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.
At Evolve we offer three levels of Hot Vinyasa Yoga:
Level I – This class is perfect for the yoga student who has been exposed to beginning yoga classes and still needs guidance and support with postures. Postures are held longer to allow for more detailed explanations. Experience in a Vinyasa class is not necessary but is encouraged. The room is lightly heated (85 degrees) and is a great way to learn to acclimate to a class in a heated environment.
Level I-II – These classes are suited for students who are making the transition from level 1 to 2. students who are interested in learning ways to create challenge in their poses or students who are presently at level 2. Students will be exposed to basic inversions and arm balances. Room is moderately heated to 90 degrees.
Level II – This class is for the yoga student who is considered an advanced beginner, intermediate or advanced student. Students should be familiar with yoga postures and Vinyasa sequences and require less instruction. The room is moderately heated (90 degrees) and is great for the student who seeks to challenge himself or herself at a higher level.
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.