Reasons to Take Yoga Classes in the Summer
In Dallas, the average temperature in July hovers at 96 degrees. This is the average temperature which doesn’t quite capture those piping 100-degree days with Texas-grade sunshine beaming down on you.
So, we realize it might sound crazy to suggest taking hot yoga classes in a room set to 105 degrees and 60 percent humidity. It might even seem too much to take a heated vinyasa class when you have a Dallas summer waiting for you outside the yoga studio doors.
Even if it seems strange, there are actually distinct health benefits to practicing yoga during the hot summer months. Before you write off yoga as a winter fitness routine, check out these compelling reasons to practice yoga all year round.
To make yoga a part of your routine this summer, try $30 For 30 Days of unlimited yoga at Yoga Pod in downtown Dallas.
Deepening Your Practice
When our bodies are used to hot days, it is much easier for them to acclimate to a heated yoga studio. Although it never gets too frigid in Dallas, there’s an advantage to taking yoga classes when the outside temperature is close to the yoga studio temperature. For one, your body doesn’t waste time adjusting to the heat. It doesn’t waste as much energy regulating your temperature and preparing for the shock of a hot room. It’s already used to it.
This means that you can get much deeper in your yoga practice. When you exert less energy warming up, your body has more stamina for flowing and peak postures. Your connective tissue (or fascia) is also already more pliable, so you can more safely stretch and twist.
Conditioning Your Body
As you exercise in a heated yoga studio — whether it’s during a podFLOW, podHOT, or podBARRE class — you prepare yourself for life in a hot climate. Now, instead of just managing the heat, your body learns to thrive in hotter temperatures. You can better maintain your breath, focus, and energy outside when you practice inside as well.
Detoxifying Your System
If the summer season is known for anything, it might be “indulgence.” It’s the season of Memorial Day weekend barbecues, Fourth of July festivities, pool parties, outdoor concerts, and weddings. While this might be great for your social life, we all know that these events aren’t the best for our bodies.
It’s more important than ever in the summer to twist, decompress, and invert. Our bodies will thank us especially after a long summer weekend!
Twisting in particular is one of the most beneficial movements for detoxification. When we twist our bodies, we essentially rinse out our internal organs by cutting off blood flow and then sending freshly oxygenated blood back throughout our bodies. This process (and sweating) allows our bodies to eliminate toxins and optimize our systems.
Making Summer Yoga Classes a Reality
We know it’s easier said than done to get yourself to the yoga studio during the summer. There are events, outdoor activities, and summer vacations standing in the way of routine.
Consider these tips from Yoga Pod Dallas to get you to your mat this summer:
- Take classes in the morning or evening when it’s cooler. We offer classes as early at 6 AM and as late as 8 PM. Check out our schedule to see which class times work best for you.
- Set a goal to take 10 or 20 classes per month to hold yourself accountable!
- Find a friend with whom you can take yoga classes, so you have a buddy and a built-in reminder to get to your mat.
If you’re new to yoga or Yoga Pod Dallas, sign up for $30 For 30 Days to get a feel for our yoga studio this summer! We’re right in the heart of downtown Dallas, and we can’t wait to see you in the studio!