Imagine a tranquil setting. You begin to relax and allow your breathing to even out through a series of long deepening breaths and you begin to stretch your arms and legs. It’s a yoga class and the instructor guides you through the stretching and breathing. All that’s missing is a warm environment to heighten the benefits that yoga provides.
Welcome to Kelowna Hot Yoga.
If you are a beginner or seasoned yoga practitioner, adding a temperature controlled environment somewhere between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit will enhance all the benefits you’ve come to expect from yoga. It allows muscles and joints to loosen more quickly, increases the blood flow as you move through a series of poses, and it makes you sweat – a lot.
To prepare for a hot yoga session, it is best not to eat anything starting two hours before the class, be sure to drink plenty of water beforehand so you are properly hydrated before and bring your own yoga mat since you will sweat – a lot.
It is the perspiration that will assist in detoxification of the contaminants the body acquires in everyday life. From toxic fumes, to the foods we eat; to even the hair and body products we wear, all contain some level of toxins. The cycle of perspiration and re-hydration allows the organs of the body to speed the elimination of toxins and it is not really the sweat itself that eliminates them. Therefore, just like preparing for your class, after the class be sure to drink water to re-hydrate.
Unlike regular room temperature classes, you need to pay a little extra attention to your workout attire. Remembering how much you’re going to sweat (a lot). You may be inclined to wear as little as possible. Not such a good idea since sweat makes for slippery skin which makes some yoga poses much more difficult. Women are smart to wear Capri length pants with somewhat tight fitting tops. Cotton tee shirts are not advised as they absorb moisture and can get heavy. For both men and women compression shorts and tops are recommended for the elasticity and muscle stabilization they provide during the yoga session.
Hot yoga is not recommended for expectant mothers as raising your body temperature is not good for your child.
So, if you are new to yoga and like your early accomplishments and how much better it makes you feel, take the next step and enroll in a hot yoga class.