How much does everyone sweat?

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  • Chris09
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    #1351 |

    I thought it would be fun to bring a scale to class and catch the before and after weight and subtract the 2 pounds of water I drink during class. The one time I did this I lost 8 pounds of water and I felt like I was sweating an average amount for me(I sweat alot).

    Thats a whole GALLON of water in my towel after class! WOW!

    What are your experiences?

    -Chris

    bonnie
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    #4359 |

    I have weighed myself before and after class and there can be a difference of five or six pounds. This is in spite of about a 1.5L water intake during that time. For a female I sweat a lot compared to those around me, to the extent that it makes me self-conscious. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of people near me and they are barely dewy, their towels still fluffy, while I look like a drowned rat with my towel a swampy and squishy mess. But ultimately I think it’s a good thing, as long as I am sure to stay hydrated throughout the day and keep my electrolytes up.

    I have a daily practice and probably drink four or five litres of water throughout the day.

    ufatbasted
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    #4361 |

    I sweat more than any man I’ve met. Even though my screen name is ufatbasted I’m actually fairly thin. Not sure if that matters.
    In the classes I’m dripping before the first breathing set. I’ve stopped wiping my sweat and am noticing that I have so much sweat running down my body it runs down my arms and onto my hands. When I move my hands over my head sweat flies off them.
    My shorts are soaked and dripping and the towel on my mat is soaked.
    I’ve never weighed myself before and after class

    I’ve become very careful with my hand movements to avoid spraying those around me with sweat!!

    lee
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    #4362 |

    When I move my hands over my head sweat flies off them.
    My shorts are soaked and dripping and the towel on my mat is soaked.

    I’ve become very careful with my hand movements to avoid spraying those around me with sweat!!

    I’ve had the same experience. My observation is that it depends almost entirely on humidity. I’ve had dry classes at 106 deg and barely left an outline of my body on the towel. OTOH there have been cooler (~95 deg) high humidity classes that had sweat pouring off and soaked my towel. In either case I seem to lose about 4 pounds of water so I think it is more a case of how much can evaporate into the air.

    BTW 4 pounds is about a 1/2 gallon. I use that as a guide as to how much I need to replace.

    Take Care,
    Lee

    Meissa
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    #4363 |

    I reckon I sweat like a pig for such a tiny girl. There’ll be puddles of sweat on the carpet where my feet were during the separate leg series. *blush

    I’ve also noticed that if I don’t keep regular practice [eg a 1-week / few day hiatus], I won’t sweat as much during my first class back. Hmmm…

    fraseram
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    #4364 |

    I too can either sweat A LOT or not at all. It ALL depends on the humidity of the room. I have ALSO found that on those days of sweating A LOT that I can feel more tired and drained later if not careful to replace lost fluids. I have found water instrumental in my practice. hydration and electrolytes …… ALL the time. I drink constantly even on days that I am not practicing. My body does not do well if I ‘cylce’ my hydration. I just can’t seem to super-hydrate before class as some can. I am not sure if it is because I am little and just CAN”T absorb enough like that….. any way for me if I always keep my pee clear I never have to worry and always feel great LOL

    hannahjustbreathe
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    #4365 |

    We’re all so different, aren’t we?

    I’m a hell of a sweater, but I totally embrace it in my practice. Makes me feel as though my body is working well, flushing everything out, detoxifying, cleansing. In fact, if I don’t have a good sweat going by the third part of awkward–at the very latest!–I tend to wonder whether the heat/humidity is lower than usual.

    Also, it surprises me that more teachers don’t comment on how important it is NOT to wipe the sweat away, that your body is simply trying to cool itself, and that each time you try to dry yourself off, you’re actually making your body work harder.

    But, whether you sweat a lot or a little, it’s the effort that counts, right?

    ufatbasted
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    #4366 |

    When I move my hands over my head sweat flies off them.
    My shorts are soaked and dripping and the towel on my mat is soaked.

    I’ve become very careful with my hand movements to avoid spraying those around me with sweat!!

    I’ve had the same experience. My observation is that it depends almost entirely on humidity. I’ve had dry classes at 106 deg and barely left an outline of my body on the towel. OTOH there have been cooler (~95 deg) high humidity classes that had sweat pouring off and soaked my towel. In either case I seem to lose about 4 pounds of water so I think it is more a case of how much can evaporate into the air.

