Ritual Hot Yoga (San Francisco & Chicago) https://ritualhotyoga.com Breathe to the Beat Wed, 12 Feb 2020 12:58:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://ritualhotyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-Untitled-design-8-32x32.png Ritual Hot Yoga (San Francisco & Chicago) https://ritualhotyoga.com 32 32 100 Health Benefits Of Yoga (That Are Backed By Science) https://ritualhotyoga.com/100-health-benefits-of-yoga-that-are-backed-by-science/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 12:58:33 +0000 https://ritualhotyoga.com/?p=5674 Are you thinking about starting Yoga or even been practicing for years?  If so, You have to check out this list!  We have scoured the internet to put together the collection of the 100 health benefits of Yoga that are supported by scientific study. So, you will be under no doubt that Yoga is not […]

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Are you thinking about starting Yoga or even been practicing for years? 

If so, You have to check out this list! 

We have scoured the internet to put together the collection of the 100 health benefits of Yoga that are supported by scientific study.

So, you will be under no doubt that Yoga is not only a fantastic experience; it is an activity that can have huge health benefits.

Ready?

Dive in.

General benefits 

Improves your balance – There are transitions and poses within Yoga such as the half-moon or tree pose that focus on balance. 

Click here to read the study.

Helps you sleep – A study conducted using 120 people showed that you could gain an average of an extra hour of sleep. 

Click here to read the study.

Reduce Chronic Pain – Yoga can help you manage your pain-and-stress response.

Click here to read the study.

Improves dietary choices – Yoga is proven to alter your state of mind in many ways (which we will go into later) according to this study, you will even make better dietary choices for your body. 

Click here to read the study.

Help losing weight – Yoga is considered an exercise, and it helps you make better dietary choices … are we surprised it can help you lose weight? 

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Reduce binge eating – Self-reporting individuals state they experienced less binge eating once they had started practicing Yoga. 

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May reduce inflammation – This study looked at inflammation markers and saw the number reduce when the individuals practiced Yoga (this included people with long term inflammatory conditions) 

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Improves mobility – Here are 10 cool stretches that you can do to increase your mobility (and flexibility)

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Help with Headaches – Headaches are often caused by tension and stiffness in your neck, so following Yoga poses to release this tension will help your headache! 

Click here to read the study.

Migraines – Although researchers are currently unsure why Yoga helps with migraines (they think it is something to do with the parasympathetic nervous system) studies have shown that it does! 

Click here to read the study.

Improves Stamina – As you are exercising and stretching your muscles over time, you will experience an increase in stamina! 

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Helps with urinary stress incontinence – As this is an inflammatory condition, Yoga can potentially help reduce symptoms of urinary stress incontinence.

Click here to read the study.

Diabetes – yoga associated lifestyle can help with the management of Type 2 diabetics and its associated risk factors.

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Increased Energy – The use of yoga ‘power poses’ are perceived by their users to increase their energy levels! 

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Increases the chances of a date – According to wired and some of the top dating sites yoga is an excellent aspect of creating a good profile and helps you generate a match!

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Rejuvenates pancreatic cells – Some Yoga poses stretch the pancreas, which aids the production of insulin-producing beta cells. 

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Improves breathing – The breathing exercise associated with Yoga allows you to improve your lung capacity! 

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Regulate your bowels – There are several poses such as the Toe pose and the boat pose that can aid digestion! 

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Decrease gut bloating – The same poses that can regulate your bowels can also decrease bloating. 

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Immunity – Fight that cold – Yoga has been shown to improve the immune function within the body.

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Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – doctors even prescribe gentle wrist and arm movements that to aid Carpal Tunnel! There are a few more yoga hand exercises that can aid the healing process.

Click here to read the study.

Improve cardiovascular health – There are endless studies that show Yoga can help your cardiovascular health.

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Helps you quit smoking – Hopkins medicine even claims that Yoga can help with smoking cessation.

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Reduce falls in the elderly – Yoga can help balance, and this has been connected to reducing falls and confidence in elderly people.

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Improved body awareness – Yoga has been shown to reduce the amount of self-objectification that individuals put themselves through 

Circulatory System 

Bloody pressure – This paper suggests that Yoga Improves diastolic blood pressure! 

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Improved blood flow to organs – Many yoga practices, lead to increased activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which increases the blood flow to the intestines and other organs. 

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Reduce cholesterol – Yoga is named as one of the ways to reduce high cholesterol – that means a much healthier heart! 

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Improves Myocardial Perfusion – There is an improvement in cholesterol levels is improved, and you can have increased blood flow, this is further investigated, and Yoga has a demonstrated improvement in myocardial perfusion in people with ischaemic heart disease. 

