Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hot Yoga?
Hot Yoga is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises done in a specific order, designed for our cultural problems of stress, overeating, bad posture, and aggressive lifestyles. This exact technique and series of fixed poses brings better health to anyone willing to try it. The Hot 26+2 series of yoga postures, done in the prescribed order, works synergistically to bring your body into optimal balance. Yoga is a 5000-year-old science and it is the best way of improving the body and the mind. When practicing the Hot 26+2 series, you have a physical and mental well-being that positively effects the way you see yourself in the world.
Why is the room heated?
The room is heated to keep the body from overheating (contrary to popular belief), protect muscles to allow for deeper stretching, detoxify the body (open pores to let toxins out), thin the blood to clear the circulatory system, increase heart rate for better cardiovascular workout, improve strength by putting muscle tissue in optimal state for reorganization, and reorganize lipids (fat) in the muscular structure.
I am not flexible and I have no balance, can I do this?
Yes. Yoga is not about being flexible or having great balance. You get 100% of the benefit by trying the right way and doing the best you can do that day. There is no standard or comparison except yourself.
How does Hot Yoga work?
The body is naturally self-regulating and self-healing. It just needs to be boosted when it is out of balance. Hot yoga provides this boost by gently stretching, squeezing, and massaging the internal organs, spine, muscles, tendons, and joints. It flushes out the cardiovascular system, and stimulates the endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. Toxins are eliminated. The central nervous system is both energized and soothed. The lymphatic system is flushed out and the immune system is built up.
Do you have showers?
Yes we do!
What should I bring?
You will need a yoga mat, large beach size towel and water for class. For the first class a mat and towel are both complimentary, any time after that rentals will be available. The studio sells beverages.
What should I wear?
Wear something light and comfortable. Men often wear shorts or swim trunks. Women often wear shorts, tank tops, or a sports bra top.
How many times a week should I practice?
It is recommended to practice no less than 10 times per month to get the minimum benefit from Hot Yoga. Unlike weight lifting or other forms of exercise, it is not necessary to take a "resting" day off from Hot Yoga. The more you practice, the more benefit you get. You should consider your yoga practice as internal hygiene, you have to clean the insides to have good health.
What is happening in my body during Hot Yoga?
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 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 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.