Yoga Health Benefits
Watch this video for normal temperature yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAFQLda6AEE&t=3s
Thank you for sharing! Your experience was mine exactly the first time, second, then third….then I gave up. I have been practicing yoga for 20+ years, and teaching, mostly for mental benefits, and physical benefits second. I found myself not being able to relax and breath properly when practicing in a 100+ degree space. I know people who love it but just not my thing 🙂
This is great info. You should start a podcast, as the other girl stated. Ive never tried hot yoga because it looks torturous!!! My suspicions have been confirmed by you! Love ya Girl!
Not allowing people to modify and shaming people is so antithetical to what i love about yoga and why I practice. Gross.
It sounds like the only type of hot yoga you have tried is Bikram. I didn't enjoy Bikram either, but found a nice compromise with hot power flow or vinyasa. Regardless no yoga teacher should ever be forcing someone to stay in a hotel room when they feel like they are going to pass out.
None of this sounds ok! Horrifying…. and I hate just sweating like that. Your yoga gets me hot enough! Thanks for the insight and opinion.
I did Bikrams for about 6 months. I hated being so hot and my muscles felt over extended all the time. When I made sure to be hydrated, the dizziness was minimal but it was still never comfortable or even remotely connected to the spiritual practice that I associate yoga with! Blech!
Damn the teachers youu had sound like jerks. Very against the principles of yoga, pretty ironic really. Agree with you on the hot yoga. Personally I just don't see the point. I sweat way too much and therefore more focused on getting the burning sweat out of my eyes than the poses. Each to their own.
I agree with u
Thank for sharing Leslie! I have tried hot yoga for my first time this year in California:I was skeptical but I later found it has its own benefits like the sweating, the mirror etc..still, I do agree with you that it is so much better for me to practice listening to my body in a room temperature environment because I get more improvement. I do believe that each one of us is different and that's why there are SO many types of yoga and fitness programs and sport disciplines! 🙂Take care and keep up the good work!
Totally get the smelly feet carpet thing – PEEEUUW!! And as a retired professional dancer and dance teacher who's done a ton of lovely yoga in LA, the one hot yoga class I ever did came as a bad shock – when the very bossy teacher told me to LOCK my knee when standing on one leg, I was out of there. SUPER dangerous and irresponsible teaching. I'll never go back!
I've been practicing with you for two years now between your channel and Yoga with Adriene and Yoga with Tim. I wanted to let you know, my life has become vastly different since practicing. Yoga has strengthened my relationships with myself and others. It's helped me accept and let myself flow. I've come to be sensitive to my body mind and soul, knowing what I need for myself. So thank you. I appreciate the work you put into this channel.
My first time, I felt great. 2nd time, was the dizzy, nauseated, smelly…just like your experience. I went about 5 more times. It was OK but very boring. I felt like it focused more on the actual poses than getting anything out of it. I’ll say, though, that the instructor did encourage hydrating and pausing if you felt light-headed. I haven’t been back. I do, however, like “heated” yoga practices.
Simply put Hot Yoga works, the reason I do Yoga is to feel good , and nothing else I have ever done has given me that feeling of contentment to the degree hot yoga has and how accessible it is on a daily basis , Hot yoga is a very important tool in our society which is well needed, I average about 250 classes per year I never had a injury or seen anybody else , injuries still occur in a non heated rooms so I dont know why you want to push a negative vibe onto something that promotes clean living, and helps people feel good, I dont care who invented it or the history , it works
Thanks for your authenticity! I teach yoga in Texas and get ask this question all the time. I respond similar and suggest yoga outside in the summer. Namaste…. Love your channel!
I agree with you!
Ashtanga yoga was my introduction to yoga. And I love it! 😊🙏
So ironic. Yoga is meant to make you feel good, and hundreds of people have the same types of experiences with hot yoga. My gf threw up after the class for two days straight, I got a crazy headache, dizzy, felt like poop etc with bikram. I've tried hot yoga (not bikram) with my sister who loves it, and I have to drink TONS of water before hand, and really listen to my body, and stop with the slightest bit of discomfrot. But I have also felt really good coming out of a hot yoga session (granted the teacher was soooo nice, and so soft, and kind and told us to rest whenever etc etc..) So I have had both positive and negative experiences. I get both sides but honestly….I'd rather do yoga outside during the summer 🙂 and with your videos, its free! Win win for all 😀
I don't like doing ANY sort of exercise in the heat! I like it if I can have the room a little cool. I suppose everyone's heat tolerance is different, but I would be very uncomfortable.
