The benefits of hot yoga (and all styles of yoga) border on limitless. Speak to any regular student and they’ll tell you that yoga helps them to:
• lose weight
• improve immunity
• increase cardiovascular fitness
• feel more energised
But wait, there’s more! Engage in practice and you can expect benefits such as those reported by our regulars:
• emotional and physical healing following medical treatments
• improved relationships with loved ones
• increased ability to focus
• improved sex life
• increased performance in other sports (including above)
Do you ever notice how much you can de-stress just by taking one big breath in and letting a sigh come out. Just imagine 60 plus minutes of deep, conscious breathing.
The heat in our hot yoga class relaxes the joints – much like a full body heating pad or hot water bottle (hi nanna!). Hot yoga focuses on opening the hips where knee and back pain often originate.
Many postures in our hot yoga sequences relieve tension and tightness in the neck and shoulder area. As this area relaxes, blood flow increases and headaches often decrease or go away entirely.
Instead of watching late night informercials, get into the studio and benefit from postures that focus on increasing blood flow through the pineal gland where melatonin, the hormone released to induce deep sleep, is released.
Depression & Anxiety
Feeling blue? In addition to melatonin, the pineal gland also controls the release of serotonin, the “good mood” hormone. As certain postures flush the pineal gland with oxygenated blood its function improves and emotional highs and low begin to even out.
The work on stretching and strengthening the spine has a dramatic effect on those working with a spinal curvature. pain is eased and the strength in the internal muscle structure of the back starts to allow for great ease in movement and better posture.
With regular practice, many students find that they don’t crave junk food as much. This inclination towards a healthier diet, coupled with calming the nervous system, helps with long-term digestive issues.
The ‘hot’ element of the hot yoga class is what has the most dramatic affect on arthritis sufferers.
With regular yoga classes, the spine gets stronger and students notice that it is actually more comfortable to sit and stand straight.
Relaxing the central nervous system by focusing on breath increases a process called peristalsis. Peristalsis moves processed food through the digestive system and out of the body. Certain postures increase blood flow to the colon, further aiding the digestive process.