I’m so excited to bring Hot Pilates exclusively to Yoga Fever! Starting Tuesday, May 21 you can join us for an incredible complement to your regular heated yoga practice. If you are a current member, Hot Pilates is part of your unlimited membership or class packs.
What is Hot Pilates?
Hot Pilates builds long, lean muscle mass while burning fat and strengthening your core. You’ll practice right on your yoga mat, making it a zero impact exercise that protects your joints and muscles.
The high intensity interval training (HIIT) keeps your heart rate up. The Pilates principles sculpt your body, creating the lean muscle mass. And the heat loosens your muscles (just like yoga), elevating your heart rate and boosting your metabolism.
You’ll be reminded to focus on your core in every single sentence that comes out of your teacher’s mouth. As you exhale, you’ll push your breath out sharply, contracting your core every time. Are you starting to see why this is a killer ab workout?!
Other benefits include:
Eases back pain: A stronger core always equals a better back.
Easy on your joints The slow and controlled movement puts minimal impact on your joints.
Hones your focus: You’ll need a lot of concentration to move your body and breath in sync with one another.
Improves athletic performance: You’ll quickly realize that all your muscles are connected through your core.
Differences and similarities between yoga and hot Pilates
While a yoga class often focuses on 2-3 main muscle groups or body parts, Pilates works your entire body by focusing intensely on your core.
In Pilates, you don’t hold poses for a long time or repeat them in vinyasa sequences. The movements are shorter with a stronger focus on control and precision. When the move is done, you go onto something completely different.
While yoga provides a meditative environment to help you improve your overall quality of life, Pilates is more of a traditional strengthening exercise. It forces you to increase your body awareness and work from your core, resulting in a strong body.
Both are disciplined practices that require you to show up regularly on your mat to see change.
Both offer flexibility, strength, control, and endurance.
Both focus heavily on breath work. However, yoga channels breath into specific body parts to ease the muscles open, whereas Pilates has specific breathing techniques designed to aid the movements and muscle activation for each exercise.
But don’t feel you have to choose one or the other! In fact, the whole reason we’re adding Hot Pilates to our menu is so you can reap the benefits of both a long, lean body and a clear mind! I hope to see you on May 21 for our inaugural Hot Pilates class. If you can’t make it then, we’re offering the class every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:00-8:50 a.m.