works every organ, gland, nerve, tendon, ligament and muscle in the whole body every session
expands your lung capacity and allows you to breathe more deeply and fully
helps to prevent injuries by building structural and muscular strength
promotes better sleep
incredible body toning and strengthening
helps aid weight loss
improves posture and body awareness
improves healing and the regenerative powers of your body
improves the immune system
lengthens and strengthens the muscles
improves your overall flexibility
improves circulation, metabolism and digestion
helps prevent osteoporosis
provides you with an intense cardio workout without the wear and tear on the joints
strengthens the heart and lungs
improves “bad backs” and helps with alignment
develops great flexibility of the spine
gives a sense of well-being and a more peaceful mind
builds mental strength, clarity and focus
improves balance and co-ordination
detoxes the entire body
helps with anxiety and depression
helps manage stress
rejuvenates and energizes the body
What happens to my body during Yoga?
Muscles are contracted and stretched at a cellular, biochemical level. Lipids and proteins reorganize optimally in such stretching, allowing for better circulation. Joint mobility and range of motion is increase, and strength is built by the use of gravity. Muscles and joints are balanced.Blood and calcium are brought to the bones, lymph is pumped throughout the body, and white blood cells are distributed throughout the body as the lymphatic system works more efficiently.
There is compression and extension to the thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines; lungs are stretched and flushed out by increased blood circulation. The endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones, and the communication between hormones and various glands and systems of the body is perfected. Toxins and wast are eliminated through the organs of elimination. The nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, improving communication within the systems of the body and supplying fresh blood oxygen and nutrients throughout. The brain is stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I am scared it will be too hot. I don’t like the heat. Will it be too hot for me? Yes, the yoga is done in a “warm” room, about 29 C, and yes it is warmer than your average room, however once you get accustomed to the heat, you won’t want it any other way! The heat is important to warm the muscles, increase the elasticity in the muscles and to prevent injuries. It also warms you to the core on those cold, blustery winter days! Come and try it, you can work at your own pace and see how you do! You will be amazed how you forget about the heat when you are practicing your yoga.
2. I’m not flexible at all, so I can’t do yoga can I? To quote a famous yogi, “you don’t go to a gas station when your gas tank is full, you go when it is empty”. The same goes for yoga, you go to GAIN flexibility, so those who aren’t flexible need warm yoga the most! Everyone can do this yoga, of all ages and flexibility levels, as we focus on yoga PRACTICE not yoga PERFECT!
3. Should I eat before a warm yoga class? Try to avoid a heavy meal as it can weigh you down and may cause discomfort during the class. An empty stomach is ideal, but if you are sensitive to blood sugar crashes during exercise, just have something light ½ hr to 1 hr before the class.
4. What do I bring? What do I wear? Bring a yoga mat (if you have one), if you don’t you can rent one from us for $1. Tank tops are easier than t-shirts to do yoga in, but wear what you are comfortable in. Try not to wear anything too loose or heavy, unless you are coming to restorative and then dress cozy and have layers available if needed. :)
5. How often should I come? You should come as often as you can! The more you practice the yoga, the more results you will see! Warm yoga is cumulative! You continue to work on what you have already achieved and continue to progress from there! I recommend between 2 and 3 classes per week to begin with, but if you are just incorporating some flexibility with your other workouts, once/week is fine.
6. What if I’m pregnant, or have an injury or illness? I prefer you to contact your doctor before participating in class. It usually isn’t a problem, and there are many doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors who are recommending warm yoga for treatment! If you are pregnant, make sure to check with your doctor that it is ok to workout in a 29C degree room, remember that we have plenty of regular temp classes that will be amazing for you!
"Don’t let excuses get in the way of you trying out these amazing yoga classes! You will be hooked after your first class as you realize the amazing workout and results that you will get with continued yoga practice! I hope to see you soon!" ~Carmen