Taking the heat

Photo:  woman seat on yoga mat, stretching forward towards foot.I went to a couple of yoga classes at Thrive Yoga over the long weekend, not as many as I would have liked, but I had to cope with the heat and humidity and competing claims on my time. I think I overdid it in class because I was wiped out by the end of the afternoon. I don’t think I had anything like heat stroke, just a lot of fatigue. I did an inventory of contributing factors, and I think I slipped up by not being adequately hydrated before and after classes, and then pumping in fluids for the rest of the afternoon and evening. I was sweating profusely on the mat, and have not been in the habit of taking a lot of hot vinyasa classes.  Even during the classes, I frequently had some bouts of vertigo, especially when I was changing the level of my head.

It’s in this type of conditions that I really have to practice self-awareness while practicing.  I can easily fool myself by going through the familiar motions of routine, thinking that I can handle the stress without a problem. The physical demands of muscle strength, range of movement, flexibility, experience are within reach.  Then, heat symptoms will sneak up on me, and I’ll have to catch myself, go into child’s pose or catch my breath.