Why Hot Yoga?? We (really) Love Beginners!


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With a name like "The HOT Room" the question comes up again and again; why hot yoga? Why would one want to begin their yoga journey by submitting themselves to 105 degree temperatures and palpable humidity? The answer is multi-layered but hopefully an understanding of the benefits of this practice will encourage you to give it a try. 


1. The Heat


The heated room helps to warm up your muscles, prevent injury, allows for a deeper workout and cleanses the body of toxins. Yoga helps to change the construction of the body from the inside out. The heat helps to warm the muscles and allows for more flexibility so that the change you want can happen more efficiently. Practicing yoga in the hot room also diminishes the chance for injury as a warm body is more supple and pliable. With the heat you can achieve a deeper stretch, so fresh oxygenated blood reaches deeper into your muscles, tendons and organs to keep your systems healthy. The heat helps to burn more calories and helps to build endurance. Toxins are released through the breath and skin by sweating. The end result is an unbelievable feeling of mental and physical well-being.


2. The Postures


It is an intelligently designed sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. This series of postures moves fresh, oxygenated blood to 100% of your body. The postures work together to restore natural range of motion to the body, heal old injuries and illnesses, promote weight loss, relieve stress, and much more. In 90 minutes (remove the first part of this sentence), By the end of class, you will have worked every muscle, joint, organ and tendon of the body. 


3. The Mental Challenge


The focus & intensity of the class will help to build mental clarity & determination. By learning to breathe and stay calm in the peak of the practice you learn to take that into all other areas of your life.

But wait...

So the next question is should I try this yoga even if I have never practiced before? The answer is a resounding, YES! If you can practice HOT yoga you can handle anything.  We will walk you through every step of class. Your first class should be about staying in the room and breathing normally. Postures are optional. If at any point you feel overwhelmed take a knee, a sip of water, and breathe normally.

Running and Hot Yoga: Perfect Companions

There’s something special about long distance runners. 

Runners have a unique ability to see beyond the first few miles of physical discomfort to meet their ultimate goal; crossing the finish line. 

Similar to runners, there’s something special about those who practice hot yoga. Now, we’re talking hot yoga. Yoga practiced in a 105 degree fahrenheit room with 40% humidity for sixty to ninety minutes at a time. These yogis challenge themselves to bend, stretch, and breathe in extreme conditions.

What is most fascinating is the striking similarity between the two groups. Both finish their sport with sweat and a smile. 

While the two activities are quite different they couldn’t be a more perfect pair. The combination of yoga and running together can transform your physical body and mental game in unbelievable ways.


Endurance

The physical strength and endurance it takes to withstand 105 degree heat is a great test for any athlete. Combine the elements of the room with the mental challenge of breathing through the discomfort and you have the perfect test for endurance. The body is typically much stronger and more resilient than we give it credit for. Those who try hot yoga for the first time will definitely attest to that. After class most students feel a sense of elation as they re-hydrate and go about their day. 


Indy Mini Marathon runner and hot yogini, Taffanee Keys, remembers her first class like it was yesterday.

“When I first walked into the room, I thought it was like being in New Orleans in July at the hottest point of the day. Like New Orleans, all I wanted to do was to escape and find a place with the coldest air-conditioning. However, after a few minutes, I noticed that I began to sweat and my body started to adapt to the heat. My goal was to stay in the room and I managed to accomplish that task by concentrating on the words of the instructor and paying attention to my practice.” 


Keys has been practicing at The Hot Room since November 2014 and has noticed incredible results in endurance performance. 


“For me Bikram yoga has increased my endurance both physically and mentally. While I have engaged in other types of strength training that focuses on increasing my physicality, Bikram has built my mental stamina which is key for endurance runners. Like Bikram, running is a mental sport; the body is incredible and can go long distances when properly trained, it is the mind that allows me, as an endurance runner, to maintain the course and not give up. Bikram helps to train the mind. It has helped me realize both my mental and physical limits and to find strength to stretch beyond them. As a result, I completed my first ultra-distance race in January without any major injuries.”


2. Breath

Yoga without breath is like peanut butter and jelly without the peanut butter. It’s just not yoga. Running without breath is impossible. It would be the same as running without legs. The breath instruction in yoga will transform your running experience. You will notice a complete mind-body connection that comes from the deliberate instruction to breathe in and out of specific postures. You will notice your body responds with new vitality when the breath is truly connected to the movement. 

“I’ve developed greater flexibility in my entire body.  I have also garnered greater lung capacity, managing the ability to breathe with great ease while running in single digit temperatures and in the extreme heat.”


3. Body Awareness and Injury Prevention


The Sanskrit meaning of the word “yoga” is union. It is derived from the sanskrit root
“Yuj” meaning to join, but also to control or disciplinate. In simple terms, it means you must be completely connected between body and mind. Pushing yourself beyond your physical limits in the practice is quite literally not yoga. A successful practitioner honors where there body is in each practice and takes rest when it is needed. 


“Prior to Bikram, I often suffered from running overuse injuries which included IT band issues, popliteus tendinitis, and Achilles tendonitis; these injuries often kept me benched so to speak. I have found that Bikram targets and aids in the healing of all my problem areas which also includes my hamstrings, knees, lower back, and calves. Once I incorporated Bikram into my training schedule, I have been healthy both physically and mentally and can bounce back easily after running long distances.” 


