I'm new to Sunstone, I've attended yoga classes in the past (it's been a few years) and I was always fine, but I had always steered clear of hot yoga. I took advantage of the first class free offer & tried a barre class earlier this week, and passed out.
Which was a real bummer, because the class was really fun and was kicking my butt, which I need! We had finished up with planks and stood up to go to the barre, and I just got this horrible head rush that got worse and worse the longer I stood up. After a few seconds I had completely lost my hearing and I couldn't feel my legs (I'm assuming my vision went too, but I can't be sure because the room was dark for glow barre (such a fun idea!) so I couldn't really see anyway.) I decided to step back and sit down before I totally collapsed, and the instructor was super sweet and helpful, she checked on me several times and brought me a wet towel with ice, which seemed to help quite a bit. I also chugged water the whole time I was on the ground. I felt a lot better after a few minutes and stood back up and tried to rejoin the class, but after about 10 seconds everything had gone fuzzy & I had to sit down again! I repeated this cycle a couple of times, and when the instructor asked if I needed to leave the class, I figured I probably should. Another teacher came out of the room with me and made sure I was okay (seriously, I cannot say enough about how totally awesome the ATC staff is!) I've passed out before, and I get headrushes from time to time whenever I hop up too fast, so I'm pretty familiar with the process, and normally I can take a few deep breaths & lean on something for a minute & it will subside & I'll be fine. But for the life of me, I couldn't make it go away this time, until I got out into the air conditioning.
Now, to be fair, I am NOT great about drinking water. I had about 20 ounces of water that day before class, (which is probably more than I had had in the past three days combined), and I probably should have planned a more protein heavy lunch, or eaten some small snack about an hour prior to class. Also, I am a complete and total weenie, I have never been very physically active...which is why I NEED classes like this in my life to make me work so much harder than I'd ever push myself on my own!!
I'd like to try at least one more time, and I'm trying to figure out what I should do to try to prevent passing out next time. I solemnly swear that I will drink SO much more water before coming to class again, I'll try to eat something slightly more substantial than salad, and...? Does anyone have any other suggestions? Should I bring ice? Wet my hair prior to class (my mother's suggestion, not mine, just throwing it out there!
And I guess my primary concern is, if I can't hydrate enough to keep from passing out, what is the best way to handle it if it happens? I don't want to disrupt the whole class or create a ridiculous scene, I don't want to distract the teacher...I'm fairly certain that I'm not going to die, I'm just a weenie who's used to living a sedentary lifestyle in the comfort of air conditioning.
So as instructors, how would you prefer someone like me deal with their issues? Should I leave the room if I can't see/hear/stand, or should I stay and just sit or lie down? If I have to leave and feel fine after five minutes in the AC, should I rejoin the class or would that be too disruptive? I don't want to ruin everyone's class experience just because I'm having a rough time...Also, would the protocol be the same for every class or are there some classes where a disruption would be worse than others? Please advise.