What To Expect After A Hot Yoga Session

You will notice quite a few things after your first few hot yoga classes, apart from feeling the glow of exercise.

Your heart rate will be higher than normal. Around 72 beats per minute is normal for most folk but, during a hot yoga session, this will climb to about 150 beats per minute to put you in that fat burning zone we mentioned in an earlier post. Your heart is a special type of muscle and, like all muscles, when you exercise them, they grow stronger and more efficient. This is exactly what will happen to your heart.

Straight after class your blood pressure might be slightly elevated. Your muscles have needed more oxygen to work and this has caused an increased blood supply to travel through your arteries and veins. The smooth muscle fibres of the blood vessels walls will have worked hard to ensure you have all the oxygen you need. Again this is a good thing – if you keep coming regularly, you might experience an overall reduction in your blood pressure as your body adapts and grows stronger.

You will feel more flexible. Your tendons and ligaments will have become pliable in the gorgeous heat of our studio and this will increase the range of movement you can get at your joints. Over time, as your muscles strengthen, this is going to really help your health and well-being.

You will notice your posture improve. Our members who have joint problems have reported a reduction in pain and the amount of medication they need and you may find you start to experience the same thing.

Your muscles will be more pliable too. If you’ve not exercised for a while your muscles might feel different as there will be some tiny tears in the muscle fibres. While this might sound shocking, it’s nothing to worry about: this is nature’s way of helping the muscles grow stronger. An increase in lean muscle mass gives lots of important health benefits.

Keep coming to classes and in a few weeks’ time you will most likely notice that clothes fit better as you lose inches. People will start to comment on how well you look. Psychologically this gives most people a lift in mood and a boost in confidence as well as in energy levels.

Most importantly of all, you’ll start to understand why we love hot yoga so much. Find a studio and give it a try – your body will thank you for it!

As always, please consult your doctor before making changes to your lifestyle such as embarking on a new exercise programme.

Yoga for Cyclists

If you love cycling, you’ll be familiar with the feel-good factor exercise creates: hot yoga takes this to another level.

Cyclists use some muscles much more than others. Ideally, the ones used most become extremely strong and efficient. Our bodies have an amazing ability to adapt to the demands placed on them by training, but cycling for long periods can put our bodies at risk. Core muscles aren’t engaged equally well on long rides when we spend hours in the saddle, hunched over handlebars in an unnatural position. Hamstrings become tight. Hip flexors and glutes don’t fire as efficiently. These can all generate problems with our posture, leaving us prone to injury.

That’s why most cyclists will benefit from the corrective powers of yoga sessions. Hot yoga does not only help with injury prevention but has other important benefits too.

Whatever your distance or training goal, you’ll achieve it so much more quickly if you invest part of your training time in yoga. Imagine how much more efficiently you will be able to cycle with a strong core, flexible spine, with your muscles perfectly balanced and firing effectively. Yoga can help you become much more aerodynamic on the bike. You’ll transfer power more efficiently from your legs to the pedals, control your breathing and maximise your heart rate. Last but not least, a calm, focused mind is much better placed to make the fast paced decisions needed on our roads to stay safe.

In our studio, we enjoy working with a great mix of people. Our style challenges you to achieve your best, whatever your level of fitness. Where else will you find endurance athletes, cyclists and triathletes training for performance alongside beginners? The great thing about hot yoga is that each person will be able to find what they are looking for by adapting the movements to suit their needs.

So whatever your aims, whether that’s being first in your age category at a national sprint triathalon, cycling for charity in the Manchester sunshine with Cycling for The Christie, or just getting to and from your destination, please consider adding yoga in to your fitness routine.

To find out more, visit our home page or feel free to get in touch if you have any specific questions.

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Yoga for Men

You can be forgiven for thinking yoga is the domain of ladies wanting to have a gentle stretch and relax (until you’ve been to one of our Hot Yoga classes, that is!). That’s one of many myths surrounding yoga.

Yoga is just as life enhancing and effective for men.

Ryan Giggs OBE, the Welsh national football coach and former player, believes that participating in yoga extended his playing career by ten years. Setting any sporting allegiances aside for a moment, Giggs must surely have been doing something right to have become the most decorated player in (British) football history.

He first took to yoga after the bitter disappointment of missing a key Champions League game with a hamstring injury. He was determined to find a solution to his injury woes as he didn’t want to miss a single match, even switching his car to an automatic transmission to spare those well-insured legs unnecessary work.

His solution? Sports Yoga. After just a few sessions, Giggs became a convert and passionate advocate for the practice, even convincing Manchester United to hire their own yoga coach.

Yoga helped him and other players stay injury free and, just as importantly, to recover after big matches that were physically and emotionally demanding. Yoga’s concept of mind, body and soul working in harmony helped Giggs deal with the pressures of playing at the highest level in his sport for one of the world’s biggest clubs under intense media scrutiny.

If you’d like to research more, take a look at this FT feature about Ryan Giggs and his love of yoga.

Whatever the views of a sporting legend like Giggsy, we believe the only way to learn whether a sports activity suits your lifestyle is to try it out for yourself. Why not take the first step by researching local studios to find out if yoga can help support you on your fitness journey? We suggest trying a few studios as styles of yoga vary so much.

Our yoga style is very much inspired by strength and conditioning. It will help balance your sports to keep you in great shape. Everyone is guaranteed a warm welcome – yoga doesn’t discriminate on grounds of age, gender, fitness or anything else.

Who knows, it may extend your playing career by ten years too!