We talk about the hype.
Hot yoga often confuses the un-converted; and particularly seeing as most Australians already reside in such a hot local weather, many yoga devotees use their time within the studio to chill out, ideally in a cool, air conditioned room – sweating not obligatory.
But as One Hot Yoga and Pilates’ Janet Yockers explains, hot yoga, or Bikram – which began because of the hot local weather of yoga’s native India – is far more beneficial for our bodily our bodies than we realise, so give it a go in celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21 as we speak.
“As humans, we naturally gravitate towards the heat – this is why we go on tropical vacations!” Yockers tells Vogue.
“The heat elicits a neuro muscular relaxant which means it’s soothing and helps you safely deepen in certain yoga postures, increasing flexibility. The nature of hot yoga is that you heavily sweat, which detoxifies the body leaving you refreshed and glowing.”
Classes at One Hot Yoga’s Potts Point studio vary from 27 levels celsius to 37 levels, with the cooler temperature permitting a quicker class.
“The practice itself is a bit faster and more dynamic as we move one breath to one movement. The 27 degree room also allows for practicing more arm balances and inversions without slipping around on your mat too much.”
As for these frightened of the excessive temperatures, skeptics ought to think of the exercise as a exercise somewhat than conventional meditative state yoga is often related to.
“Hot Yoga allows the body to heat up more quickly, encourages a higher level of physical exertion and leads to a sweaty workout which is both rewarding and detoxifying.”
Although Yockers doesn’t advocate making an attempt hot yoga at residence, because of the difficultly in simulating warmth, she does level to Youtube for a yoga novice itching to get a style.
“We highly recommend finding a local studio to receive the full benefits of hot yoga… Yoga has the transformative power of seeing your life more clearly and accurately.”