Feelin’ hot, hot, hot yoga!
You probably know by now that yoga is good for you. You probably also know that there is a huge variety of yoga styles – Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Forrest, Yin, Restorative, Iyengar, Kundalini, Goat (yes we did just say Goat. Google it.) – we could go on. With most of these styles, you can further choose to practice in a heated room, anywhere between 28 and 36 degrees. Here at YG Studios we offer Hot 26, Hot Flow and Hot Hatha, because we know it’s good to sweat. Here’s why…
THE SCIENCE OF SWEAT
Most people don’t love sweating, but your body is here to disagree. Sweating is the body’s attempt at cooling you down – call it your own personal A/C. As your pores open up, they can release any dirt or oil blocking them, and the sweat itself can also provide a protective barrier to fight off pathogens that could cause skin irritation such as acne.
Want to know more? Sarah Everts’ new book, The Joy of Sweat, examines the pros, cons and lies about sweat.
HOT YOGA or Bikram
Hot yoga is the collective term, while Bikram is a specific type of hot yoga. At YG Studios we have Hot 26, a class taught in 36 degrees, covering 26 set poses over 90 minutes (and 60 minutes). By repeating the same sequence of poses, you’re much more able to notice your progress, and some students find it easier to tap out of their thinking brain and let the body take over.
How hot is too hot?
Now this is personal to each yogi, and for each yogi could even vary from day to day. What will always be true is the benefit of acclimatizing the body. Arrive 5 or 10 minutes before the class, enter the room, and allow your body and mind to settle into the heated environment.
Hot yoga for all
No experience is needed to join a hot yoga class. It’s a good idea to let the teacher know you’re a beginner, just so they can give you an extra helping hand if you need it. Opt for shorts and moisture-wicking tops, and of course bring a towel. After class remember to rehydrate – slow, steady sips of water, and take as much of a break as you need.
Ready to give it a go?? Good! Our Hot Flow, Hot Hatha and Hot 26 classes are waiting for you now!
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