What is Hot Yoga?
Hot Yoga is a sequence of yoga postures performed in a heated environment. The increased temperature in the room allows an increase in stretching and flexibility and helps to prevent injury. The hot temperature combined with the yoga poses means that you will sweat a lot and burn calories. Your body will experience a huge detoxification as well. Drinking plenty of fluid before, during and after class is necessary.
What are the benefits of Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga can help to improve flexibility, suppleness and strength. Hot Yoga can also help with the ability to deal with stress and to increase relaxation. Hot yoga can be a very effective way of losing weight and toning up. The body can experience complete energy alignment (Chakra balancing) when performed on regular basis and with proper posture (asana) alignment.
At what temperature is Hot Yoga performed?
At Blissful Spirits, Hot Yoga is performed at a temperature of about 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% to 60% humidity. In Warm and Gentle yoga classes, the temperature is lowered to about 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
How many calories does Hot Yoga burn?
A typical 90 minute session of hot yoga will burn about 500 to 1000 calories, depending on a number of factors, such as your weight, your sex and how strenuously you participate.
What do I need to bring to a Hot Yoga class?
You may bring a towel, water to drink, and a mat (or you can use ours). Wear very lightweight exercise clothing and bring a change of clothes for after class. You can count on getting sweaty.
Can I eat before a Hot Yoga class?
No! Don't eat anything for at least 2 hours before your class - ideally eat nothing 3 hours before your class.
Can I drink before a Hot Yoga class?
Yes! Drink plenty of water before, during and after the class. Some students add electrolytes to water. You sweat out toxic chemicals from your body but also may sweat out important trace minerals. The electrolytes are essential trace vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at optimal levels.
What are other names for Hot Yoga?
Hot Yoga is a form of hatha yoga. Although popularized by Bikram, Blissful Spirits has no affiliation with Bikram Yoga. All staff are trained in the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga. For further description on the Barkan Method click here.
What is the difference between Vinyasa and Hot Yoga?
While Hot Yoga offers basic postures to prepare your body, mind and soul for stillness of meditation, Vinyasa is a flow (continuous movement) of Hot Yoga.
The Vinyasa series incorporates the Hot Yoga Yoga postures but with fluid movement and music. Some call Vinyasa “Hot Yoga on Crack.” Be prepared for an upper body work out in the Vinyasa flow.
ALWAYS remembers all postures are optional at our studio. You are never expected to do anything that you are not comfortable with. BE YOURSELF!
What if I have no experience in Yoga or I have an injury?
Perfect. Hot Yoga is a great match for you AND everyone has to start somewhere! 90% of Hot Yoga students have no prior experience. Hot Yoga Asasa’s have been created for the beginner and the average person. You don’t really think everyone in America is naturally flexible do you?
PROVEN FACT - The only way to get better at anything is do it over and over again.
Persons with sickness or injuries are welcome too. This is a great chance to get to know your body and reflect on what is out of balance. That “out of balance” part of you has a huge contributing factor as to why you became injured in the first place
How many times a week should I practice Hot Yoga?
Honestly? Practice as much as you want. Most students use the first month special to practice 5 to 6 times a week. They then monitor and balance their practice and health progress. Practicing Hot Yoga 3 to 5 times a week is the most beneficial.
Can I take class more than once a day?
Yes indeed you can! Most Hot Yoga studios put out challenges to the students. Some challenges consist of practicing everyday for 30 days while other challenges consist of taking class for 5 days a week for 90 days in a row. Some students do double classes in one day.
WARNING to all addictive personalities **** this can become the healthiest addiction you have ever found
Can I still work out while practicing Hot Yoga?
Totally a yes to that! Hot Yoga will benefit your life in all areas and give you more energy!
Why is Yoga called a Practice?
Because you already are perfect in this NOW! Yoga is a very ancient spiritual practice and can transform your entire life if you are open to it. The practice of Yoga is a different experience every day. By not taking yourself seriously, it will free you of the Ego mind (not to mention advance your practice at a rapid pace).
DID YOU KNOW that back in the day Doctors would prescribe Yoga to patients to assist in healing. No pills just Yoga. Being a student of Yoga is a practice and not a perfection or competition. We ask you kindly to leave your EGO at the door
I thought Yoga was about Meditation?
It is, HOWEVER, Hot Yoga is the physical form of Yoga. Raja Yoga is meditation (mental) aspects of Yoga. All physical forms of Yoga are Hatha Yoga. The practice of Hatha Yoga prepares students for Meditation. It heals the body of pain and stills the mind of chatter.
What if I have to leave during class?
Let the teacher know. We often get nervous that we have scared you off when you run out of the room. It is more respectful to your environment and fellow students to communicate and it's all good.
Remember the 5 P's. There are 5 human natural body functions that start with P. The five P's are the only reason most people leave class to go to the restroom. Can you guess what the 5 P's are? Ask the staff if you cannot figure it out.
You will not need a hall pass.
What is the difference between Hot Yoga and other styles of Yoga?
Not much really. The obvious factor is our room is heated. We have 2 sets of most postures (asanas). Since Yoga offers over 80 million postures other styles may teach you different postures and hold the posture for longer sets. In Hot Yoga the first set can be viewed as a warm up. During the second set the body is ready to experience a deeper opening. By the way.... Great questions and Namaste!
What does Namaste mean?
Namaste means “The light in me honors the light in you,” OR “treat others the way you would like to be treated,” OR Love thy neighbor