The beauty and grace of yoga is something that I've always admired from far. However, a few months ago, I finally decided to do something for myself and focus on my health and well-being. I somehow settled on hot yoga at a local studio and found the joys of sweating buckets on an almost daily basis and revealing in the stronger me that's developed from the outside in. My core has never been stronger, my endurance better and best of all, my inner stresses just melt off on the mat. It's more than about pushing your body to the limits, it's also about finding inner peace.
The commitment to it has led me in the search for yoga wear that not only flexes with me but also has the ability to keep me as cool as possible and dry quickly. As the fashionista that I am, clearly style is important as well. When Balini Sports approached me, it couldn't have been a better time.
Through these strangely gruelling yet strangely satisfying sessions, I've discovered there are some essential items I need to have with me when going to a yoga session other than an obvious yoga mat and self.
5 Essential Things to Have During a Hot Yoga Session1) Water -Staying hydrated is a must. In some of the hot yoga sessions, the temperature is set to 100F and with focused breathing and purposeful movements, it's surprising how much you actually sweat. It's very important to stay hydrated during these sessions.
3) Hair Ties/Head Band -Hair ties and a good head band are definitely valuable accessories to have in a hot yoga class. When that sweat comes dripping down your hair and face and you're trying to maintain inner zen, it makes things that much harder to control. Yes, try to keep breathing and holding a posture as sweat pours down your face and into your eyes. The simple solution? Tie up your hair and throw on a head band. Ideally, the perfect headband holds fast, absorbs well and doesn't shift.
4) Towel -Simple basics is your towel. I typically bring a normal size bath towel with me for my breaks to wipe the sweat off my face and body. Some prefer to shower right after their session so the towel comes in handy as well.
5) Yoga Mat Towel -This is such an useful item that I discovered over the last few months. It's essentially a towel that's the size of a yoga mat. The ones I like have grip on the bottom as to prevent shifting over your yoga mat. They work wonders at protecting and maintaining the life of your yoga mat. When you drip sweat, it lands on this towel and then you just throw it in the wash every once in awhile!
What are your must haves when you do hot yoga?
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