Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Hot Vinyasa Yoga is performed in a heated room (85-90 degrees) because of the benefits it offers the body. Heat allows for muscles to ease through their full range of motion but is not an excuse to push muscles beyond their limits. Heat improves circulation and metabolism and strengthens the cardiovascular system. Sweating aids in detoxifying the body and rejuvenates the skin.
Vinyasa is the Sanskrit term for flow and refers to alignment of breath and movement to create a dynamic, flowing form of yoga. Poses are held for a specific number of breaths before moving on to the next pose. Vinyasa also refers to the movements or series of movements done between each pose in the series. Perfect body alignment is not emphasized, as is the case for traditional Hatha yoga; however, corrections and/or modifications will be offered during class as needed. Hot Vinyasa yoga is suited for all levels although familiarity with yoga postures and exposure to basic flow yoga sequences is recommended and encouraged.
Hot Vinyasa Etiquette:
- Bring your mat, large towel and WATER. Mats are available to rent if needed.
- Arrive early. Getting to class ten minutes early can help you settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. Note: Evening and weekend classes can fill up quickly. Space is limited so it is suggested to reserve your space by signing up online. If you have not arrived 5 minutes before class begins, your space may be given to another student if class is full.
- No students will be allowed to enter class if more than 10 minutes late. This ensures your own safety and avoids disrupting the students and teacher of the class in progress.
- Avoid eating two to three hours prior to class. Practicing on a full stomach may result in cramps, nausea or vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends or inversions. Digesting food also takes energy so you may feel lethargic before or during class.
- Communicate injuries or special needs before class. Let your instructor know of any health concerns or injuries and skip postures that may exacerbate your injury or try a modified version.
- Arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or offend others.
- Don’t push it. Avoid comparing your practice to another’s. Do what you can without straining or injuring yourself. You will go farther faster by taking a loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are rather than from where you think you should be.
- Clean and put away any props and clean any water or sweat from the floor around you.