Dehydration or Electrolyte Depletion?: Staying Healthy in Hot Yoga

From the Ocean to the Mat

Dehydration or Electrolyte Depletion?: Staying Healthy in Hot Yoga


It’s common sense that performance in a hot yoga class is closely linked to hydration.  Try embracing the present when the present includes a splitting headache, a screaming calf, or debilitating fatigue.

Almost anyone who has practiced hot yoga has experienced some adverse symptom at one point or another related to dehydration- fatigue, extreme thirst, or muscle cramping.  And anyone who has experienced these symptoms has probably heard a host of solutions and remedies from people: you need to drink more water, you need to buy x product, you need to eat more of x food … and the list goes on.  But before you know which remedy to employ, you need to trace the problem back to its origins.

What really happens to your body during hot yoga? What is the difference between being dehydrated or experiencing electrolyte depletion? Are there different physical cues for each…

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Turn Your Walk into a Workout

From the Ocean to the Mat

The most commonly cited obstacle to regular exercise is lack of time. Factoring in preparation, travel, and shower time, even a 45-minute or 1 hour class can easily take a couple hours out of your day. Not to mention the financial and logistical issues of paying for the class, covering travel expenses, and figuring out childcare.

But most people would agree they have time for a 20-30 minute walk – whether around your neighborhood or a nearby park.

And if you’re already going for a walk, why not take the opportunity to get a full-body workout in?

Below I’ve outlined a four-circuit program that can be completed anywhere, with no equipment needed. Each exercise group has a corresponding video (linked to Youtube). The videos have been sped up for faster viewing, but the more slowly you can do each exercise, the better!

Each individual exercise should be repeated about 8-10 times…

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