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Posted: 03 March 2009 12:22 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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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

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Posted: 03 March 2009 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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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.

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Posted: 03 March 2009 05:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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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!!

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Posted: 03 March 2009 05:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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ufatbasted - 03 March 2009 09:01 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!!

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

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Posted: 04 March 2009 01:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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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…

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Posted: 04 March 2009 07:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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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

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Posted: 04 March 2009 09:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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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?

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Posted: 04 March 2009 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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lee - 03 March 2009 09:33 PM
ufatbasted - 03 March 2009 09:01 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!!

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.

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Posted: 05 March 2009 10:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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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.

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Posted: 06 March 2009 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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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 ?

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Posted: 07 March 2009 04:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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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.

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Posted: 15 March 2009 06:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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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?

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Posted: 15 March 2009 07:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]  
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wow lots of responses and a good discussion going ! Too, a good question about the amount of practice and sweating A LOT smile
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…

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Posted: 15 March 2009 10:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]  
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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.

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Posted: 15 March 2009 10:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]  
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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 smile

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Posted: 16 March 2009 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]  
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Oh, geez!  It’s my one safety net/distraction left…  hmphhhh….

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