The Science behind Hot Yoga

From the Mayan temascal to the Turkish bath to the Finnish sauna, sweating for health and transformation is something common to almost every culture on earth. But some people scare away from Hot yoga, but here are some very scientific results from infrared sauna’s (which Anahata uses to heat the hot room) and the practice of hot yoga that might make you reconsider….. We know that being exposed to high temperatures increases your circulation and has a relaxing effect on your muscles. Hot yoga is awesome for the same reason hot tubs are awesome. They both make you feel great. There are some less understood processes at work in hot yoga that are subject to ongoing research. We know there is a natural antibiotic released in your sweat called Dermcidin. Dermcidin is currently being studied as a treatment for powerful superbugs like tuberculosis and MRSA.   Dermcidin is most effective when sweat does not evaporate quickly and is allowed to pool on the surface of the skin. We also know that being exposed to heat increases the flow of lymph fluid in the body.  The increased flow of lymph fluid assists the immune system and helps the body to repair and heal.  Clients who practice hot yoga and even yoga in general have less colds, flues, than the other people who do not practice yoga. Perhaps the most interesting developments in hot yoga science involve something called hyperthermic conditioning—or exercising in the heat. Research into hyperthermic conditioning is moving forward along with the work of Dr. Rhonda Patrick, a biomedical researcher. Acclimatizing to heat through the use of hot rooms...
Reflections

Reflections

This year, big sweeping changes came through……We changed how we worked, where we worked, and how long we worked.  We changed how we got our exercise…..some of us were outside more than ever, and some of us hunkered down  with our laptops and exercised at home or with family.  We also changed in other ways…..how we worshiped, cooked, and ran our household, and maintained relationships. For certain, all of us did change.  Now as we approach a new beginning, we need to sit back and reflect what changes really worked, and what changes didn’t. For me, this year has highlighted many ways in my life I can do better, or things I would like to drop out of my life, and other things I would like to add back in. For me, I like the motivation and the “we got this” attitude of group exercise classes.    I also need the interaction that the studio provides, seeing you face to face.   That is not to say I haven’t enjoyed my yoga practice doing live streaming.  One of our teachers admitted that during this pandemic she has done yoga most days, and it is a God send for her anxiety, and has helped her so much to feel in control.  At times, at home I’m challenged (which I like, and need), so I will continue to practice watching my video’s on demand, which I already did before the pandemic.  It brings in a fresh variety in my yoga practice that my body craves. During the pandemic, I have had to work more on my computer solving technical issues, and...
Living the Dream

Living the Dream

Often, we look at other people’s lives, and think, “wow, they are really living the dream, I wish I could be in their shoes”.  But we are not seeing the whole picture….We don’t know what sacrifices they have had to make, what mistakes have happened to make them wiser, or even what they knew before they got started.  Often we trade off some things we really want, for other things we have to do.  Lets look at my job, studio owner. I love teaching yoga.  I love to bring people joy,  and to help them release tension.  I didn’t know this about myself, until I took Yoga teacher training.  Most of the time, I simply feel so much love and gratitude, for guiding you, it does not feel like a “job”.  Clients thank me, but it is I who feel thankful that you came.  Before I taught yoga, I owned another company, and sold wool to shops.  Owning that business helped me to run my current business, that is, to keep expenses lower than income coming in, run a tight ship, and so forth.  Since I was a sole business owner, I did not have experience with others working for me, and that is something that I’ve had to navigate…sometimes well, sometimes not so well.  I’ve also spent a great deal of time studying yoga, alignment, the breath, meditation, and philosophy behind yoga.  I live and breath it.  But as wonderful as it is, it’s also (at times) super stressful.  When you have more bills, than income, that is stressful, so I made many sacrifices in the beginning, teaching...
The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

Perhaps the greatest gift of yoga is the very end of class, Savasana, or corpse pose.  Savasana means the death of the practice.  You lie completely still and start the process of meditation, or quieting the mind.  When I first started yoga, it was difficult for me to lie still.  After a couple of minutes, my body would cry out to itch,  move, or change positions.  It took a little yoga, but finally,  you start to appreciate doing nothing.  After all, our society says we must be doing something all the time, keep our commitments up, schedule workouts;  we’re really not taught how to be still. In fact, a growing trend in America is to skip Savasana all together.  This goes completely against most of what yoga seeks to do, unite the body and mind through movement, breath and awareness.  Some incredible benefits of Savasana include:  (view the whole article here) Relaxing the physical body in Savasana has numerous benefits, including: Lowered blood pressure Decreased heart rate Decreased metabolic rate Decreased muscle tension These things, in turn, create long-term benefits like: Fewer headaches Less fatigue and higher quality sleep Fewer anxiety and panic attacks Better digestion Increased overall energy levels Improved concentration and memory However, I would like to add my own spin to the benefits of Savasana….Complaining.  Every time we complain, grump, argue, or are just simply unhappy we forget that life is a beautiful gift.  I think most of us would pick life, even on our worse day ever over death.  My teacher says Savasana is like dying a little everyday.   We can appreciate our life...

Be Open

Our experiences, thoughts, ideas tend to narrow as we get older…..Let me explain….. Our thoughts: you know, I can’t hang upside down, I get vertigo very easily.  (I healed my vertigo with aerial, and you can too) that hot yoga is only for young people, I can’t stand to sweat.  (sweating is very good for the body, so is yoga, it’s a win-win!) Last time I went running, I had knee pain for a week…..(a regular yoga practice HEALS & PREVENTS pain from coming in) since COVID I’m scared to leave the house.  (we can’t hole up forever….we can and will stop this spread, by safe practices, it’s all starts with you) I can’t possibly give a speech, I don’t like the way I sound  (yoga helps kill these thoughts that LIMIT us, and unites our body with our mind) I can’t do all this technical stuff, it’s too complicated.  (I’m here to help you ……it’s wonderful to practice when, where you can with video on demand) Someone asked me soon after becoming a yoga teacher why I practiced yoga.  Without thinking much, I answered to be free of death.  I have always been scared of my loved one’s dying.  Recently, I’ve changed my answer.  I practice yoga because I want to LIVE.  I want to ride that roll a coaster, and not worry about breaking something….I want to run, and not worry about what might happen afterwards.  In short, I want to LIVE.  I want to Love my family while they are still here.  I want nothing left on the table when my time comes. We are here...
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