Sweating is an excellent way to lighten our toxic load we all carry from air, food, drink, emotions, etc. In addition to providing a phenomenal workout, yoga heals the body holistically. Science has proven yoga’s positive impact on all body systems, and it has the added benefit of integrating increased mental aptitude into your practice. Students are often pleasantly surprised by things like their heightened ability to focus, reduced stress, improved sleep patterns and glowing skin.
By measuring brain activity through MRI scans researchers have found that significant increases in grey matter occur proportionately to the number of hours spent doing yoga. The yogis studied dedicated on average about 70 percent of their practice to physical postures, about 20 percent to meditation and 10 percent to breath work, typical of most Western yoga routines.
“Blessed are the flexible because they shall not be bent out of shape”
Increased flexibility can make living in your body a little easier. Whether you seek to increase your performance in sports or maintain the agility to run and play with your children or grandchildren, increased flexibility allows you to move with greater ease.
Yoga is unique in that it is a well-rounded workout that is healing to the body. In just 60 or 90 minutes, students will receive a cardiovascular experience that also increases both strength and flexibility. Yoga can be a student’s only physical activity while still achieving optimal health. However, students need not abandon their favorite athletic endeavors to become a yogi. Yoga is also a great complement to every sport. Come talk to us about our experiences with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes who have adopted a yoga practice and increased their performance level.
Your own body is your gym. This yoga is low impact and uses muscles you didn’t know you had—trying standing in a wide lunge for Triangle pose on carpet and not sliding! Also, a prime focus is on spine strength, which is key to a long, healthy life.
Your heart can work the same way doing yoga postures in a heated room as it does when running a mile, and you never even leave your mat. Particularly in postures where you are balancing and contracting your muscles at the same time.
The primary purpose of this yoga is therapy. With a regular practice, yoga can help heal old injuries and also prevent them in the future. This is especially true for, but not limited to, back pain. Don't skip the postures that are slightly uncomfortable. Hot Yoga is also known to reduce symptoms of conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity. .
According to a Harvard health study, "At the end of three months, women in the yoga group reported improvements in perceived stress, depression, anxiety, energy, fatigue, and well-being. Depression scores improved by 50%, anxiety scores by 30%, and overall well-being scores by 65%. Initial complaints of headaches, back pain, and poor sleep quality also resolved much more often in the yoga group than in the control group." Yoga can no longer be dismissed in our western culture as "new age" craziness. The scientific evidence continues to mount on how the systems of the brain and body benefit from a consistent yoga practice.