Five Things We Love About Hot Yoga Classes

The heat

Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? In your first few classes, the heat may not seem like the blessing it is. Before long, you’ll find yourself loving the heat and enjoying (perhaps even craving) its effects on the body.

Learning control

All forms of yoga emphasise mind and body working smoothly together. Hot Yoga is self-paced, so we are always in control, learning to sense when we can push and when we should rest. As you maintain the hold in a challenging position you never imagined you’d do, you’ll feel how much stronger and better balanced your body has become.

The energy

In our demanding world where energy is a precious resource, it’s good to be able to recharge. The less we do, the less we feel like doing. It’s so easy to fall into bad habits with the best intentions. Exercise turns this negative cycle on its head because the more energy we expend through exercise, the more our bodies can do over time.

Camaraderie

Many people think of yoga as a solitary, serious exercise, but in a class, it’s far from that. An inspirational teacher passes her energy and enthusiasm on to students, and in turn, they help boost each other.

The afterglow

After a good hot yoga session, you’ll feel the same buzz of collective achievement you experience with team sports. Ever watched the winning football team at the end of the Champions League final jumping up and down together holding the cup? Expect that kind of feeling – not so intense, of course, but every time – you’re never on the losing team with yoga.

Energy Within, Energy Without

Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without.”
Ymber Delecto

At first reading, parts of this favourite quote seem paradoxical. When you have a busy life, it may seem difficult to take time out, even for an activity you really love, such as yoga. Investing time in your physical and mental health pays dividends in the long run. A hot yoga session will reinvigorate mind, body and soul, allowing you to get back to your day with renewed spirit.

Often we see people coming to class on their way home from work or after a busy day with their energy depleted, mentally balancing a list of jobs still to be done. It gives us a real buzz to see the same people leaving our studio after their session with happy faces and a new-found energy.

Like pressing a reset button, we firmly believe that yoga really can help give the people who take time out to practice it more zest for life. Their yoga mat becomes a sanctuary: a space where they can abandon the pressures of everyday life and concentrate on the here and now.