Ice, Ice Baby: The Ultimate Post-Hot Yoga Cool-Down Drink

Those of you who read this blog semi-regularly know how much I love hot yoga.

It’s the perfect workout for building endurance, strengthening, stretching, and toning muscle… all while literally sweating off the extra pounds. I especially love hot yoga during Montana’s long winter months. Nothing obliterates that bone-chilling winter frost like holding Lotus Pose in a 90-plus degree room (and true Bikram-style yogis practice at a sizzling 105 Fahrenheit!)

With regular hot yoga, however, there is a risk of dehydration. When you’re sweating out a decent volume of fluids, you must be careful to replace those fluids, as well as the electrolytes (sodium, calcium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, and magnesium) that keep your body in balance. Think about hot yoga the same way you think about recovering from the flu: rest, re-hydrate, replenish, restore.

I’ve spoken before about my favorite ways to re-hydrate post-yoga, but here’s a new practice I’d like to share with you that feels particularly refreshing: pre-making citrus ice cubes to infuse your water with that little extra something.

The recipe I like includes:

  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Lemon
  • Fresh mint

I blend them together in my juicer (amount of each ingredient depends on your taste) and freeze them in a tray for future use. These simple but refreshing cubes give my water a light, citrus flavor and help restore my fluid reserves after every 90-minute session.

Try it and see what you think. (Special thanks to Momma J for the recommendation!)

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or trained medical professional. Please seek advice from either before attempting hot yoga and before choosing a post-workout recovery method that’s right for you.