Hot Yoga Don’t: Chug water
To compensate for all the sweating you’re about to do, it might seem like a good idea to load up on as much water as possible before class. But you’ll regret guzzling a huge amount of water when it’s sloshing around in your tummy mid-pose.
Instead, Bolen recommends hydrating as much as possible during the day (ideally drinking three to four litres of water). “Be sure to consume this gradually throughout the day, as chugging water directly before class will have an adverse effect,” she says.
If you’re attending a hot yoga class first thing in the morning, make sure you’re hydrating the day before.
Once you’re in class, if you need some hydration, take small sips from your water bottle. “If you are overheated during class, chugging water will not help and will likely make you feel worse,” says Bolen.