Another XLerated Training (XLT) Program from Gold’s Gym Northwest, Hot Yoga is the perfect complement to any fitness routine, offering a wide array of physiological and psychological benefits.
Hatha 26 Postures is for all levels and focuses on breathing and posture. Yogis believe breathing to be the most important metabolic function; we breathe roughly 23,000 times per day and use about 4,500 gallons of air, which increases during exercise. If we are breathing incorrectly, we are hampering our potential for optimal health. The class consists of 26 postures in a sequence, with each sequence preparing the body for the next, allowing you to gain strength, flexibility and balance while also incorporating controlled breath to oxygenate and energize the body. Hot Hatha works every muscle, gland, and organ, flushing all the anatomical systems. It is an excellent foundation to learn proper alignment and develop concentration. This is the perfect complement to other styles of yoga.
Hot Power Vinyasa is a vigorous style of yoga with emphasis on strength and flexibility, using your breath to flow through each movement. Power Vinyasa heals, detoxifies and exhilarates the body and mind through movement, balance and intention. It’s a dynamic, energizing practice that sculpts, and tones every muscle in the body. You don’t need to be especially flexible or incredibly fit to do this yoga. This class is an intense practice and a natural way to build long and lean muscles while finding balance between strength and flexibility.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
What are the benefits of Hot Yoga? Hot Yoga improves flexibility and strength, reduces stress and increases relaxation. Hot yoga can be an effective way of losing weight and toning up.
What is the atmosphere like? Hot Yoga is performed at a temperature of 100 – 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Some men choose to practice without shirts and sometimes just tiny bike shorts during class.
What is an actual class like? All Hot Yoga instructors bring their own flair and style to class; poses can be really intense and be held longer than others, or quick, like a flow sequence. Fill your lungs with air and take long, deep breaths throughout your practice. If you feel nauseous or dizzy at any point, stop and drink water. If you need to rest, go into child’s poste and take a break rather than push yourself to a point that could be potentially harmful. It’s normal to feel a bit light-headed during class.
What should I expect after class? You may feel light-headed, which is perfectly normal, so don’t be afraid to extend your Savasana “the corpse pose” for a few minutes longer. Take a few moments to drink water and acclimate to a cooler environment before leaving class.
How frequently should I attend class to achieve the full benefits of Hot Yoga? In the beginning, it is recommended that you do class each day for two months until you are performing most of the poses corectly. However, health benefits can be achieved in three classes per week or more.
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat? Yes, you must bring your own yoga mat. For hygienic reasons, we do not supply yoga mats for this class.
HOT YOGA SCHEDULE
- Avoid eating a heavy meal an hour and a half to two hours before class; yoga is usually best done on an empty stomach. Drink plenty of water before and after class.
- Doors will be closed once class has started. Participants may not arrive late or leave early so there are no distractions. Arrive early to get your mat situated and your mind and body prepared.
- Silence your cell-phone before entering the studio. Please leave it and all other personal belongings (watches, jewelry, etc.) in the locker room.
- Bring water or a water bottle to fill up at the club. You may also purchase one at the front desk.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Please refrain from using perfume, cologne, or strong-scented lotions before class.
- Hot Yoga towels are recommended. They are available for purchase in the Gold’s Gym Pro Shop.
- You must bring your own yoga mat. Due to hygienic reasons, we do not supply yoga mats for use in hot yoga.