If you've experimented with hot yoga, you may have wondered 'what's with the heat?'
Being a hot yoga studio in Grand Rapids, we have had several people comment about the heat or ask questions regarding it. ---"I feel so good after a hot class and I don't know why!" - No worries, we have the skinny as to why ---- "What are the benefits of adding heat to yoga?" - How much time do you have?
Honestly folks, there are a plethora of super hot benefits to adding heat to a yoga class. We will highlight just a few of the super hot benefits in our super hot new blog.
First things first. We have found our sweet spot for heat ~
At Yoga Fever, we keep our heat at 99 degrees for hot classes and around 85 degrees for warm classes (lunch flow, gentle and community classes). The added temperature helps keep the muscles, the core, spine and joints warm. We feel these are our sweet spots to build internal heat naturally and quickly while also cooling down quickly and easily which helps relieve the body of added stress. Our humidity is set to 45% - 50% (this goes up with more bodies in the room) which encourages healthy perspiration. Our energy recovery ventilation or ERV helps circulate fresh oxygen into the space to keep air flow current and active. No stinky studio here!! All hot studios have a preferred method on heat. This is what we are finding works best for us.
Heat allows you to go deeper into the pose ~
Heat allows you to go deeply and safely into postures. Along with the proper warm up, the muscles heat up rather quickly in a heated space. When the muscles heat up, they release the grip they have on the bone and begin to soften and lengthen with the proper guidance.
Heat increases cardio ~
Heat increases the heart rate which increases your caloric burn and your metabolism ( the balance and harmonious breakdown and rejuvenation of cells). Practicing yoga in a heated space asks the body to turn up the volume. Essentially, it makes the work out more intense and the body work harder.
Heat relaxes the mind ~
Heat relaxes the mind and creates a relaxed state. In Grand Rapids, we know how it feels to be cold. The body contracts and tightens up in the cold winter weather. Seeking out heated spaces creates a sense of peace for the body and mind.
Heat creates sweat ~
Heat creates sweat. Sweating promotes overall health by detoxifying the largest organ of the body, your skin. Healthy sweating increases your desire to drink more water which helps to flush the system.
Heat is very therapeutic ~
Heat therapy has been used for decades to help combat pain and discomfort with minimal side effects. It helps heal the body from a long list of ailments including arthritis, low back pain, muscle strains, stiff joints and more. It works by increasing circulation in the involved area. Blood vessels dilate when subjected to heat, in turn promoting more blood flow. Because blood flow is increased, toxins are pulled out of injured tissues more effectively.
Yoga Fever promotes safe and proper alignment. We combine the old school traditions of yoga with contemporary hot vinyasa classes. Our warm and hot yoga is safe for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners. The teachers at Fever are some of the best Grand Rapids has to offer. They are extensively trained in the 8 limbed philosophy of yoga, alignment, and the body as a whole. We pride ourselves on staying true to the practice and trusting the process. Grab a friend and 'Catch the Fever'. You'll be glad you did.~
"Everything you feel, Everything you say, and Everything you do... Matters" ~ Namaste ~ YF