    BTW 4 pounds is about a 1/2 gallon. I use that as a guide as to how much I need to replace.

    Take Care,
    Lee

    Hey I’ve never had a dry class. I sweat walking to the train in freezing temps. Just the way I am.
    I weighed myself yesterday morning. Then did a weight work out and 30 min of cardio in the afternoon and took a hot yoga class at night. Dropped 5 lbs after the yoga class.
    I would guess most of the weight drop happened in yoga as I ate and drank lots of fluids before and after my afternoon work outs.

    bonmar
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    #4374 |

    ufatbasted – 03 March 2009 04:01 PM

    When I move my hands over my head sweat flies off them.
    My shorts are soaked and dripping and the towel on my mat is soaked.

    I’ve become very careful with my hand movements to avoid spraying those around me with sweat!!

    Oh, UFB, thank the lord you are aware of it! Nothing worse than people flinging sweat in all directions.

    shirleyng
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    #4375 |

    i do Bikram 3 times a week and other hot yoga 4 times a week, and i do sweat a lot, one day, the other hot yoga teacher told me that that since i sweat so much each class and it is not advisable to do too much Hot yoga due to the lost of the electrode in the body which cannot be replaced by just drinking water alone.

    Now, we have Bikram teachers telling us to do the 30 days or 60 days challenge,

    Q: is too much Hot Yoga (sweating) no good for the body ?

    LoveTheHeat
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    #4377 |

    I think sweat, and how much ad how early is an indication of how efficient your body is.
    The body heats up, and reacts by it’s cooling mechanism.

    DXBSHG
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    #4416 |

    The problem I seem to have with sweating is that I cannot always maintain grip on my feet. I used to do home practice and as the room was slightly less hot and humid, I was able to do all the postures to the maximum. Now that I attend classes, it is very frustrating for my feet to slip out of my hands when I want to pull them in front of me or over my hand. Has anyone experienced this and/ can offer any remedies?

    Thanks!

    Sarah

    fraseram
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    #4417 |

    wow lots of responses and a good discussion going ! Too, a good question about the amount of practice and sweating A LOT :)
    I find it important to replace my electrolytes after a class and more so if and when I practice more x week. I have had MANY discussions w/ my doctor and here is what he had to say…….
    the heat and sweating in itself is not dangerous, providing you practice safely. people LIVE in over 100 degree heat LOL
    take care of yourself rehydrate, take electrolytes, listen to how your feeling and your mood.

    For me …. If I belly breathe through my nose, keep calm and just, practice YOGA (not an intense kill yourself ‘workout’) the benefits and point of the practice glow through me. If I practice w/ the wrong intentions, or am not taking care of myself ….. it seems to work backwards. doing A LOT of yoga to go through the induction phase (when you FIRST START) or if you are dealing w/ an issue is OK. The amount of x you practice WILL cycle as you go through your life cycles. That is normal. to go 7 w/ doubles for a month or two then only 3x for a while ect is the ebb and flow of life. however, I will add this……… not listening to that cycle and going too much too long IS practicing w/ the wrong intentions and my have neg. effects. hope that helps and am excited to hear your thoughts…

    bonmar
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    #4418 |

    Sarah:

    Re the sweating and not being able to hold onto your feet: I bring a facecloth with me to each class. I pick it up after “party time” and tuck it into the back of my shorts, so most of it is hanging out. I just quietly put my hands behind me and dry my hands on it before Standing Head to Knee and Standing Bow. Then I toss it down just before Balancing Stick. Tucking it into the back of my shorts avoids unnecessary moving around or bending forward to dry my hands on my floor towel.

    It works perfectly for me with a minimum amount of movement.

    Gabrielle (The Hot Yoga Doctor)
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    #4424 |

    Hi Sarah

    I am going to tell you a secret … ssssh …

    The way to stop your hands from slipping is by … practicing yoga – without wiping. Over time you will develop sufficient finger and hand strength so that no matter how wet your hands are they will still grip. Really!!! :cheese:

    We used to practice with little cloths. Then one day we stopped and that is the day our yoga changed. If you can, avoid the washcloths and just put up with the slippage for a while.

