I'm super excited that I've finally started doing yoga full-time. I'm talking about 4-5 times a week. And that feels amazing. I have written down a brand new 5-year life plan that has yoga playing quite integral role in it and I'm working to make it all happen. My yoga studio is just a quick 10 minute walk away from our house and everyone there seems really nice. This is my fourth week and I think I'm seeing some changes in many ways. My upper body strength has increased and I'm actually able to lower from plank to low cobra to upward facing dog to downward facing dog (chaturanga dandasana). I wasn't able to do that before, even back when I was practicing ashtanga yoga at the age of 15-18. Another change I've noticed is that I do not crave for junk food. After the class I eat super healthy, only fresh fruits and vegetables, sometimes just a shot of spirulina.
Hot yoga is a broad term referring to any form of yoga that is practiced in a room that is heated to approximately 85 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity typically at 40-60 percent.
1. Practicing yoga in a heated room has similar effects to sitting in a sauna. The heat increases pulse rate and metabolism, allowing your blood vessels to become more flexible. This allows our circulatory systems to flow with greater ease, while increasing blood flow to the limbs. In addition, a body that is warmed up can twist, bend and stretch further, which allows for an internal organ massage. All inner glands, organs, ligaments and muscles will benefit.
2. Yoga is designed to relieve stress and promote connection of the mind, body and spirit. However, practicing hot yoga requires you to push even further beyond your edge and place of comfort. As they say, life begins when we step out of your comfort zone! If you can stay calm and focused in hot yoga, you can stay calm and focused in any given situation.
3. Hot yoga creates a massive elimination of toxins in the body due to the large amount of sweating that occurs. It is possible to drop several pounds (which include oil, salts and water) during a class. Your body burns fat more effectively in the heat, and fat may redistribute and be used as energy during the class. You may notice a decrease in centimeters fairly quickly with consistent practice.
4. The increase in sweat also benefits our skin, after all, the largest organ of our body is the skin, and a 90-minute class will surely detoxify the pores.
5. Your body will become better equipped to fight infection with a hot yoga practice. Similar to when your body raises its temperature to fight infection, the raised temperature in the room will assist in improving T-cell function and the proper functioning of your immune system. Source: MindBodyGreen
"Through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth." Sharon Gannon
Olen erittäin innoissani, sillä olen vihdoin aloittanut joogaamaan kokopäiväisesti, tai ainakin melkein, eli 4-5 kertaa viikossa, ja se tuntuu ihanalta. Olen kirjoittanut upouuden viisivuotissuunnitelman elämälleni, jossa joogalla on varsin keskeinen rooli, ja aion työskennellä sen eteen. Joogastudioni on 10 minuutin kävelymatkan päässä talostamme ja kaikki siellä ovat todella mukavia. Tämä on neljäs viikko ja luulen huomaavani joitakin muutoksia jo. Ylävartaloni on saanut lisää voimaa ja pystyn tekemään jopa Chaturanga Dandasanankin joka on aikaisemmin aiheuttanut minulle hankaluuksia. Toinen muutos jonka olen huomannut on, että en kaipaa ollenkaan roskaruokaa. Tunnilta kotiin tullessani syön erittäin terveellisesti, vain tuoreita hedelmiä ja vihanneksia, joskus vain shotti spiruliinaa.
Hotjooga on laaja termi, joka viittaa joogaan, jota harjoitetaan huoneessa joka lämmitetään noin 29-46 celsius-asteeseen ja jossa kosteus on tyypillisesti 40-60 prosenttia. Eli hyvin hikistä hommaa. Hotjoogan terveysvaikutuksista tarkemmin täällä.