Why is everyone doing Hot Yoga?
There is no denying the fact that over the last few years Hot Yoga has become increasingly popular. Gone are the days where Yoga class's seemed to be the 'mature' ladies' hang out. The heat seems to be drawing a whole new crowd into the Yoga studios. So why is Hot Yoga so good for you?
Good for strengthening
Hot Yoga is the perfect practice to bring physical strength into the body. As the body develops more strength, the practice begins to feel easier and your able to develop into most challenging postures that may have seemed unattainable as a beginner. As your physical strength increases, so does your mental ability. We find ourselves more able to cope with the obstacles in our everyday lives.
Yoga postures all focus on stretching and compressing the body, encouraging the flow and good function of the waste removal departments in the body. The fact that the body is being pushed, pulled, and turned in every which way aids the body in the removal of harmful toxins found deep in the body’s tissues, that other forms of exercise simply do not penetrate. Furthermore, while you sweat in practically all forms of vigorous exercise, the heat of a hot yoga studio usually means you will sweat even more. Sweat is just another way that toxins are released from the body’s pores.
One of the best physical effects of practice Hot Yoga is that it improves your flexibility. This not only improves the quality of your day to day life, but also reduces the risk of injury when doing other forms of exercise. So if you find your body constantly feels stiff and inflexible, then Hot Yoga could be your answer!!!
Hot Yoga is often referred to as the exercise for people who don't like going to the gym. Yoga is not often credited for its fat burning qualities...... however in a Hot Yoga studio you can burn up to 1000 kcals in 1 hour.
Learning tools to incorporate breathing and body awareness into scenarios that are mentally or physically demanding will change the outcome of many situations. Letting go of self-medication with food, alcohol, or prescription drugs is difficult. However in minor cases, replacing self-medication with yoga can help. The residual buzz from a yoga practice can deliver some of the happiness people struggle to find.
There are so many poses and ideologies in yoga that make the practice a lifelong journey. There is always another variation to achieve or a style to discover. One of the most gratifying feelings is when accomplishing a posture that seemed so difficult in the past. Noticing changes in the body and advancement in the practice gives a person that confidence they may have been searching for. Whether it is an inversion/arm balance or holding plank pose for an extended period of time, these small achievements ignite a positive sense of self.
Bringing attention to areas of a person’s life that may have gone unnoticed in the past is the first step toward mindfulness. Maybe its deciding to stop wearing high heals, or forgoing the pain medication for small aches and pains, or possibly holding back on negative thinking. Maybe it’s noticing how many chips are consumed in one sitting or how the body is sitting while eating those chips. Shedding light on these little moments that are overlooked so often can change how life is lived in a positive way.
Releasing things that no longer serve or fulfill are some of the first steps toward change. Like-minded individuals, and better decision-making replace toxic relationships, negative friends, and harmful environments.
Life can be very hectic and stressful with to-do lists and priorities. The mind eventually becomes cluttered putting up roadblocks in our path to clarity. The physical yoga practice is helpful with clearing the mind, however the meditative aspects of yoga can change thoughts drastically. A daily meditation practice is known to clear the mind and bring clarity to situations in which we feel limited.
Many of the postures in yoga strengthen the spine and the muscles surrounding the spine. The majority of the work is to maintain a tall spine in each pose. Over time, students will learn techniques on how to carry the body in everyday life. Some yoga poses and classes strengthen the abdominals, which improve the posture.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, however being able to monitor it with breath and introspection can change the outcome of many situations. Stress will begin to subside with the tools discovered in yoga. Hot Yoga isn't just about a physical practice, you get to enjoy a lovely relaxation at the end!!!
“I have found that if you love life, life will love you right back.”- Arthur Rubinstein. Learning to move through life from a place of love is one of the best feelings in the world. Whether it is love for one’s own body, other people, or the love of life in itself, positive outcomes normally result in this way of thinking.
Yoga can turn a person’s world upside-down, literally and figuratively. Diving into a yoga practice in order to gain wisdom, peace, and physical strength is one of life’s best-kept secrets. As time goes on, life will continue to change for the better with the help of a little thing called yoga.