The series is designed to stretch and warm the muscles, ligaments and tendons safely while encouraging balance, strength, flexibility and weight-loss. While Hot Yoga is a great place for beginners to initiate their Yoga practice, it also offers the seasoned Yogi continued growth with challenging advanced postures. Our hot classes take the liberty to explore postures that are not endorsed by the traditional sequencing and allow the instructor freedom to teach from many schools of thought. Do not be alarmed if our instructors add some postures to the set sequence to further serve you in deepening your practice! We feel all the best gyms offer some unique fitness classes such as hot yoga.
The benefits of hot yoga are many – here are eight:
1. Flexibility: No, you won’t be forced into contortionist positions. The heat will allow you to safely reach new levels of personal flexibility in beginner’s postures, which is therapeutic for your body (see number seven). Plus, let’s be honest, being flexible is cool. You’ll be busting out Standing Bow Pose at your next party.
2. Strength: Your own body is your gym. This yoga is low impact and uses muscles you didn’t know you had—trying standing in a wide lunge for Triangle pose on carpet and not sliding! Also, a prime focus is on spine strength, which is key to a long healthy life!
3. Breath: The definition of Hatha Yoga asana is: stillness in a posture while breathing normally. With the added element of the heat, you won’t make it far if you don’t breathe deeply! If there is no breathing, there is no yoga. It won’t take long before you learn to breathe in a full and controlled manner.
4. Cardio: Your heart can work the same way doing yoga postures in a heated room as it does when running a mile, and you never even leave your mat. Particularly in postures when you are balancing and contracting your muscles at the same time. A 90-minute class can burn up to 1,000 calories. The way you stretch and compress your internal organs and glands also stimulates metabolism so you are burning calories quicker outside the room as well.
5. Detox: The heated room helps you to stretch more and get your cardio, but it also helps you sweat. The postures themselves are detoxifying for your muscles, organs, and glands and sweating furthers that.
6. Focus: Most Hot Yoga classes consist of the same 26 postures and two breathing exercises—and if not, there is almost always a dialed routine. The routine helps you to advance your practice through repetition. As you advance, you gain tremendous focus and determination. The ability to focus carries over to your daily life. When you can focus on the task at hand, you’ll excel and you can enjoy it more.
7. Healing: The primary purpose of this yoga is therapy. With a regular practice, these postures can help to heal old injuries and also prevent them in the future. This is especially true for, but not limited to, back pain. Don’t skip the postures that are slightly uncomfortable. Hot Yoga is also known to reduce symptoms of conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity.
8. Life:“You’re only as old as your spine is flexible.” ~Joseph Pilates
Check out Hot Yoga and try a class. You’ve got nothing to lose!
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Our Bikram classes are taught by Teresa Taylor, a Bikram-Certified Instructor, and former Yoga Studio owner.
**BIKRAM is on hiatus for the summer season! Check back in the winter for more Bikram classes!**