    Namaste
    Gabrielle :)

    bonmar
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    #4427 |

    Oh, geez! It’s my one safety net/distraction left… hmphhhh….

    Gabrielle (The Hot Yoga Doctor)
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    #4439 |

    😆

    I KNOW I can count on your to rise to the challenge.

    Always a pleasure, Bonnie

    Namaste
    Gabrielle :)

    bonmar
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    #4442 |

    I was thinking about that and you in yoga, yesterday, Gabrielle. (okay, so I had a monkey brain yesterday.)

    I thought, no cloth – what next! my water will disappear and then the last straw, my clothes!

    Then I started to imagine doing this yoga naked and I almost started giggling in class ……

    In actuality, I probably could do it without a cloth, without water, or without clothes. yikes!

    fraseram
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    #4443 |

    when i’m in the sauna……. it is in the buff :red: though NOTHING like seeing your belly in the nude doing separate leg stretching keeps the fire to keep at it !!

    bonmar
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    #4456 |

    Well, it’s funny, really, but I forgot my cloth – kind of on purpose – yesterday and today and didn’t miss it a bit. Ha! And I’ve been dutifully carrying one with me to class for probably five years.

    I was at the front right of the class, my favourite spot, so I can see the side of me and make sure my pelvis is tucked. But I swear, once class starts everyone else disappears, so I didn’t notice the girl next to me was doing a lot of wiping and swiping with her cloth, but about half way through the teacher walked right in front of us and said very loudly to the girl next to me, Do you have something wrong with your eyes? She replied no, they’re okay. The teacher said, Well, you have a lovely practice but you’ve got to stop all that wiping! You’re in the front, people will be following you – you’ve got to stop wiping!

    I thanked my lucky stars I didn’t have my little cloth! Good teacher, though. I just love, love, love my new studio. You don’t get away with a thing, every posture must be close to perfect form.

    yogalifer
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    #4458 |

    I always sweat a lot in class–at least as much as the guys in class, if not more. I also have to be careful to not “fling” sweat off of my fingers. Sometimes in separate leg head to knee pose, I think that I am going to be a victim of dry drowning because of the sweat that is streaming out of my top into my nose! I used to be embarrassed about this, but just accept it now.

    All that said, this can make grips a bit difficult. I am absolutely amazed, though, at how strong my fingers and hands have become. I was recently at a party and my friends were having trouble opening a bottle of wine that had a champagne type cork. They were trying to pry it with tools, etc. After several people tried, I asked to give it a try and was able to pull it right out using only my fingers.

    One other thing that my instructor said recently–if we use props, it puts us at risk of moving too deeply into a pose before our bodies are ready. I thought that made sense.

    bonmar
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    #4507 |

    Yeah, you’re right, Gab, I didn’t need it and I don’t even miss it one bit. One less distraction in my meditative state.

    yogalifer
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    #4518 |

    Congrats, Bonnie! It feels so liberating to me every time I give up one more thing that I think that I NEED to have to finish a class–like water. Did you complete your 30 day challenge yet?

    bonmar
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    #4521 |

    Today is March 28th, so I’ve just finished Day 28. I think I’m going to go for 60 days, maybe 90! I am doing so well I can’t wait to see what I’d feel like after 60 days! I feel so strong, amazingly so at the end of each class, I always think I might go back in and do a double. I actually think I might do a double tomorrow. :)

    yogalifer
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    #4523 |

    Wow, it sounds like it is going really well. I did a 30 day challenge in February and just loved it. I found that the biggest challenge was getting there everyday. That challenge wasn’t because of reluctance to go, but it was work and other things that came up. I did my first back-to-back double on the last day of my thirty days. I will do it again, but am going to wait until there is a day that I am moved to do so rather than planning for it–like I did that one. I recommend it. One thing that I would do differently–I stayed in the hot room between classes (which I would prefer) but started the second class with soaking wet clothes and a soggy towel. As is the subject of this thread–I tend to sweat a lot. If I do it again, I’ll change between classes and start with a fresh towel. I think that starting with my clothes clinging with sweat made me feel more sapped than I would have otherwise.

    Good luck with your challenges!

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