Hot Yoga is a series of 26 yoga asanas (postures) and 2 breathing exercises performed in a room heated up to around 30 degrees Celsius. Yes, it’s warm, but nothing we are not used to in this humid tropical climate. The Bikram inspired series has been designed with everyone in mind.
Due to the sequencing of the postures and the unique environment in which they are performed, this ancient form of open eye meditation has been developed into one of the most effective and rewarding forms of physical exercise and meditation. The heat combined with the same sequence of postures allows for participants to focus inwards. The “monkey mind” chatter slows as we focus on the teacher directing us through each posture.
The benefits of Hot Yoga are designed for every part of the body including toning, tightening, and reshaping the entire body, increasing energy, balance, coordination and flexibility, improves digestion and circulation and decreases stress, clears the mind and removes toxins from the body.
Buy why in Broome....don't we have enough heat and humidity outside?
Practice in a heated room allows for the control of temperature which is used to heat the body with intention, plus we have the added bonus of not having to fight with midgies and mosquitos in the wet. The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Hot Yoga special, warming the muscles, detoxifying the body and focusing the mind.
Using this controlled heated environment we can improve the body's cooling system, increases elasticity in the tissue,opens the pores, cleans and stimulates our circulatory system improving blood flow which helps with muscle recovery, creates a cardiac response in the system meaning a deeper workout plus relieves stress and tension.
What to expect my first class?
Expect to sweat!
The room is warm and the postures will be foreign to you. Your only goal in your first few visits is to stay in the room and attempt each posture to best of your ability. It is not unusual to feel a bit overwhelmed, just kneel down on your mat and breathe until you are ready to join in once again.
Your mind will become your greatest challenge; you may have distracting thoughts about the heat, sweat, itchiness, uncomfortable clothing or the postures. However, as your practice develops, you will begin to find it easier to let these distractions go.
Many find their first couple of classes to be the most challenging. Often this is because it’s new and unfamiliar. You will find that you will learn the postures quickly and become familiar with what to expect. Come with no expectations – just a light heart, open mind, and a well-hydrated body. Most students feel amazingly detoxified and relaxed after their first class.
However, as with anything new, like a new pair of shoes it may be slightly uncomfortable the first few sessions while you become more climatised. The benefits of this yoga are immediate, and as it becomes more familiar (within 1-3 classes), you will forget about all the other factors and begin to focus on your yoga practice.
What to bring to class?