Musing from the owner of Grow and Make: Will Johnston
I’m a big fan of ‘hot yoga’. This is Vinyasa yoga in a heated room, but not Bikram (which is a whole other level of commitment and suffering). It’s a great way to achieve deep stretching and build strength in your arms, shoulders, abdomen and hips. It’s also a great mental discipline for learning to let go and breathe. One problem is that the amount of sweat can make your yoga mat stinky (a vinegar smell). I’ve found the best way to clean my yoga mat is to use a spritzer bottle with water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Spritz the mat and then wipe with a damp cloth, so that you clean off the entire mat. If possible dry in sunlight. It works well for removing that yoga mat smell.
If you’re thinking that hot yoga could be for you, I would recommend that you spend some time trying to find a good instructor and a facility which fits your needs and style. Personally I like to have a shower available for after class. Going in, know that it’s not easy and is a discipline which requires commitment and sacrifice, but is well worth it.