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Avoid Getting Scorched by 'Hot Yoga'
Date:1/22/2012

  • Bring a mat, a towel and, if possible, a friend.
  • Wear shorts and a tank top.
  • Drink plenty of fluids well before class (no coffee or soda).
  • Do not consume more than 200 calories two to three hours before class.
  • Research the yoga studio and make sure the hot yoga teacher has the proper certification and experience.
  • Arrive early to meet the instructor, get settled and adjust to the temperature.
  • Start slowly. Do not try poses that are too advanced and do not hold poses beyond what is comfortable or to the point of pain.
  • Take breaks when needed.
  • Don't get discouraged if you can't reach a pose.
  • If necessary, ask questions about how to perform certain poses.
  • Stop at the first sign of dizziness, chest pain or feeling faint or overheated. Seek medical assistance if necessary.
  • More information

    The U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has more about yoga.

    -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

    SOURCE: Hospital for Special Surgery, news release, Jan. 16, 2012


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