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What is Yoga?

Clarkston Hot Yoga

Yoga is an ancient old practice that has been around for thousands of years. It is a practice of purifying the body and mind so we can function at a high level in perfect harmony. The practice of postures combined with breathing leaves you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed with a sense of overall well being. Yoga can reduce stress and improve your mental outlook.

Yoga changes your body from the inside out. It flushes out waste products, toxins in the glands and internal organs of the body. You bring nourishment to every cell of your body to keep it functioning at a high level. It increases our oxygen supplies through proper breathing techniques. We learn to control our breath through pranayama.

Q. What is the recommended room temperature for Hot Yoga?

Our studio is excited to provide you with a wonderful, therapeutic form of hot yoga. The recommended temperature is between 80 - 103F degrees depending on the class. We do NOT add humidity to our rooms, making it a little easier to breathe!!!

The room is kept at this temperature for the following reasons:

  • Protects the muscles to allow for deeper stretching; by heating up the body the muscles soften - a warm body is a flexible body.
  • Detoxes the body by opening pores to let toxins out; when you sweat impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.
  • Thins the blood to clear the circulatory system.
  • Flushes out internal organs for optimal utilization with fresh oxygenated blood.
  • Increases heart rate for better cardiovascular workout.
  • Improves strength by putting muscle tissue in optimal state for reorganization.
  • Reorganizes the lipids (fat) in the muscular structure.
  • Prevents the body from overheating - heat causes you to sweat, sweating lowers your core temperature (contrary to popular misconception).

Q. What should I bring to class?

You will need to have a large towel, hand towel (optional), a yoga mat, and a water bottle for class. Mats ($1) and large towels ($2) available for rental. Water is available for purchase.

We provide lockers with locks for all members FREE OF CHARGE.

Personal items are NOT allowed in the classroom (cellphones, wallets, etc.).
Please do not wear perfume or scented, fragranced lotions prior to coming to class as a curtesy to the students around you.

Q. How should I prepare for my first class?

  • New Students - please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to class to give you enough time to fill out paperwork, change and set up in the room.
  • You will need to have a large towel, hand towel (optional), a yoga mat, and a water bottle for class. Mats and towels available for rental. Water available for purchase.
  • Dress as light as possible. Men wear shorts or bathing suit. Women wear exercise top and shorts. T-shirts are bulky; tank tops are better.
  • Come on an empty stomach! No food 1 to 3 hours before class. A small quantity of simple, easily digestible food is recommended for the meal prior to class such as fruit. Note: each individual has a unique digestion system-you will know how much time you need.
  • Drink lots of water for several days before your first class if you’re not in the habit of drinking water. Doctors estimate you need at least 2 liters per day for normal body maintenance. Double that for doing Hot yoga. If you drink large quantities of caffeine drinks or eat mostly processed foods, it can effect your body’s ability to tolerate the heat, so please cut down on these items in preparation for class.

Q. What to expect after your first class?

  • You might feel very tired after class. This is absolutely normal and a good sign that your body is cleansing. Your energy levels should be restored to normal within several classes.
  • You might find yourself feeling extremely energetic – this is a good sign that the yoga is truly filling you up with energy. You will have more time to do the things you enjoy.
  • You might feel sore or stiff the day after your first class. Come back to class as soon as possible! It can be a buildup of lactic acid in the muscles and/or the internals areas of the muscle may swell when nutrients and fluids flow into the muscles to repair them after a good workout. Your body is waking up and coming alive and you want to keep the process going!
  • You might feel nauseous, dizzy or have a headache after class. This could be a sign that you are dehydrated. Please drink lots of water before returning to class. Or it could be a sign that you were trying so hard that you weren’t breathing normally. Please remember to breathe normally during every posture.
  • You might experience some skin irritation. This too is normal, it means that the skin is releasing toxins. A tepid shower directly after class will wash the toxins away.
  • You might feel very hungry after class for a while, or you might lose your appetite completely. Both reactions are normal. If you are concerned about your weight, don’t worry too much either way. Once you get into a regular practice pattern, your appetite and your weight will normalize. You’ll find yourself feeling and looking leaner and younger.

Q. What is happening in my body during Hot 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 increased, and strength is built by the use of gravity.
  • Muscles and joints are balanced.
  • Blood and calcium are brought to the bones. Working against gravity strengthens the bones.
  • The organs of the immune system within the bones (red marrow) are boosted.
  • The lymph nodes are massaged and white blood cells are distributed throughout the body as the lymphatic system works more efficiently.
  • The communication between hormones and various glands and systems of the body is perfected. There is compression and extension to the thymus, spleen, appendix, intestines and all internal organs; lungs are stretched and flushed out by increased blood circulation. The endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones, and toxins and waste 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 also stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.

Q. How many times a week is it recommended to practice?

  • In the beginning, 3-6 times per week for two months until you are performing all but the very difficult poses such as the Standing Bow Pulling and Stretching Pose eighty percent correctly.
  • Even when your progress is measured in fractions of inches, when it adds excellence to how you move and feel, like being able to balance on one leg for ten seconds, you should continue your Yoga practice as many days as you can.
  • When you are performing ninety percent of the postures ninety percent correctly, you should still not feel complacent about doing your Yoga. Practicing this Hatha Yoga class every day is like everything else you do in your life that is good for maintaining life. Don’t give up doing those good things, because the daily benefit you receive is too good to eliminate!
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