Why HOT Yoga?
Great Reasons for a heated yoga room:
- The heat in the room enhances vasodilatation so that more blood is delivered to the muscles. This means that the capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to the heat by dilation. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
- When blood passes through warm muscles, oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles releases less oxygen.
- Warmed muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. Fat is released during stress. The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood stream. Hot Yoga Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids. If you exercise with cold muscles, they can’t use the fatty acids, and they end up in places they are not wanted such as in the lining of your arteries.
How does it work?
The postures in the traditional hot yoga sequence work synergistically and cumulatively to return the body to a balanced state. This yoga builds energy, stamina, strength, flexibility, balance and most importantly, the “tourniquet effect.” The tourniquet effect gently stretches, squeezes and massages the internal organs, flushes out the cardiovascular system, and stimulates the endocrine and nervous systems. Deficient hormones and enzymes are released or inhibited as necessary. This yoga will boost the body out of its unbalanced state, allowing it to become self-regulating and self-adjusting.
- Cholesterol in the blood gets “blasted out” of the arteries and veins; in turn it can become regulated.
- Oxygen and nutrients are supplied to parts of the body that have been in “cold storage.”
- Toxins are eliminated and the central nervous system is both energized and soothed
- The lymphatic system is flushed and the immune system strengthened.
- Sexual vitality and fertility are improved.
- The internal organs and endocrine glands are corrected and balanced, bringing them back to peak efficiency.
- Lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality.
- Bones are strengthened.
- The joints are opened and lubricated with synovial fluid.
- Muscles are strengthened, toned and flexibility is increased.
Stretching the muscles works the body at the cellular level. As a result, calories become more accessible and are more easily burned, helping the body operate at optimal fitness.
What are the benefits of a regular hot yoga practice?
The most frequently reported benefits are:
- Increased energy and metabolism
- Weight loss and increase in muscle tone
- Increase in strength and flexibility
- Reduction in stress and a newfound ability to induce relaxation during stressful moments
- Alleviation of symptoms of chronic diseases and Injuries
- Rejuvenated sense of calm and well-being
- An inspired and positive outlook on life
- Muscles more elastic, less susceptible to injury
- Improved coordination
Do I have to be in shape, flexible, strong or young to practice yoga?
Hot Yoga is a class designed for ANY beginner yet still challenging for more advanced students.
All you need is a good attitude and a willingness to try your best. These
qualities will enable you to reap all of the benefits hot yoga can offer.
What should I bring and how should I prepare for my first class?
• New students should arrive 15 minutes before class.
• Practice on an empty stomach: Try not to eat approx 2 hours before class time.
• You will need a towel and bottled water during class. We sell water at the studio.
• Drink plenty of water during the day you plan to come to class (and every day!).
• Wear something you'll feel comfortable sweating in.
• You don't have to be flexible to do yoga! Just bring an open mind and a willingness to try.