Thank you for your insight as an amazing Yogini on how it may not be good to do Bikram so often.. 🙂 I loved it and wouldn’t mind it once in a while- but that ish drained my Chi- esp in the summer. 🙏🏾I love your channel! Thank you for your peace presence every morning in the comfort of my home 😇💕
Not sure why not liking hot yoga will be controversial. I love it but also like to try other types which is how I found you. I’m blessed to go to a studio that is more about your inner being. If you need to take a break, take a break. Some instructors will tell you how to correct your poses but they don’t yell at you. This made me appreciate them more. I haven’t tried another studio so I’ll stick with them.
I agree 100% Lesley, thank you <3
Now how is this controversial? If you don't enjoy being baked alive in your own sweat, there shain't be anything wrong with that. Especially if its that hot and stinky.Toxins in the body? I bet a person who doesn't eat all that will still get dizzy. It's HOT and STINKY. That will make someone faint from the stuffiness.
I live in North Idaho and our winters can be tough — where you feel cold to your bones at some times. I’ve considered going to hot yoga just to hang out in child’s pose and get warm in those cold dark months 😅, otherwise not a lot of interest from me. I also really enjoy inversions and don’t feel like I’d do them as well if I was super sweaty. But everyone is different, and I love that yoga is for all bodies and all tastes ☺️
I love your practices, especially the yin/restorative. Love your quotes, your voice, the instruction. I so agree with you about hot power yoga. At my gym it is the most popular style of yoga—but is it really yoga…or just gymnastics on a yoga mat? The pace is so fast that no one is linking breath to movement (if they are, they are hyperventilating!). People think they are getting rid of toxins (hello, your liver does that every second of the day) and burning calories. But in today's world, we need to calm down our nervous system, not ramp them up. I used to be intimidated by yoga instructors and followed all their protocol, including the not drinking water part—even during a hot yoga class—but until I have a yoga instructor who is also a MD and who knows me and my body, sipping water is something I will continue doing. The rationale for hot yoga is that yoga started in India and India is hot, but c'mon. Most of us are not Indian. And we aren't even doing yoga in the most traditional way. I don't think Indians years ago were practicing yoga wearing expensive leggings! Time to keep it real and remember that yoga is enough without all the gimmicks. We don't need to drink beer and or have goats climbing over us when doing yoga. I knew an instructor who said "We don't live to do yoga better. We do yoga to live better." I don't think a room filled with 40 people that's 108 degrees before all the bodies squeeze in where you are going as fast as you can while the instructor barks instructions while blasting hip hop music with lyrics that are anything but yogic enbales me to live better. But your videos do! Many thanks.
I’m interested to know from you Leslie and anyone else who would love to comment… but what is the fine line temperature where the yoga class becomes a “hot” or non hot yoga class. I teach one hot yoga class a week and that studio keeps it at 90 and it can change depending on the weather outside. But whenever I teach a non-heated class, I like keeping the room at 76-77 during the warm seasons and 78-80 during the colder seasons. I don’t feel like 80 is “hot” but I feel the room is at an appropriate amount of warmth especially during the winter season. I don’t like “cold” rooms (but that’s a preference influenced by my Vata dosha).
Also another question for Leslie and anyone else who wants to chime in but what’re your thoughts about this newer trend that’s starting in NYC about “Cold Yoga”? And I’m not joking, there’s a couple of studios in NYC that specialize is combing yoga with Cryotherapy! 🥶
Actually I can't avoid doing "hot yoga" specially in summer. That's because I live in Rio de Janeiro 😛Never tried this type of classes, I don't even know if there are classes offered in my city because, well, we already feel enough "hot" in the daily basis! Good explanation Lesley, loved these videos. Thank you!
Its funny to me that simply sharing your opinion about not liking something upsets anyone. Maybe you should do a meditation video focused on allowing others to be who they are without feeling the need to bitch at them about it. 🙂 thanks for posting this Leslie. I 100% feel the same as you. Which is why I prefer doing your videos daily on my own or with my friends.
Interesting anecdote about how Bikram hot yoga was started in response to the room being so cold… When I tried hot yoga it was summer time in Miami beach and when the teacher put the heaters on I thought, this doesn't make any sense it's already So hot. I felt like I was going to pass out a couple times but at the end I did feel like every single pore in my body opened up. I never tried it again however because the hardcoreness of it wasn't too inviting. Thank you for your perspective.
