December 17 , 2015 / 4 minutes, 47 seconds

HOT Yoga – From the Inside Out!

Author: Annette K. Scott

We’ve focused on creating a Goldilocks space where the external elements of the studio space are “just right”. In fact, we want the public space of the studio to be transparent to and harmonious with your personal experience. When you’re on your mat, you should find it easy to tune in to the feeling body, drop out of the critical mind and dive deep into the inner realm, leaving behind the superficialities of your day.

As a practice, yoga is guided by the parameters of the yamas (attitudes or behaviors regarding relationships between the individual and the outside world) and niyamas (attitudes we adopt toward ourselves).

One attitude or practice within the niyamas that many of us can actually come to enjoy engaging in is the practice of tapas…and we’re not talking about small plates in restaurants here.

In Sanskrit one definition for tapas is heat, or inner fire. Literally it means heating the body and by doing so, cleansing it. The idea being that we burn away the “rubbish or toxins” of the physical body, detoxify the heart and mind so as to clear the way for the divine impulse to life to shine through, unimpeded.

heart of fire innerlijk-vuur

So for those of you that like getting the jumpstart on this inner fire we have chosen a sophisticated infrared heating and ventilation system for our large practice room. While generating serious, deep heat it simultaneously minimizes distraction, noise, increases muscle flexibility, blood circulation, and detoxification.

In case you are not familiar with infrared heat, it converts light directly to heat, warming nearby objects without raising the air temperature. This allows a student in an infrared class to absorb heat while the surrounding air does not. This type of heat is most like natural sunlight. Since the air itself does not get hot with infrared heat, it is suitable and tolerable for most students – especially those with respiratory issues who find it uncomfortable or even risky to participate in a heated yoga class. Additionally, the infrared system does not recirculate air, so it reduces the circulation of dirty air and bacteria and is virtually silent.

hot yoga steamy glass

As you walk into our hot practice room you will feel a gentle heat that will increase as you move through the class. The skin will absorb the infrared heat, causing the molecules of your tissue to vibrate and to expel toxins, fat and impurities from cells and out into your blood stream.

Once in your bloodstream, these can be released from your body in the form of sweat. The result is an incredible cleansing effect at a deep cellular level. This is the same type of heat hospitals use to keep premature babies warm – we just kicked it up a few notches for the detoxifying effect.

sweaty-back in yoga pose

Yoga in our infrared practice room will give you more than just an amazing workout. There are numerous added health benefits that come along with practicing at our infrared heated studio:

• Detoxification of the body
• Increased circulation
• Strengthening of the cardiovascular system
• Improved skin appearance
• Enhanced collagen production
• Strengthening of the immune system
• Reduction of joint pain
• Reduction of cellulite

Again, we’ve attended to the details of the space so you don’t have to…in turn, that makes it possible for us to give you a world-class positive personal experience.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat…Peace and strength of heart to you.


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