SYNERGY Hot Yoga
What is “Hot Yoga?”
Technically, hot yoga is any style of yoga performed in a hot room. At Synergy/Pyour Core, we offer two types:
- Hot 26, the original sequence developed by Bikram Chowdery to improve range of motion, flexibility, core strength, mental focus and clarity, and general well-being;
- Power Vinyasa, a more flowing style, incorporating sun salutations and is created by each teacher for each class differently.
What classes Are Offered?
Classes are heated to varying degrees. All hot yoga classes help reduce stress, enhance balance and flexibility, increase strength and restore vitality.
- HOT 26 | 60 OR 75 MINUTES, 105 DEGREES
Classic Bikram beginners sequence (that does not mean it’s easy!): 26 postures and two breathing exercises, each repeated twice, always in the same order, designed to work every muscle, joint, ligament, tendon, gland, and organ in the body. Students of all levels welcome.
- SILENT “HOT ROCK” | 75 MINUTES, 105 DEGREES
Hot 26 Class, with music and no talking. Students must be familiar with sequence (at least 10 Hot 26 sessions) before taking this class.
- POWER VINYASA | 60 MINUTES, 90-95 DEGREES
Varying and flowing sequences of postures designed to promote upper and lower body strength, balance, and flexibility. Fluid cardiovascular movements are connected by your breath. Each teacher has his/ her unique style. Students of all levels welcome.
- VINYASA SWEET HONEY FLOW | 60 MINUTES, 80 DEGREES
A unique, gentle style of yoga that is designed to mindfully open the body and heart, calm the mind, induce deep states of consciousness, and help one manifest desires. Class begins with 30 minutes of gently flowing movement, and ends with 30 minutes of long held passive postures that get deep into the fascia for full mental and physical restoration. This class is perfect for yoga beginners, and also experienced practitioners who wish to explore a slower-paced, healing practice.
WHY IS THE ROOM SO HOT?
- The heat makes muscles more elastic and pliable which allows for deeper, safer stretching
- The Heat enhances vasodilation so that more blood (and oxygen) is delivered to the muscles, the joints, and the endocrine, thyroid and lymphatic systems bringing natural healing and balance back in to your body
- Because of vasodilation, your heart works harder to pump greater volume of blood, resulting in greater cardiovascular benefit.
- The Heat speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
- Sweating is good for your skin because it opens up and unclogs pores
- And, it feels really good to just let the sweat pour out of you!
HOW IS THE ROOM HEATED?
We use therapeutic Infrared Radiant Heat in our studio. Unobtrusive panels in the ceiling heat objects in the room, rather than the air, allowing the air to be slightly cooler and more comfortable since your body is being heated internally. This is the same system hospitals use in infrared saunas to promote tissue healing. We also include an integrated humidity system to keep the conditions optimal at all times of the year, and we purify the air with continuous outside fresh air circulation and diffusing bacteria-fighting essential oils between classes.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOT YOGA?
The benefits you receive from a regular, devoted yoga practice will vary depending on who you are, your health history and what you put into your practice. The most frequently reported benefits are:
- Escalation in energy and metabolism;
- Weight loss and increase in muscle tone;
- Increase in balance, strength and flexibility;
- Reduction in heart and respiratory rates;
- Decrease in blood pressure;
- Improved functioning of internal organs;
- Reduction of insomnia and depression;
- Strengthening of the immune system;
- Reduction in stress and a newfound ability to relax during stressful moments;
- Alleviation of symptoms of chronic diseases and injuries;
- Rejuvenated sense of calm and well-being;
- An inspired and positive outlook on life
WHAT SHOULD I BRING AND HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST CLASS?
- Wear light workout clothing; something you feel comfortable sweating in; stretchy fabric-not cotton. Women wear shorts or capris, jog bra or tank top. Men wear shorts or bathing suit with or without a t-shirt or tank. We have changing rooms and showers for you.
- Come to class well hydrated. We recommend drinking about a gallon the day before you practice (that’s just over seven 16.9 oz bottles). Good hydration supports the healthy functioning of all your body’s systems and it makes the heat feel comfortable rather than overwhelming.
- Come on an empty stomach, but have something small and easy to digest 1-2 hours before class
- Arrive 10-15 minutes before class. This will allow time to register and prepare for class . Registering online will save you time.
- You need a large towel, yoga mat and water. We have all of these here for you. Bring a refillable water bottle, or buy one of ours
- Come with a positive, open attitude. You don’t have to be flexible or in shape to do yoga, you just have to do it; you will thank yourself for coming!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME TO CLASS?
Come as often as you can. Ideally, 3-5 times a week for the first two to three months. This gives your body a jump start, and in that time period you will notice incredible improvements in your practice and in your overall health and life. The time and effort you put into it will be returned to you tenfold.
HOW MANY CALORIES DOES ONE YOGA CLASS BURN?
Health professionals’ have estimated between 400-1000 calories are burned per class.
IS THERE ANYONE WHO SHOULDN’T DO HOT YOGA?
If you have high blood pressure, particularly low blood pressure, or are pregnant or nursing, you should check with your doctor before trying a class. If you simply do not like the heat, you might find that your body learns to like it after a few classes!
WHAT IS THE PROPER YOGA ETIQUETTE?
Yoga is more than simply the physical poses; it is a process of understanding and respecting ourselves and those around us.
- Please no shoes in the studio
- Keep street clothes and other personal belongings in the cubbies downstairs. You may keep valuables in cubbies in studio room.
- Please silence cell phones in the class room
- No gum in the studio
- Don’t wear heavy perfumes or colognes to class
- No talking during class
- Feel free to take a break at any time during class by either sitting or lying quietly on your mat
- Let the teacher know ahead of time if you need to leave early
- If you feel like you need to leave the room, let the teacher know and he/she can get you some coconut water and a cool towel.
- Practice ‘Ahimsa.’ Practicing non-violence (Ahimsa in Sanskrit) means coming to the studio in a peaceful way and being kind to yourself and others.