Why the Heat Anyway? 8 Reasons Why It is Benificial to do Yoga in a Heated Room

As our studio grows, and we are offering a variety of classes, whether they be  hot, "warm", or creating the fire within,  the question has come up several times:  "Why the heat anyway?"   Great question guys!  Here are eight reasons why it is beneficial to do yoga in a heated room:

  1. Flexibility:  The heat will allow you to safely reach new levels of personal flexibility while in beginner’s postures, which is therapeutic for your body.
     
  2. Strength: You have heard the expression, "Your body is  your temple". Yoga is usually low impact and at the same time, uses and creates muscles you didn’t know you had. When you do yoga in the heat,  your body works even harder and creates new muscle faster. Also, with yoga, the  focus is on spine strength, which is key to a long healthy life, as your spine is the main energy center in  your body.
     
  3. Breath: The definition of Hatha Yoga Asana is: "Stillness in a posture while breathing normally". With the added element of the heat, you learn very quickly that you won’t make it far if you don’t breathe deeply!  You will learn to breathe in a full and controlled manner, which will directly carry over into your every day life. Because your body will automatically breath more deeply and slowly through your nose, your stress level will go down and you will add years onto your life.
     
  4. Cardio: Your heart will work the same way doing yoga postures in a heated room as it does when running several miles, and you never even leave your mat. (This is not only better on your joints, but healing for your your joints). Your cardio benefits increase particularly in postures when you are balancing and contracting your muscles at the same time. The way you stretch and compress your internal organs and glands also stimulates metabolism so you are burning calories outside the room. In other words, the benefits stretch far beyond the hour or 90 minutes in the room. 
     
  5. Detoxification: The heated room helps you to stretch more and get your cardio, but it also helps you sweat. Sweat=detoxification and purification. When you sweat, you then have the opportunity to rid yourself of toxins, and  replenish your body with fresh water. Your body is mostly water, so the cleaner you are, the better you feel and more efficient things will work. 
     
  6. Focus: The heated room forces you into an "active meditation". Let's face it, when you are hot, you are forced to stay present. The ability to focus carries over to your daily life. When you learn to stay present, you will stress less and enjoy life more!
     
  7. Healing: The primary purpose of this yoga is therapy. With a regular practice, you will heal old injuries and also prevent them in the future. This is especially true for, but not limited to, back pain. Don’t skip the postures that are slightly uncomfortable, as the postures you don't like, are usually the postures your body needs the most!   Hot Yoga is also known to reduce a plethora of  symptoms, conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity.
     
  8. Life: What is the reason why we do yoga? To enjoy life! After as soon as your first class, you will notice that you can reach higher, twist more, move with more ease, and live a pain free live.  The benefits only grow the more you come.

Please feel free and ask any of our teachers if you would like to know more. 

Namaste!

QHYL

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