Is it just me, or do your muscles get extra stiff in the winter? A little heat gives my muscles more movement (obvs). Hot yoga and cold weather go together like tacos and Tuesdays. Which is why I call this time of the year…hot yoga season (although, I do like it year round).
Freezing temps make me groggy, grumpy and tired…aka a hot mess. Yoga helps reverse that — afterwards I feel grounded, alert and my mind feels at ease. Last year, I started taking CorePower Yoga classes (remember Nancy from CPY’s yoga tips + this post on my first CPY class?).
What’s a CPY class like?
Expect to sweat. CPY incorporates yoga’s zen vibe in the beginning and end of class. The majority of the class is energetic, fun and sweaty. With mental and physical benefits, you get the best of both worlds. Totally uplifts my icky mood.
Photo c/o CPY. Calling all Philly area yogis — I love the CPY on Walnut Street, but if you’re outside the city, they have TWO new studio openings — one in North Wales and the other in Cherry Hill. Stay tuned for exact dates.
When I go into a yoga class, I like to be prepared. There have been manyyyyy moments where I have forgotten everything. I end up just stressing out during the first part of class. To reap more benefits through the entire class, I’ve created an updated hot yoga essentials checklist (check my last post on stylish hot yoga essentials).
Here’s my updated list with five hot yoga essentials:
1. What To Wear On Top
A sweat-wicking top is a must. I avoid cotton t-shirts because they just soak up alllllll the sweat O_O. If I do wear cotton, it’s a loose cropped tank to let my skin breathe. Kate Spade currently has an extra 30% off sale items promo, so I got this tank. How cute is the bow accent?!
Shop it | Kate Spade T-Back Bow Tank
2. What To Wear On Bottom
I completely recommend mesh or ripped leggings! These two styles are way cute and add texture to your outfit. It exposes skin to more air for breatheabilty. I also like high-waisted yoga leggingz — they’re very flattering and give my core more support.
3. Cute Water Bottle
On my hot yoga days, I try to avoid caffeine because it’s dehydrating. I like to drink water before, during and after class. I have a bkr and it helps me keep track of how much water I’m drinking throughout the day. Some other reusable water bottle brands I love are S’well and Hydro flask (I just ordered a Hydro flask this week!).
4. Yoga Mat Towel and/or Face Towel
It’s soooooo annoying when you don’t have a towel to wipe off your sweat. Manduka makes good absorbent towels for your mat and your hands/body. The one on your for your mat is good if you’re prone to slipping. The hand towel is a sweaty yogi’s savior.
5. Extra Clothes
After class, I change out of my sweaty yoga top and put on a comfy sweater underneath my coat. I like to dress warm so my body doesn’t freak out when I go outside in the cold weather. This is my favorite cable knit sweater to wear in the winter. I love shielding my face from the wind with it’s chunky turtleneck. I also love it because I can wear it after yoga class, dress it up at night, or wear it casual the day. Endless outfit possibilities!
Shop it | Nasty Gal Cable Knit Sweater
What are your favorite yoga accessories? Share in the comments below!
All opinions are my own. Post sponsored by CorePower Yoga.