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Improves Glucose levels – This study shows that the use of Yoga can enhance your blood sugar level! 

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Skeletal Health 

Improve posture – With muscle strength improving this leads to a better posture. 

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Protects your spine – building your abdominal and other muscles will allow you to protect your spine. 

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Bone health – This can be improved through the use of Yoga.

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Yoga can help prevent the breakdown of cartilage and joints.

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Loosen stiff joint in osteoarthritis patients.

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Flat Feet 

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Muscular Health 

Improves your flexibility

Click here to read the study

Reduce back pain

Click here to read the study

Releases tension in your muscles.

Click here to read the study.

Increase muscle strength.

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Improve the tone of muscles.

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Mental Health and brain function 

Reduces Stress

Click here to read the study

Relieves depression.

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Reduce anxiety 

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Improves mood

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Improves self-esteem

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Improves mindfulness

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Improve concentration

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Inner peace- Feel more relaxed and peaceful when you do Yoga

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Self-compassion, Yoga is about the mind and soul too! It can help yourself be more compassion with oneself.

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Intrapersonal relationship – Yoga can help improve your relationship with yourself. 

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Self-sooth – With a mindful aspect as well as focusing on exercise, Yoga can help you self-sooth. 

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Reaction time – Be quick! Yoga can increase your reaction time.

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Working Memory – Speed and accuracy of the working memory is also a key benefit of Yoga. 

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Mental balance – The mind is also a key aspect of Yoga – well Yoga can help with your inner peace and mental balance.

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Delayed recall – Can you remind me… yoga can help with concentration and improve your delayed recall! 

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Immediate recall – being asked to speak back a shopping list you have been given? Well, this form of exercise can help you with immediate recall. 

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Visual retention – Do you remember? Yoga can help you remember the visual aspects of things.

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Visual recognition – Improve your ability to recognise things visually. 

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IQ – It has been proven that in both children and older people, Yoga can contribute to an increase in an individuals IQ scores.

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Task switching – yoga can help with coordination and concentration and now also task switching.

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Relationships – Yoga holds promise to help with interpersonal relationships 

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Better intuition – Yoga is an ancient discipline that improves mindful focus, including intuition. 

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Self-control – Yoga helps you relax but also can improve your self-control.

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Improve productivity – This resource says it improves work productivity… but why not apply this in every aspect of your life! 

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Community connectedness – your sense of connection with others and sense of community, will improve the more you practice Yoga.

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Social confidence – Improves social confidence in children – a combination of massage, Yoga and relaxation within young children with identified emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

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Communication – The same combination of massage, Yoga and relaxation within young children with identified emotional and behavioural difficulties has also proven to help them communicate. 

Click here to read the study

Reproductive, Pregnancy and Menopause Benefits 

Sexual function – Yoga has proven to improve sexual functions and help with sexual disorders in women.

Click here to read the study 

Premature Ejaculation – Want that feeling to last longer? Practicing Yoga helps improve premature ejaculation in men. 

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Blood flow – Yoga has been shown to increase blood flow to your reproductive organs.

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Improves Maternal Comfort – Getting comfortable is difficult while you are pregnant, well Yoga can definitely help you with that! 

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Time in labour – Yoga has been shown to reduce time in the first stage of labour and the total time! 

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Labour pain – Top tip: Yoga can reduce your labour pain, win! 

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Climacteric Syndrome – It is proven to improve hot flushes, night sweats and cognitive functions for people with climacteric syndrome. 

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Birth weight – Yoga is proven to improve a baby’s birth weight.

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Preterm Labour – Yoga reduces the chances of preterm labour. 

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Intrauterine Growth Restriction – This is where the Fetus is not growing at the expected rate, Yoga is proven to reduce regardless of if it is in isolation or associated with Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH). 

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Uteroplacental circulation – Yoga is proven to reduce impedance in uteroplacental circulation, which delivers nutrients to the Fetus. 

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Fetoplacental Circulation – Yoga is proven to reduce impedance in the fetoplacental circulation. 

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Menopause – There is evidence that Yoga can relieve urogenital and psychological symptoms associated with menopause. 

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Improves Adiponectin level. These improvements have proved to occur in obese postmenopausal women. Better Adiponectin level can improve inflammation insulin resistance and reduce the risk of diabetes. 

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Serum Lipids Levels – The lipid levels are utilised to indicate cardiac function are proven to improve in postmenopausal women. 

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Reduces metabolic risk – The reduced metabolic risk occurs in obese postmenopausal women. 

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Long-Term Conditions 

Fibromyalgia – Yoga is a common exercise recommended for people with fibromyalgia as it is a way to stretch muscles and joints gently. 

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Yoga has been proven to improve bladder function, pain, spasticity, weakness, and walking in people with MS. 

