WHY TEA BEFORE HOT YOGA DOESN'T FLOW
Do you love hot yoga, but every time you're in class you feel like your chest is on fire? If you're like many people whose primary healthcare consultant is WebMD, you probably tried to self diagnosis, leaving you even more confused. And since you're unwilling to give up your weekly yoga classes, you'll try anything to remedy this weird, uncomfortable feeling.
Just like you, I was that yogi dreading the chest monster shortly into my flow. I went through my pre-hot yoga routine: I don't normally eat before–at least not within 2 to 3 hours of practicing–I get to the studio early, drink plenty of water, and relax my mind with a cup of tea from the studio lobby.
While I thought I was doing everything right, my body disagreed. It was time for me to throw in the towel and visit an expert, a gastroenterologist. Thousands of dollars later– literally, the answer was simple. I was developing acid reflux a.k.a heartburn. That meant the hot cup of healthy herbs I drank before class was actually my worst enemy.
After inquiring about the yoga studio's tea, I was assured that it was caffeine-free but, with more research I found that even caffeine-free ones have small amounts. Meaning all teas (a primary cause of acid reflux episodes) are risky.
Moving through inversions can cause acid to leak from your stomach into your esophagus. Practicing in a room that heats up to 103 degrees makes your muscles expand causing more blood flow to inflamed areas, like your abdomen and chest. Thus creating that strange feeling of an alien trying to get out of your thorax while in down dog.
I realized that while tea may make the yoga experience enriching and add to the tranquility of the studio, it may be best to have it post flow– with caution.
So in the words of Tove Lo, if we're talking body its important to listen to it, learn from it, and take good care of it.