Hot Yoga?

Posted: January 11, 2013 in Saturday Classes, Yoga
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Benefits of Hot Yoga

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~Gandhi

Yoga is designed to untie the mind body and spirit. When a person reaches the point of harmony between these three things, he or she can find healing, better health, and joy. Yoga helps you understand things about your body that maybe you had not thought about before. You become more aware of things like you body’s posture, alignment, and movement. It helps keep your body flexible and mobile, which is important to your physical health whether you are very active or are just being introduced to the fitness or yoga community. It helps you relax during the class and even outside the room when in stress-filled environments. Many people come to yoga to lose weight and become fit; some people come for increased energy. Most people end up finding more happiness and peace in the process. Most of the time you come in for one reason and you leave with much more! (Adapted from

–        Physical Benefits: Hot yoga raises your pulse and then brings it back down through the sequence of the postures, changing the blood flow in your body. We move into positions that contract and constrain certain muscles and then release fresh blood flow and oxygen back into those muscles. The combination of lowering/raising your heart rate and the improved oxygenation help to improve your cardiovascular health, increase your endurance, and increase your stamina.

–        Weight Loss: Yoga helps tackle some of the main causes of weight issues – thyroid conditions, lack of exercise, eating habits, and stress. Many of the poses stimulate the thyroid, which is a gland that helps to regulate your metabolism. As your practice deepens, so does your awareness of your body. You start to pay more attention to what you are eating as you are improving your physical health. You start to crave food that nourish your body rather than foods for comfort and stress eating.  

–        Breath Control: As you dive deeper into your practice, you start to see how your breathing starts to benefit the body and mind. You start to learn how to control your breath while exercising and when in stressful situations. Learning to control your breath can improve all of your physical activity, whether in yoga or outside of the classroom. Understanding the power of breathing can help relieve your mind in stressful situations.

–        Increased Flexibility: When you have strength, you need to have flexibility to help balance out the body. Yoga will increase your flexibility and promote strength simultaneously. A warm body is a more flexible body!

–        Meditation: Whether you realize it or not, Hot Yoga is a moving meditation. You are quieting your mind and focusing on your body during a series of postures. You are healing your body from the inside out. Yoga a day keeps the doctor away!

–        Improved Circulation: Hot Yoga helps improve circulation through a series of postures that constrict or compress a part of the body that temporarily restricts circulation. When releasing from the posture, fresh blood flow is sent back to that area.

–        Stress Reliever: Stress is known to be a major factor in one’s health. In this day, stress is a common part of many people’s lives. Yoga’s quiet and stress-free environment gives relief to the stressed that we all face. As you practice more, you are able to take that environment from inside the studio to outside of the classroom and apply yoga to your everyday life.

–        “Me Time:” Most people get so caught up in the activities of daily life that they forget to take time for themselves. Yoga can give that back to you! You deserve some time where you focus only on you, where you quiet your mind and embrace the silence. Give yourself the chance to try it. =)

-Stacy Lontoc


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