I SO agree Lesley!I cannot even do Saunas! 😅😂🤣
I agree with all of this. Hot yoga is dangerous for all the reasons you mentioned, and the idea of "toxins" in the body is essentially made up to market diets and products — if you have toxins in your body, your liver/kidneys/etc should be taking care of it, and if they're not, you need medical treatment, not hot yoga. I also have a distaste for hot yoga because yoga, at its core, is a spiritual practice that in India is practically religious for some people. It seems offensive to me to turn it into this sort of negative, unhealthy environment that is so far from where it originated. That's why your channel is my favorite, Lesley — I feel constantly reminded that this practice is about breath and connecting to the body, not physical achievement, and not only do I love that, but it feels like the most respectful way to practice in the West.
about to watch the video but I know I hate hot yoga hehe!
My yoga teacher training was hot yoga and after practicing in the heated studio we had to sit and do our lesson in the hot studio. I threw up the first evening and had headaches. I am grateful for the training and loved my teacher but it's not for me!!
lol lol great story ……………….omg so funny
Hey girl! First I want to say I love your classes. Second I totally understand how that situation wasn't good to be in! It doesn't sound very inviting! I am a yoga teacher and I teach hot yoga. The room is not ever THAT hot and I'm a nice person to my students. We practice dynamic and static stretches throughout and I make sure my students dont push too far. Well as much as a teacher can do. With that note, it is a challenge cause it's at a gym where people want well…workout yoga to say. Not my favorite classes to teach but I think with the right teacher it can be good! If you are ever in Casper Wyoming, Lifetime does a good job at keeping it safe. We are not mean 😅
You should all listen to the ESPN podcast on Bikram yoga, it's really interesting
My personal belief is that the breath is naturally meant to help warm up the body to it's perfect natural temperature. through this practice we sweat, we move and can feel each movement along with knowing our limit physically. it all comes back to ahimsa, i do not believe the practice of ahimsa is present in hot yoga, which would defeat the word yoga beside hot. with that said, i hold no judgement against anyone who enjoys the practice and have been told by many that they love it and it has helped them tremendously. In the end, whatever gets people moving and brings calmness i can be happy about that. I am so happy you decided to post this video to bring us more perspectives.
I can't breathe with hot yoga! Thank you for your wonderful videos. xoxo
You are very sweet and have a very soothing tone of voice. My gi dr recommended yoga for my IBS to reduce stress in my life. He has been doing it for 30 yrs and says if he misses a day he can tell. SOOO….I am going to take his advice. Looking forward to starting with your videos.
About your point regarding proprioception: you use the mirror during the Bikram standing series, but during most poses of the floor series, you will not be looking in the mirror. So, Bikram is definitely good for developing proprioception.
I completely relate to your experience feeling lightheaded in class. However, the first breathing exercise and the entire standing series are simply meant to be a warm-up for the floor series, "where the real yoga begins", and as such, it is perfectly acceptable to take it easy/kneel when necessary.
I'm sorry you went to such a smelly studio! Luckily, in 2019, I think many studios have improved their methods of neutralizing odors. I wish you would revisit a Bikram class. Nowadays, almost all studios DO let you leave the room if you are uncomfortable. Namaste 🙏
I feel the same way!!! 🙏🏻
I love bikram yoga but I totally understand people may not like it; it is kind of extreme. I do not know about Orange county, but in my place teachers specifically say before the class begins that if someone does not feel able do any asana it is perfectly OK to rest it out. Call out someone, or engage in any kind of competition besides oneself, is anti-yoga by definition.
BTW Lesley, you have the sweetest voice on Earth…
100% agree with you, Lesley! Especially on how the teachers were always singling someone out in front of the whole class. That’s just so mean, right? I started my yoga journey with hot yoga. I’m so glad I didn’t quit yoga because of that. I’m so glad I found you and your channel. I’m so glad I am so hooked on yoga these days. (There, 3 things I am grateful for :)) You are a rock star! Your yoga fix90 was my life saver! I can never thank you enough! ❤️🥰
I live in Thailand and have no AC in my room, sometimes I feel like I am practising hot yoga 🤣
Hi Lesley, can you please share with us books that have inspired you in your yoga practice?
Thank you Leslie for this .I'm not sure I wanna try hot yoga.