If you feel ready to add hot yoga as part of your training we would love for you to experience The Hot Room. Here’s Taffanee’s tips for a successful first class!


Get to class early. You want to be close to the door to ensure you feel the air ventilating throughout the room
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Proper hydration is key to be able to endure 104-108 degree temperatures with 40% humidity.
Do not eat a heavy meal 2 hours before you arrive. The key is to keep all nutrition inside your body.
Wear comfortable dry-fit clothing; shorts and a tank are sufficient. Nobody cares what you look like, comfort is the word.
Stay mentally and physically in the room. This is time you carved out for yourself. Leave all the worries of the world outside. 

We commend all our runners on their hard work and training.  Bring your race bib into one of our studios and receive a free class on us!



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December Student of the Month - Kristen Himsel

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My first class was challenging! I was glad to just make it through the 90 minutes. At first I was relieved but there was also an immediate sense of pride for staying in the room and trying something new and something entirely for myself. It was one of the most difficult physical challenges I had put my body through in a long time. I had expected it to be, but I was surprised how I felt even hours later. I was energized from within and knew that I wanted that to continue. I am more limber than I was a year ago and I've also built strength. In addition, I've also begun to be more conscious of the mind/body connection and have had brief and fleeting moments when my mental strength has been able to calm the physical reaction to the challenge of the practice. I've maintained a healthy diet for most of my life but this practice has encouraged me to be even better about it. We've all experienced an especially challenging class due to dehydration or a poor choice of meal or timing of a meal. I've also been less prone to illness. Be patient and be present. Take one pose at a time and focus on where your body is during that particular class, during that particular pose.

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Downtown Student of the Month - Holly West!

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Even though that first class I practically melted, it turns out that regular classes are even hotter. But it didn't matter though, I was already hooked! I liked that I could concentrate through the heat to find a posture. I loved the challenge. I also loved that the Hot Room is a judgement free zone so I am my only competition. The staff are very knowledgeable, too. I've had several different teachers in the past month--each have a different style and emphasize different points so I learn something new each class that allows me go deeper into a stretch or hold a posture longer. I am much more toned. I trained for a half marathon for 12 weeks earlier this year but I actually saw more results from completing the 30-day challenge at the Hot Room! Hydrate! Even on days you don't go to class. Be patient with yourself and breathe to ease into those tough postures. Camel is the most fun for me! Half moon is my second favorite because I've experienced the most improvement here. My first couple weeks of classes, I hated that posture, but now I look forward to the backbend and really challenge myself to see my reflection in the window--I'm almost there!

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Uptown Student of the Month - Aaron Bell!

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I remember my first class like it was yesterday, it was on a Saturday and the place was packed.  I came in to class without water and fresh off two cups of coffee; I was completely caught off guard.   I have never experienced the range of emotions like I did during that 90 minute class; I was hot, sweaty, dizzy, nauseous, mad, confused, and ready to be done.  After class I thought, "never again", however I wasn't going to give in that easy. 
 

I returned to THR  the very next day because I was determined to make it through the entire class without hitting the floor in total exhaustion.  The class was just as hard, however I was better prepared mentally.  I made it through and was hooked.

 

Health benefits for me have been as much mental as they have been physical.  Physically, my back pain, balance, flexibility, strength and energy level have all improved tremendously.  Mentally,  my practice has taught me how to "be comfortable in uncomfortable situations.”  Gaining this skill and applying it in real life has helped me through numerous situations both in my profession and personal life.

 

My advice to new students is to really listen.  This will help maintain your focus and composure during class, thus leading to a more productive and enjoyable practice.

 

My favorite posture is standing head to knee because it’s fun, rewards patiences, and feels great!

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The Hot Room Uptown 2nd Anniversary! Free classes all day!

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Join us as we celebrate two years at our Uptown location on 96th street. Enjoy free classes all day long and special discounts and raffle prizes. Please make sure to sign up to reserve your spot!

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The Hot Room Downtown Grand Opening!

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Join us for our grand opening and free classes all day long! Enter to win a free year membership! Sign up to reserve your spot!

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New! Intro to Hot Yoga Class!

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Intro to Hot Yoga today at 1:30p! Need help with a posture or want answers to your questions? Join us for an intimate class designed to help you get started with your yoga practice. Free for all students who have purchased an Intro Offer. ‪#‎thehotroom‬ ‪#‎welovebeginners‬ ‪#‎starttoday‬ ‪#‎feelamazing‬ ‪#‎sweatstretchtransform‬

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August Student of the Month - Tammy Heitz!

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"My first class felt like the longest 90 minutes of my life, although I was amazed when I was able to get into some postures that I had never been able to before." What made you come back? "A sincere hope that the instructors were telling the truth about the second class being better than the first, coupled with a strong desire to get into shape. Since the second class was much better, I stuck with it and now can't imagine it not being a part of my life. When I first started my practice I was overweight and out of shape, but have since returned to the size I was in my early twenties and am in the best shape of my life. In addition, I am a much more patient person these days. Advice to new students: "Come to class as often as you can during your first month and be patient with yourself. Acclimating to this yoga can take awhile, but it is so worth it. Give it a chance and it really can change your life."

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Kids Yoga Camp at The Hot Room!

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Join us August 4-6th for a kids yoga camp with Nikki Tam! Practice yoga, learn how to make nutritious smoothies and perform a yoga routine on the last day. Ages 5+ $50 for all three days/$25 for a single day

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