Why the heated room?
Muscles heat up quicker allowing for deeper stretching in a shorter time period. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching and helps to heal and prevent injury. Heat plus yoga facilitates the massaging of internal tissues, organs and glands. Sweating helps cleanse your body of toxins, so you feel fresh and rejuvenated.
What if I’m not very flexible?
Flexibility is a process that evolves with ones yoga practice. The body will develop in flexibility and strength at an individual rate. A commitment towards regular practice will enhance anyone's flexibility.
Is it possible to lose weight practicing hot yoga?
This is in no way a quick fix towards weight loss. However, with a degree of dedication and commitment one can simultaneously tone muscle mass and lose inches. The result will be an overall slimming of the body and better distribution of body weight. This is called weight normalization.
What should I eat or drink before yoga?
It is recommended to refrain from eating 2-3 hours before class and to drink plenty of water. It is possible to lose up to 3-5 pounds of water weight during a class. This is NOT good weight to lose. It isn't difficult to get dehydrated, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water after class and the entire day before you come to class. You are less likely to feel light headed or dizzy during class if you've had enough to drink in the hours preceding class. How much is enough? Typically a good formula is take your body weight and divide by 2. This is how many ounces of water you should consume daily. Here's an example: 140 lb/2 = 70 oz. 64 oz is a half gallon. Being fully hydrated helps take pressure off of organs to do their jobs and helps flush the body and keep it running smoothly. The most typical excuse for not drinking water is the increased visits to the restroom. Your body will adjust to the increased water intake. You may also find benefits of decreased body odor, smoother skin, and shinier hair.
What can I do about feeling sore after yoga?
Muscle soreness is a build up of lactic acid. What's the best way to get rid of the lactic acid? Stretching. It may seem impossible to imagine that coming back for more will help, but it is THE BEST way to relieve the soreness. If you wait too long to come back you will be starting all over again. Try an epsom salt bath.
How often should I practice Hot Yoga?
Four times per week is the optimum, to feel all the benefits of Hot Yoga, and improve your practice. The most important thing is to make yoga part of a balanced lifestyle, and understanding what that means to you.
What should I wear?
It’s important to be comfortable and have freedom of movement for all yoga classes. For the hot classes you will sweat and so will not want to be covered up. Women tend to wear shorts or leggings with vests or crop tops and for the men its shorts with or without a t-shirt.
What should I bring?
Mats, blocks and blankets are provided at the studio but you may prefer to bring your own mat or props. For the hot classes bring a bottle of water and 2 towels (one for the studio, one for showering). Don’t worry if you forget as you can buy water or rent a towel at the studio.
How does yoga affect my body?
Muscles are contracted and stretched at a cellular, biochemical level. Lipids and proteins reorganize optimally in such stretching, allowing for better circulation. Joint mobility and range of motion is increased, and strength is built by the use of gravity. Muscles and joints are balanced. Blood and calcium are brought to the bones. Working against gravity strengthens the bones. The organs of the immune system within the bones (red marrow) are boosted. The lymph nodes are massaged, lymph is pumped throughout the body, and white blood cells are distributed throughout the body as the lymphatic system works more efficiently. There is compression and extension to the thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines; lungs are stretched and flushed out by increased blood circulation. The endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones, and the communication between hormones and various glands and systems of the body is perfected. Toxins and waste are eliminated through the organs of elimination. The nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, improving communication within the systems of the body and supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout. The brain is stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.
Is hot yoga considered aerobic exercise?
The word aerobic literally means "with oxygen" or "in the presence of oxygen." Aerobic activity trains the heart, lungs and cardiovascular system to process and deliver oxygen more quickly and efficiently to every part of the body by elevating the heart rate during exercise to its target level. As the heart muscle becomes stronger and more efficient, a larger amount of blood can be pumped with each stroke. Fewer strokes are then required to rapidly transport oxygen to all parts of the body. You can derive these benefits from practicing Hot Yoga. You can take your pulse during class and see that due to the nature of the asanas, your heart rate and respiration become elevated to your target level. This can help you determine how intensely to work during class.
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