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Stroke – As Yoga has several poses that focus on balance yoga can improve post-stroke patients balance. 

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Ulcerative Colitis – This study has proven that Yoga can improve your quality of life for people suffering from Colitis.

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Rheumatoid arthritis – As an exercise, you can do to the extent you feel able it can help ease your joints, leading to improvements in your physical and psychological symptoms. 

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Osteoarthritis – Yoga can help an individual with osteoarthritis to realign their skeletal structure. 

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PTSD – As Yoga is about mind-body and soul, it was found to be a useful adjunct treatment for people with PTSD. 

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Schizophrenia – According to this study yoga may be a variable alternative for mental illnesses. 

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Coronary Heart Disease – This study shows how Yoga decreases anginal episodes in patients with Coronary heart disease.

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Coronary Lesions- According to scans taken, people who participate in Yoga had a regression of coronary lesions! 

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IBS – Yoga can improve the bioenergy circulation around the intestines reducing the symptoms of IBS. 

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Chronic bronchitis – According to experts, Yoga can improve lung function when used in conjunction with other conventional forms of therapy for COPD patients.

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Reduces fatigue in Cancer patient – this study shows how the use of Yoga can moderately reduce fatigue currently with and post Cancer. 

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Can help ease Asthma – Within the different types of Yoga there is a focus on your breathing as well as the pose you are in. This can increase your lung capacity and help with day-to-day lung function.

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Help Asthma while exercising – This study shows that yoga breathing techniques used long-term can decrease exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in Bronchial Asthma patients.

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Heart Failure – This study indicates that Yoga can help with cardiovascular endurance, quality of life, inflammatory markers, and flexibility in people with heart failure. 

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Think we have missed a few? 

Let us know in the comments below! 

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Hot Yoga: The Definitive Guide https://ritualhotyoga.com/hot-yoga-the-definitive-guide/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 11:49:22 +0000 https://ritualhotyoga.com/?p=5259 Hot yoga has its origins in India, a country well known for longevity.  The explanations for this long life expectancy are said to revolve around the ability to achieve an equal balance between physical and spiritual wellness.  This is one of the reasons that yoga plays such a big part in the lives of the […]

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Hot yoga has its origins in India, a country well known for longevity. 

The explanations for this long life expectancy are said to revolve around the ability to achieve an equal balance between physical and spiritual wellness. 

This is one of the reasons that yoga plays such a big part in the lives of the Indian population and why you should learn about how it can help you.

For the majority of adults, life can be stressful. 

Often you try to juggle work and family life, or perhaps even battle with mental health issues. 

Not only that, wherever you work, office, factory or even outdoors, much of your day is likely spent either stationary, or doing repetitive movements, sometimes in a less-than-ideal environment. 

All of these factors inevitably take their toll on your body. It is easy to develop poor posture habits and become overweight or unfit.  

Mentally, you may become stale too. Sadly, many people find themselves feeling lethargic and disinterested in life.

Hot yoga is a perfect way to remove yourself entirely from the constraints of life’s stressful environment; an opportunity to completely unwind and renew your energy. 

Hot yoga represents so much more than just a way to exercise due to the way it seamlessly combines both physical and mental benefits.

What is Hot Yoga?

Hot yoga is most definitely NOT a fad! 

The practices we teach in our classes and our retreats go back many hundreds of years. 

Unfortunately, it has only been in relatively recent times that the Western world has started to see and feel the benefits of them. 

If you don’t already practice yoga, you’re in for a treat.

 If you do, hot yoga can bring a whole new level to your practice. 

Put into very simple terms, hot yoga is a formatted pattern of movements, completed in a set period of time, which are undertaken in a very specific indoor environment. 

This combination of factors has a whole host of health benefits and will not only improve the strength and flexibility of your body, it will also teach you to relax and clear your busy mind.

The History of Hot Yoga

Using yoga techniques as a form of exercise is far from new – the history of hot yoga actually began hundreds of years ago in India. 

Using these same movements as a form of exercise is not a modern invention. A large part of India is either tropical or sub-tropical, which means that temperatures through the year rarely fall below 80F and can go beyond 120F through the summer months. 

Hot yoga began as a truly organic activity due, in part, to the local climate. 

Yoga, as we first knew it, did not really come to the attention of most of the Western world until the 1970s, when it achieved a reasonable level of popularity following Richard Hittleman’s TV series ‘Yoga For Health’. 

Inevitably, a lot of yoga ‘experts’ jumped on the bandwagon which led to a spate of evening classes and other similar events.

The concept of hot yoga, practised in its original format, did not really emerge until Indian-born Bikram Choudhury moved to the United States. 

