Are You Ready for Some Hot Yoga?
What is Heated Vinyasa Yoga?
Heated Vinyasa yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to approximately 78 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the studio. You can expect a flowing class that contains music and a variety of different poses that range from novice level to advanced. Traditional hot yoga is generally done in warmer environs up to 105 degrees.
The postures require lengthy, forceful and sustained contractions of all major muscle groups. The demanding nature of the poses and the heat are designed to raise your heart rate and exercise your muscles.
One physical benefit experts tend to agree on is that hot yoga may be better at increasing flexibility than regular yoga.
Generally, Vinyasa is used as a noun to describe the sequence of poses that are performed between Adho Mukha Svanasanas (downward facing dog) as part of a Surya Namaskara (sun salutation) sequence; however, this is more correctly termed “half vinyasa,” since vinyasa returns to complete standing asana, or positions.
Some of the most common definitions for Vinyasa include (but are not limited to) “linking breath with movement.”
Finally, most, if not all, Vinyasa classes contain some variation of a sun salutation (Surya Namaskar), whether it’s simply for warming up in the beginning or flowing from one pose to another.
You can expect a flowing class that contains Pranayama (breathing techniques), sometimes music and a variety of different poses that range from novice level to advanced. All Vinyasa classes vary in intensity and pace, but, overall, when practicing Vinyasa yoga, movement and breath should always be simultaneous.
How to Prepare for Vinyasa Yoga
The key to enjoying heated yoga is to go in prepared. You have to be aware of your own health.
It’s very beneficial to be familiar with basic yoga.
It’s important to be well-hydrated before taking a heated yoga class, and recommends drinking “litres and litres of water throughout the day” in anticipation.
Before a class, try not to eat too much. And be sure to replenish lost minerals and electrolytes with a fortified drink afterward, such as Gatorade, Emergen-C or coconut water. Experts stress that because yoga isn’t competitive, everyone should take a class at their own pace. If you feel at all uncomfortable – take a break.
There’s no ego in yoga, so just do that of what you’re capable.
People should bring their water, wear lighter weight clothing, maybe a towel for their mat (or purchase a hot yoga towel at the studio!), and a sweat towel if you sweat like a piggy. No additional cost if you are a member. $13 per class or $10 if you purchase a punch card.