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. Being fully hydrated helps take pressure off of organs to do their jobs and helps flush the body and keep it running smoothly.
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 so wear something light that pulls moisture away from your body. Avoid heavy cottons. Women tend to wear shorts or leggings with a tank or sports bra and for the men its shorts with or without a t-shirt.
What should I bring?
For the hot classes bring a yoga mat, a bottle of water and 1 towel or 2 if you plan to shower at the studio. Don’t worry if you forget as you can buy water or rent a towel and 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.