What Are Some of the Benefits of Hot Yoga?
- Reduce stress
- Increase vitality, energy, relaxation
- Increases blood circulation
- Keeps joints juicy, increases muscle stress around joint to support under pressure
- Improves immunity (e.g. arthritis and thyroid disorders)
- A sense of well being that spreads into your life
- And flexibility of course!
Why the Heated Room?
The heat combined with the sequence of the poses is what makes Hot Yoga so special. The room is heated intentionally to warm muscles, which allows you to go deeper in a shorter amount of time, seeing results. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching, heals and also helps prevent injuries. Also, your skin is the largest eliminative organ in your body. Yoga is not just about working the muscles. You are massaging deep tissues, gland and organs as well. As you work deep within your body, you start to release “poisons” or “toxins” that have been stored there a long time. Sweating helps flush the toxins out of your body, giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe.
Is Hot Yoga a Cardiovascular Workout? Can I Lose Weight?
No matter what your fitness level, you will find Hot Yoga very challenging. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body from your bones to your skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise. Most people do not experience dramatic weight loss according to a scale because as you are losing fat, you are building muscle mass. What you will see is a general slimming all over: your clothes fit better, your posture is better, your skin will GLOW!
Is Hot Yoga for Me?
Ask yourself the following questions: Do I need to lose weight? Am I stressed out? Do I get tension headaches? is my cholesterol level too high? Do I have an injury that just doesn’t seem to heal? When I play weekend sports, am I in pain at the end of the day? Do I have trouble sleeping? Has my Doctor told me I need to get some form of exercise? Do I have back pain? Would I like to improve my surfing? Golf game? Do I lack energy? Do I tire easily? Would I like to be able to play with my kids/grandkids more? Do I travel frequently? Do I sit at a computer for long periods of time? Do I have carpal tunnel syndrome? Do I feel tension and stress in my back, shoulders or neck?
If you answered “YES” to any of the above, then Hot Yoga is for you!