Why You Should Do PodHOT Classes
Despite the slow pace of the practice, yoga is much more challenging than it looks. Holding a pose, finding your balance, and experiencing a deep stretch can be physically and mentally difficult, yet so worth it. So what happens when you do that in a hot yoga class? Does the temperature of the room in which you’re practicing yoga affect the difficulty and challenge of the poses you’re holding?
The answer is yes.
Doing yoga in heat produces a detoxifying sweat and offers a multitude of health and wellness benefits. In today’s blog post, we’re going to be listing out the benefits that come with doing hot yoga classes. Continue reading to learn more!
What Is Hot Yoga?
Before you try a hot yoga class for yourself, you might be wondering what hot yoga is. It is essentially exactly what it sounds like: yoga done in the heat. Here at Yoga Pod, we offer a hot yoga class called podHOT. In these sessions, you will utilize a set sequence of postures in a room that is set to 105 degrees and 60 percent humidity. In addition to stretching and encouraging flexibility, this class will help you build strength and improve your balance. Sessions are 60 to 75 minutes, and are set to music. If you’re looking for a challenge in your yoga practice and are wanting to sweat, relieve stress, and tone muscles, a podHOT class can provide you with all of that and more.
Doing yoga in the heat is great for your muscles, and especially so if you’re wanting to get an even deeper, more beneficial stretch throughout your body. The warmth and humidity will warm up your muscles, allowing you to move them a little more smoothly. You may find that over time you can hold a pose longer and/or deeper in the heat.
During hot yoga sessions, you will notice that you work up a sweat. Moving through set sequences of already challenging poses and exercises becomes a little more difficult when done in a hot, humid room. The heavy sweating that will undoubtedly occur is good for you. Sweating helps release toxins in your body and in your skin. Even though you may feel moist, you can rest easy knowing that you’re ridding of unwanted toxins that have built up in your system.
Increased Heart Rate
Yoga isn’t a high-impact exercise. Focusing on flexibility, balance, and mindfulness, yoga is known to promote overall wellness and relaxation. However, hot yoga can increase your heart rate, providing a slightly more intense workout. The poses and set sequences you move through during hot yoga classes will boost your heart rate. You’ll be building strength, improving balance and flexibility, and toning muscles while experiencing a full-body workout. Not only that, but your metabolism will also increase. You can actually burn some major calories during a hot yoga session!
Heated yoga promotes relaxation throughout the body. Even though certain poses can be difficult and challenging to do in the warm and humid conditions, the heat can actually be soothing. This, in turn, improves your breathing. When you first step into the heated studio classroom, you may feel a little constricted at first. But it won’t take long for your body to adjust to the warm temperature. You’ll be breathing more deeply, which benefits your mind and mental concentration. If you are dealing with any type of stress or anxiety, the relaxation that hot yoga provides can come as a relief.
Sign Up For A podHOT Class
If you’re in the Fort Collins area and are looking to join a community-focused yoga studio, Yoga Pod is the place to be. With a selection of versatile yoga classes, you will have no problem finding a session to start your practice as a beginner or to continue reaching new levels.
We offer five different classes for all different levels: podBASICS for beginners to build an initial yoga foundation; podFLOW1 for those who love traditional vinyasa yoga; podFLOW2 for those who crave a challenge in their practice; podFIT to build strength; and podHOT to sweat and detoxify. There is a class for everyone, so come on in experience Yoga Pod yourself. Sign up for $30 For 30 Days! We’ll see you in the studio.