I could just imagine how hot in can get…but I live in the tropics with no AC in my small living room where I practice. I'm contented with Power vinyasa, hot enough for me. With ujayyi pranayama, yes, I can generate enough heat from within. And from your description of a 'sweaty feet smell' of the room, i'm sure I can't tolerate it, I would pass out. I'm thankful enough, I found teachers like you. Happy with my home practice… Namaste
I tried a community warm (not even hot) class once years ago. The heat gets in the way of mind-body connection. You can't do that when you're worried about sliding and not being able to hold your poses. Never again.
Can you link the practice you mentioned to warm up. Ty!
SO WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?WHY SHOULD ANYONE CARE ABOUT YOU IDEAS?
PLEASE JUST SHUT THE —- UP!
#SharingIsCaring Thank’s for the video. I’d never been in a Brikam class and never will. For me it doesn’t make sense. It’s counterintuitive. And when I heard that they have tournaments and stuff like that, I found it way far from yoga philosophy. At the end, as you say: not for me.
I know so many folks who love it…I still haven’t tried it! I’m afraid I’ll pass out! I’m a yoga teacher and people ask me about it all the time. Your comments really help me put into words how I feel about it so I can better share with my students!
Forget about hot yoga. That sunflower vase is yuuuge!
I feel exactly the same about hot yoga, i started with hot yoga years ago and i felt so weak hours after, it was actually really bad for my skin because i got eczema. I am glad i didn’t give up on yoga and then tried other non hot yoga classes and fell in love with yoga 🧘♀️
I had the same exact experience that you did when I tried hot yoga! I was wearing regular yoga clothes, not knowing you’re supposed to wear a loincloth, so I was way overdressed. The teacher was super mean, which in my mind was antithetical to everything I had ever known about yoga. The room was carpeted and smelly and moist and gnarly. Everything went black a bunch of times and I had to lay down almost the entire class! After a while I literally crawled out the door, soaked, and ran out the door.
I'm so sorry you had such bad experiences with it!! I did Bikram for years and to this day I still love it. I would go back if it didn't cost so much and wasn't such a time suck lol. Because it takes a LOT of prep, such as hydration, not being hungry but not being full and dressing properly… And so on lol. But it was so therapeutic for me. After a time it put me into a medatative state.. It'd just be me, my mat, and the teacher's voice. It also actually helped me heal my sprained ankle lol. I've been thinking about going back primarily because I've been so out of alignment and my muscles need the love after so much weight lifting. All this talking about it makes me miss it so much!! It just makes me so sad when I hear of bad experiences with it. The studio I went to (go to?) Is super helpful and all about taking care of yourself by taking rests and what not. I cringe when I hear of the militant style that happens in other studios. Bikram actually led to me Ashtanga because they both follow a particular set of poses. However, Bikram's poses are definitely simpler haha. And it's not nearly as hard to find a studio 😭😭 My dream would be to open a studio for both. But I hear the two practices aren't fond of each other. That's not very yogic 😉🤣
Ditto! Despite glowing evangelist mates I really didn't like getting yelled at in an overheated sweaty room either. My inner drill-instructor is loud enough…
The only thing I can say is. I wish someone would tell me I have to stay somewhere I don't wanna be. I't will not be pretty!
I am glad I am not the only one! I tried hot yoga and had the same experience as you! I also taught at a hot yoga studio and the smell of feet… and the wet sweaty carpet … yuck
I can only do hot yoga once a month. My body replenishes itself thanks to my Menstrual cycle anyway and even if you don’t have that, your body cleanses itself just by going to the bathroom. This whole thing of toxins is BULL you cleanse yourself daily by going to the bathroom and just drink extra water if you are worried about “toxins”
Hmm to me it sounds like your blood pressure was dropping in the heat which happens a lot actually. I have generally low blood pressure but it is perfect for me and never have issues but hot yoga can make me feel dizzy.
Yeah, I'm definitely not trying hot yoga. It seems very uncomfortable, unhealthy and unnecessary. Fightmaster yoga is hot enough, thank you.
That practice is dangerous, you were having heatstroke and he forced you to stay, as a lifeguard if I forced someone to stay in the hot sun when they had heatstroke I'd probably end up in jail… as should that yoga teacher, what he was doing was incredibly dangerous.
Also "toxins" aren't what made you dizzy, it was 100% the heat, your brain forces you to faint to get your heart and brain in line to increase bloodflow and prevent you dying, you were feeling dizzy because your brain was saying "she's working too hard and we are overheating, i need to get her on the floor so she stops working and we don't die"
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