Hot Yoga

 

We offer the “Traditional Hot Yoga Class” in the Ghosh – Bikram Tradition. It is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises designed to be practiced in a room heated to   98 -105 degrees. This powerful class systematically works the entire body, concentrating on the essence of every organ, bone, joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, blood vessel, nerve and gland. Incorporating strength, balance, and flexibility, each pose stimulates the mind, restores and shapes the body.

Always the same postures, always the same deeply therapeutic benefits.

Benefits of Traditional      Hot Yoga: 7 Reasons for the heat:  excerpt from “Smart Exercise” by Covert Bailey:

– Muscle Toning

– Balance

– Weight Loss

– Stress Reduction

– Increased Vitality

– Flexibility

– Strength



– Enhances vasodilatation* so that more blood is delivered to the muscles.

– Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily.**

– Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.

– Makes muscles more elastic, less susceptible to injury.

– Improves coordination.

– Reduces heart irregularities associated with sudden exercise.

– Burns fat more easily.***

*The capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to heat by dilating.  This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.

**When blood passes through warm muscles oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin.  Blood passing through cold muscles releases much less oxygen.

***Warmed muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones.  Fat is released during stress.   The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood streams.  If you exercise with cold muscles they can’t use the fatty acids, and they end up in places where they aren’t wanted, such as the lining of your arteries.

Note: Muscles aren’t the only beneficiaries of heat. Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain and spinal cord.

Warm muscles are more elastic and are less susceptible to injury. Warmer temperatures produce a fluid like stretch that allows greater range of motion. Cold muscles don’t absorb shock or impact as well and aren’t stretched as well so they get injured more readily.

PRACTICE

In general, we recommend arriving with enough time to get ready for class and have a few minutes or more to sit or lie quietly in the Yoga Room before class begins.

When you practice yoga in a class environment, you are practicing in community. Be patient and compassionate with yourself and others – we are all working together!

Pace yourself and rest when you need to.

Make sure to place your mat so practitioners behind you can see.

Use a large towel over your mat during class.

Stay in the room during class.

Avoid strongly scented perfumes or lotions.

Talk to your teacher before class about any injuries or conditions you are experiencing.

Come to class well hydrated and avoid large meals in the hours before you practice.

And Enjoy! Yoga makes you happy! :)

 


“Postures strengthen and develop will and body – physical and mental development are intertwined.”— Bishnu Ghosh