Sweating is one of the natural ways of removing toxins from the body. Deep breathing also helps aerate the lungs, forcing stale air out and new air in. Hot Yoga further promotes more sweat through a heated room.
Yoga poses and flows will raise your heart rate and increase the circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the joints, connective tissues, and internal organs. Yoga poses create spacious openings so blood can go to places that are usually closed and tight, bringing rich nutrients into those areas resulting in healthier joints, organs, and overall health & wellbeing.
To everyones surprise, you can burn 350-550 calories in one yoga class. Yoga poses require physical strength, core muscles engagement, and concentration from the mind. All these activities require energy in our body. In addition for Hot yoga, exercising in the heat will increase your metabolism rate and sweat, resulting in faster weight loss.
By focusing on breathing, the mind develops focus, bringing strength and calmness. A full mind and body union is required for each yoga pose and naturally results in a higher state of mind. An opening of tightness from many areas also reduces tensions in our body leading to enhanced blood circulation.
One of the most obvious signs of aging is the loss of flexibility. Yoga reduces joint degeneration and improves muscle coordination, helping to slow the aging process. Regular yoga practice increases mobility & movement of body especially in older age.
Yoga poses improve overall flexibility in the body which leads to an improvement of our daily life. Spinal movement, hips & shoulder mobility, and overall body flexibility through proper stretching are essential elements for longevity.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE HEAT?
Heat in the room helps by promoting more sweat and thus flushing toxins from your body. Heat also helps loose up tendons and ligaments in your body allowing you to get deeper into postures and prevent injuries. The heated environment also helps to raise your heart rate, which in turn means you burn more calories.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER MY FIRST COUPLE OF CLASSES?
The first class for most beginners is generally challenging. This is because you are not used to the temperature in the room. It usually takes 2-3 classes for you to adjust your body to the room temperature and enjoy the heat. It is also not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first class. Usually the problem is that you do not drink enough water.
Some might feel disoriented or like you need a good nap, this is likely because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of the yoga practice. This sensation will disappear after a few classes after your body becomes stronger. Try to rest more especially the night leading up to the practice, you
will feel more energized throughout the class and the rest of your day.
You might also feel sore or stiff the day after your first class. Don't worry about this too much or let it keep you from coming back. Even if you feel stiff and sore, you can practice Yoga. In fact, the feeling will generally go away once you warm up.
WILL HOT YOGA HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT AND TONE MY BODY?
Yes. Yoga is also known as an aerobic exercise. The use of breath and heat (created by internal and external sources) combining with yoga poses increases heart rate, metabolism, stimulates elimination, and reduces food cravings. It is estimated that you will burn in between 400-600 kcal per 90-minute yoga class. Most yoga poses work all muscles and burn fat resulting in a toner and stronger body.
SHOULD I PRACTICE IF I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
First consult your physician. Listen to your body and don't push too hard in any of the poses the first couple of classes. Yoga poses that one should be more cautious with include back bending, standing bow pulling, cobra, balancing stick, locust and camel.
SHOULD I PRACTICE IF I HAVE ASTHMA, EMPHYSEMA OR BRONCHITIS?
Yes, Hot Yoga can be good for you in several ways. It is done in a warm room that promotes relaxation of the muscles and nerves, and is the type of exercise that you can do with as little or as much intensity as appropriate for your needs.
HOW DO I PREPARE BEFORE CLASS?
Drink water throughout the day and come with an empty stomach. Try to refrain from eating for at least two hours before class.
WHY IS IT CRUCIAL TO ATTEND THE CLASSES FROM THE BEGINNING?
All classes start with 15 minutes of warm-up poses, hence it’s highly recommended to attend classes on time so your body gets a chance to warm up. Without practicing all proper warm up poses, you can potentially injure yourself in some later poses.
CAN YOGA HELP INSOMNIA?
Yes. The physical exertion and mental concentration of Yoga helps to relax your body and reduce stress.
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE FEEL DIZZY DURING OR AFTER CLASS?
Possibly not breathing properly or not drinking enough water; eating too much before class or not eaten for a long time and having low blood sugar. Pace your practice and remind yourself to breath deeply through out the class will help release the dizziness.
SHOULD I PRACTICE HOT YOGA WHILE MENSTRUATING ?
It is perfectly safe to do Hot Yoga when menstruating. Inverted postures are normally the postures to be avoided during menstruation, but there are no inverted postures in a Hot Yoga class. Hot Yoga is very good for toning the reproductive system as it directly affects the reproductive organs and the endocrine glands, pituitary, pineal and thyroid gland in particular. Women’s cycle becomes more regular and complaints of menstruating pain and PMS decrease.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH STYLE IS THE BEST FOR ME?
There are so many different styles of Yoga that we offer, try a few (or all styles) and find the practice that best suits your personality and personal objectives. The first few classes can be confusing until you learn the method. Choose all level 1 classes or class that are assigned A/L (all levels).
I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING HOT YOGA FOR 6 MONTHS CAN I TRY VINYASA OR FLOW?
Start any time, it is a great compliment to Hot Yoga, as it focuses more on upper body strength. We suggest you start with Hot Flow, Vinyasa or Mysore style classes.