Written by Trudi a new and newly avid member of Yoga Republic.
Trudi has been practicing a variety of yoga for years but has only recently tried Hot Yang.
The sweat starts almost instantly, dripping onto my mat before we’ve finished the first exercise. Lying on my back I feel like a melting glacier trying to resist global warming. Our teacher walks through the room, offering gentle encouragement and the odd adjustment. “Embrace the heat,” he says warmly, and I do my best.
Those who are devoted to the practice say hot yoga has all kinds of benefits. The one that’s touted most often is detoxification: heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin. “The heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures,” says Jack, the Yogi/head teacher at Yoga Republic “so you know you’re really warming up the muscles and you can really approach the postures from a safe place. According to Jack, working in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder. “It’s really for people who want a more intense workout—those who want to develop strength, flexibility and tone along with a cardiovascular workout.” He also says working in heat helps the body relax, improves breathing (which helps conditions like asthma) and focuses the mind, which develops better mental concentration.
I have been an avid Yogi for many years preferring other types of yoga but though Hot Yoga very is tough it does get easier with each class and the benefits are quite spectacular. I’m already so much more flexible and toned and mentally calm and serene after a class.
It ain’t easy but in order to feel this good you have to consider and utilise the no pain no gain theory. Yoga republic seems to adopt a different approach to teaching,with so much patience and an unobtrusive manner which has helped me through every class.
So don’t talk about it…….Be about it. Come join a class and get healthier than you have ever been in your life. It’s all out there waiting for you at Yoga Republic with Jack & his lovely team.