Hello S. Alladi and Elaine,
I am a hot yoga teacher trained by Gabrielle, I hope you don’t mind if I respond to your posts this time! =)
It’s great that you guys discovered hot yoga! Welcome to the club =)
It is one of the most beneficial physical exercises in the world and its alo very challenging on many levels!
Because you both are new to this wonderful but admittedly tough activity, I would like to stress out the importance of continuous and correct breathing.
Gabrielle has great, FREE videos available on this website. Here is one on breathing:
Have a look at it, I think you will find it very useful! Holding your breathe and compressing your body at the same time by itself, can result in bloodshot eyes!
Just a few questions before we move onto more direct suggestions:
- How much water do you drink before/during/after class?
- How do you replenish your electrolytes?
- Are you wearing a headband when practising?
I have a couple of things in mind that might help you but first can you get back to me on that?
Enjoy your practice until next time!
I am looking forward to hearing from both of you!