia Brajak and Ted Grand had a grand idea in Canada – they designed the Moksha style of hot yoga (now known as Modo Yogain the United States). Like Bikram the same basic sequence layout can be expected from class to class, however unlike Bikram, the specific poses used from instructor to instructor may vary. Ooooh I like I like! Classes are also 90 minutes long however the temperature is set at a level that you are already used to – your body’s temperature – 98.6 degrees. And here is the best part, all Moksha yoga studios focus on using green and eco-conscious building materials. Love that!
5. Before You Heat Things Up Know This Sis
So I know you may be ready to heat things up in your yoga practice sis, but I just wanted to to give you the 411 on some potential hazards before you get all hot and sweaty. First things first, be sure to monitor your weight before and after classes. I know dropping 2 lbs in 90 minutes sounds amazing, but the only thing that extreme drop means is that you are dehydrated and need to replenish those fluids. A good rule of thumb is to replace each pound of water lost with 20-24 ounces of water. Next, just like you can have a heat stroke playing in the sun too long you can experience both heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke in hot yoga. So again, stay hydrated and always listen to your body. And lastly, be patient and stick with it as the mental boost is worth the effort. I mean the ability to physically power through your practice all while under extreme conditions is truly “mind over matter” at it’s finest. Happy sweating!
Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagramfor more fun health and fitness tips!