Why would anyone want to practice yoga—which already consists of a series of awkward and uncomfortable poses—in a room heated to around 104 degrees?

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While there are certain precautions you should take, hot yoga might not be such a bad thing—turns out, there are some health benefits to doing downward dog in higher temps, including helping out your arteries’ stiffness. But if you’re thinking about switching up your workout routine and giving hot yoga a try, here’s what to expect.

1. Arriving to class 30 minutes early…

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

2. Your closest friends have already tried to talk you out of subjecting yourself to such a torturous activity.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

3. But you’re not worried. In the words of Beyoncé, "a little sweat ain’t never hurt nobody."

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

4. When it hits you that hot yoga isn’t a joke and the room really is heated to 104 degrees.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

5. But you’re too legit to quit…

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

6. Desperately trying to pay attention to the teacher’s instructions.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

7. TBH, you’d rather be doing this.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

8. How I think I look doing hot yoga:

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

9. How I actually look:

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

10. WHY didn’t I just sign up for the beginner level?

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

11. Convincing yourself you’ve already lost at least five pounds through sweating.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

12. When you try to effortlessly transition into the next pose, but almost slip on your own sweat.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

13. When you DGAF and shamelessly start chugging water like there’s no tomorrow.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

14. Making eye with someone who’s struggling just as much as you are and instantly bonding.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

15. That same person asks if you’d be his/her hot yoga buddy and you’re like:

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

16. Pretending to be somewhere on an island drinking a cold piña colada.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

17. Midway through the class, you’re no longer insecure about being a newbie.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

18. Actual footage of me leaving class after it’s dismissed:

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

19. Bragging to your entire squad about how you survived hot yoga like...

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time

20. When you finally realize that hot yoga is sorta fun… and you’re totally awesome.

20 GIFs That Nail What It's Like Trying Hot Yoga for the First Time Princess Gabbara is a Michigan-based journalist and storyteller. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram .

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