Why “Hot” Yoga?
You need to warm up your body before you do any vigorous exercise. At Hot Yoga Wellness, the studio room is thermostatically heated with healthy infra-red heat, very close to body temperature with humidity around 50% which allows you to breathe easier. The body can safely regulate its internal temperature to 98.6F through sweating and you are in a comfort zone.
There are a number of reasons for heating the room to body temperature. A warmed-up body can stretch, twist, bend and arch further which means that you will literally massage all your inner organs, glands, muscles, ligaments, etc. thus allowing greater mobility without causing pain. You are giving yourself a “tune-up” because you are affecting every cubic centimetre inside your body plus the largest organ of your body, your skin, is getting a genuine cleansing due to sweating.
Toning and Weight Normalization
Think about when you were much younger and you climbed trees, furniture and literally turned yourself into a pretzel. Everyday your internals received a major workout. Hot yoga allows that to happen to you again thus giving yourself a “tune-up” each time you take a hot yoga class. There is simply no better exercise than a “body temperature” yoga class performed in an infra-red heated room. At least three times per week will achieve wonders for your mind, body and soul. Your body weight will simply normalize itself which means that your optimum weight will be achieved and toning will be accomplished depending on the depth and extent of your efforts in following the postures.
Peace of Mind
You have the added advantage of not having to think at all about the outside world as you are concentrating on breathing and balancing and basically following the instructor’s guided session. This gives your mind a release which creates a genuine calming effect. You will notice that you come out of the class feeling “lighter” and at peace. The studio room becomes like a second home for you as a refuge from the everyday pressures of life.
Summary of Benefits
- Much greater flexibility thus reducing the chance of injuries if doing sports.
- Efficient toning and burning fat effectively through increased metabolism.
- Removal of waste products from every cell which allows for better circulation.
- Attitude changes resulting in a friendlier and more tolerant you.
- Challenges are simpler to handle due to improved self-control, concentration and willpower.
- Better immune system with much greater resistance to illnesses.
- Check the web re arthritis, circulation, blood pressure and more benefits of Hot Yoga.
- You’ll be in great shape and will find that Hot Yoga alone will keep you in top condition.
- Don’t “push” yourself too hard for your first few Hot Yoga classes.
- Do allow yourself to acclimatize and get used to postures and breathing.
- Drink 8 or so glasses of water per day and more when doing classes.
- Don’t come to class totally hungry.
- Don’t eat 2-3 hours before class (have some juice or a bit of fruit instead)
- During class take frequent small sips of water (20 oz. during class but up to you)
- Drink water after class.
- Do eat properly. You know! -You have read all the do’s and don’ts of eating properly.
Gym Tip: Put the gym on “hold” for one month and put the same effort and time into classes of Hot Yoga. Try it and tell us your results.
The Hot Yoga Wellness Diet
Upon waking, consume one litre of body temperature water before food or any other liquid. Use a kettle or stovetop to heat water, not a microwave.
Breakfast: Fruit (organic if possible), cut up and mixed together the previous evening so it is at room temperature – as much as you can eat. It may seem like a lot but it is mostly water. If, after a few hours you are hungry then drink fruit juice.
Lunch: Eat lots of raw and or cooked vegetables with a slice of bread or small potato or handful of rice/pasta. If you are in a hurry then just have a “liquid” lunch such as 750ml of yogurt (with honey – no sugar or ‘fake’ sugar), or one litre of vegetable juice (which has no added sugar) or one litre of orange juice, etc. Keep it simple and natural (do not buy juice “drinks” or “cocktails” as these are not 100% natural). Drink vegetable juice or eat a carrot or celery stick, etc. if you feel hungry before dinner.
Dinner: Dinner should be plain and simple. Do NOT mix starches (rice, potatoes, pasta, corn, beans, flour products) and proteins (meat, fish, eggs). Eat proteins (meat, etc) with fruits or veggies. If you want to eat meats then eat some two hours before or two hours after you consume starch.
Before bed: Have some juice. Do not go to bed hungry!
Eat the following five days a week:
a. Yogurt – preferably plain with a touch of honey
b. A few almonds
c. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of safflower oil and olive oil onto your plate. (The safflower fights fat and the olive oil aids digestion.)
Consciously and with purpose - do not ever allow yourself to be hungry. You want your metabolism to change. You want your body to realize that you will not let it go hungry and therefore your body will not try to store fat.
Above all, be gentle with yourself and listen to your body.