HOT YOGA BENEFITS
Curious to know what all the rage is about hot yoga? With our Oconomowoc yoga classes, not only do you get a killer workout but you’ll feel more relaxed and stress-free too! Now that’s a win!
WHAT IS HOT YOGA?
Simple! Hot yoga is just like normal yoga, but with you in it. Just kidding. But, it is just like regular yoga, just in a warmer room. We offer a variety of Oconomowoc yoga classes including Basics, Classic, Flow and Power. Depending on the class, the room is heated anywhere between 85 to 105 degrees. The heat of the room helps prepare the body for movement and makes for a sweaty workout.
Although hot yoga offers many of the same benefits of traditional yoga such as stress reduction, improved strength and flexibility, it is more than just a few minutes of deep stretching. Not only does the heated room make the class more challenging, but hot yoga has been shown to help burn more calories, improve flexibility, build bone density, reduce stress, ease depression, provide a cardiovascular boost, reduce blood glucose levels and nourish the skin.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOT YOGA?
Burns Major Calories:
Any physical activity, from walking to weightlifting will help you burn calories. The hot room helps your heart rate increase, leading to more calories burned. Our Flow and Power classes kick up the pace another notch for maximum calories burned.
Helps with Healthy Weight Loss:
Hot yoga produces an aerobic effect that burns calories. Because one good thing leads to another, many people who exercise intuitively begin to eat more nutrient dense food and eat more mindfully to complement their exercise routine.
Engaging your muscles such as your abdominals, legs, glutes and arms while holding challenging poses helps to build and strengthen these muscles.
Hot yoga helps you focus on your breath and makes sure that you are breathing deeply and consistently throughout the class. Deep breathing is a key to relaxation and aids in stress relief.
Hot yoga is incredibly low impact, especially when compared to more strenuous activities such as running or weightlifting. With hot yoga, you reap the benefits of a traditional workout, without the additional strain on your body.
Creates Clearer Skin:
Adding heat to your workout increases circulation and gives you a natural glow, much like a sauna room at the spa. The steam can help open your pores and cleanse your skin.
Increases Overall Fitness Level:
Practicing Oconomowoc yoga on a regular basis can help improve your range of motion, strength and stability for daily activities such as walking your dog, playing in the yard with your kids, going for a run or working out in the gym.
Studies have shown that those who practice Oconomowoc yoga consistently show a deduction in depression symptoms including stress and emotional eating.
Helps with Sleep:
Adding yoga to your regimen helps decrease levels of anxiety and relax, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Exercising daily also helps you get a more restful sleep, leaving you with more energy in the morning and throughout the day.
All yoga can help improve flexibility, but our hot Oconomowoc yoga elevates this benefit by helping to warm and stretch muscles. This increases your range of motion and helps you stretch deeper in each pose.
Focuses Your Mind:
Hot yoga helps us practice a mindful state where you focus on your breath. This can lead to improved concentration, which helps you stay calm and focused, inside and outside of the studio.
Many yoga poses focus on balance and offer modifications to help you work your way up to improving your balance. When you engage your muscles, especially your core, you learn how to stabilize your body.
The heat helps in hot yoga helps increase your heart rate by providing a more challenging workout and therefore strengthens your heart.
Good for Your Bones:
Supporting your weight while holding a pose during hot yoga can help build bone density. This tends to be especially true in your lower back and hips.
Improves Your Breathing:
In our hot Oconomowoc yoga classes, you focus on having control of your breathing while flowing through the poses. This trains the body to rely on your breath during challenging and endurance activities such as running.
Improves Lung Capacity:
The heat in hot yoga will make your heart pump faster which leads to a better cardio workout than you’d get in a non-heated yoga class. The deep breathing that is practiced in yoga helps you breathe more deeply and increase your lung capacity.
Helps Relieve Back Pain:
When your tissues, muscles and joints are penetrated by heat, they heal and regenerate. This leads to increased joint flexibility and range of motion can help sooth pain, minor injuries and chronic ailments.
Gives You the Buzz of Cardio:
Hot yoga is a great cardiovascular exercise and leaves you with the same “runner’s high” that running does, but more centered and grounded.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT A HOT OCONOMOWOC YOGA CLASS?
Yoga is for EVERY body. You don’t have to be flexible to come to a yoga class. We all start somewhere and being flexible isn’t a prerequisite to doing yoga or coming to a class. There is no such thing as a perfect pose, so listen to your body and do what feels right for you. There’s no judgement at SWEAT SHOP hot yoga! We’re all here to help each other.
Our studio is heated between 85 – 105 degrees, depending on the class.
Bring a plastic or metal water bottle, yoga mat, and towel (to cover your mat). No mat or towel? No problem, we have them available at the studio for rent. If it’s your first time here, they’re on the house.
Wear clothes that you’re comfortable sweating in. Sweat wicking workout clothing that is form-fitting tends to work best. Avoid thick, cotton materials if possible.
Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before and after class.
Arrive 15 minutes early before class begins. This will allow you time to check in, relax or stretch before class.
Leave your shoes at the door! This helps us keep our studio clean and free from dirt.
Try not to eat any big meals two to three hours prior to class, a light snack, fruit or juice is recommended if you are hungry
Once in the studio, place your mat in the same direction as others and lay your long towel down over your mat in a position where you can see yourself in the mirror.
Once class begins, the teacher will verbally guide the class through a series of poses. Teachers oftentimes provide physical demonstrations as a guide to show students the poses.
While it may be challenging, yoga should never hurt. Listen to your body and move at your own pace.
If you need to rest, feel free to sit or lay down. Give yourself time to adjust to the heat and movements.
Enjoy the feeling of rejuvenation that follows a hot yoga class.