Here he found it virtually impossible to attain the same levels of flexibility and focus in the much colder climate. He overcame this by moving high-powered heaters into his studio and hot yoga as we know it was ‘invented’. 

When students switched their existing yoga practices to the hot yoga methods, they were impressed with the rapid results and quickly became avid fans.

The UK and Europe were even slower on the uptake. Hot yoga classes did not become a reality until 1999. Twenty years later it has now become one of the country’s fastest-growing forms of intense exercise.

Types of Hot Yoga

The most commonly practised version of hot yoga is Bikram. This was the style developed by Bikram Choudhury in the early 1970s, following his lifelong practice of performing yoga in hot, humid climates.

 It is considered the most disciplined form, with every class lasting a set 90 minutes, following the same movement patterns and with specified room conditions. This format is strictly adhered to by many qualified Bikram Yoga instructors, so a class anywhere in the world should be identical.

Naturally, numerous Bikram Yoga copycats have put in an appearance and many other versions of hot yoga have emerged over the years. 

Most have not achieved the same level of followers as Bikram, but those that are still regularly practised include:

Forrest Yoga, which began in 1982 and features less intense movements than Bikram. Each pose is held for a long period of time with a higher emphasis on slow stretching and breathing.

Core Power Yoga, first seen in 2002, is the complete opposite to the Forrest version. It concentrates mainly on vigorous movements and also brings in elements from other disciplines.

Moksha Yoga aka ‘Green Yoga’ is the closest in format to Bikram, although with higher accentuation on movements and sounds representing nature. This makes it more akin to Tai Chi.

Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is the most diverse form. It uses different parts of several formats and offers a number of variations on the theme.

Ritual Hot Yoga (the style we teach) is a new version of hot yoga that totally changes the way that hot yoga is both taught and experienced.

Created by Lindsey Kaalberg, Ritual Hot Yoga was born out of frustration with the Yoga industry and the ‘guru’ mentality that exists within Yoga. At Ritual you will soon see the difference.

Our teachers are all professional, full-time staff and our class sizes are kept small. Ritual uses the most effective techniques from all the types of Yoga there is and these are bound together through breathing to the beat.

It is this exciting concept of inhaling and exhaling to the beat helps you to control your breathing and maximises the benefits of Yoga.

Ritual blends the experience of a luxury spa with the ancient philosophies of yoga to create an experience that has people raving.

How is Hot Yoga Different to Other Types of Yoga?

There is certainly nothing wrong with practising any sort of yoga, providing the movements are performed in a relaxed environment and are completed correctly. 

Unfortunately, it is sometimes these two requirements that cause the most problems for many people. 

If you have ever tried learning from a book, a DVD or online instructor, you will know exactly what this means. Trying to watch, or read, someone performing a movement, and then achieve it yourself isn’t easy. 

There’s also no one there to make sure you have the correct form at all times. 

Worse still, can be attending a class in a cold town hall or noisy local gym. 

Mediocre instruction fails to provide an enjoyable, beneficial experience and you may finish the class feeling less relaxed than you were before it and certainly not invigorated. 

In the worst-case scenario, injuries are possible.

This is where hot yoga (and especially Ritual Hot Yoga)  is different, whether you choose a mixed class, a one-to-one session, or devote some time out for yourself at one of our retreats. 

All our classes and retreats are focused on exercising in a comfortable environment, with qualified instructors

What are the Benefits of Hot Yoga?

There are multiple benefits to practising hot yoga, but it is the principles behind it that ultimately define them. There are three main factors involved: the combination of heat/humidity in the exercise environment, the movements themselves and focus/breathing techniques.

Heat and humidity have a huge effect on the way the body operates. 

Muscles are warmed and able to perform more efficiently, then capillaries become dilated and send oxygen more efficiently around the body. 

The pulse rate is raised, more calories are used, and circulation dramatically improves.

Once the body starts to sweat in an attempt to keep cool, toxins are released through the skin. The heat and humidity of the room promotes ‘all over’ sweating, which further encourages organs, such as the liver and kidneys, to detoxify too.

The movements themselves are not only designed to stretch muscles, they also improve posture and promote core strength, which is believed to aid colonic function. 

The movements, when combined with deep breathing techniques, allow the mind to focus and become synchronized with the body. 

This in turn releases endorphins. This process is described by experienced practitioners as feeling akin to a deep state of meditation. 

Who Should Try Hot Yoga?

We like to say “everybody” should try hot yoga, simply because the benefits are so far-reaching and not at all restricted by age, sex or size. 

Hot yoga is not a walk in the park though. If you’re not an experienced yoga practitioner, you should expect to feel challenged by your classes. If you find it easy straight away, something isn’t quite right!

If you have not tried hot yoga before, there are few pieces of advice you should take on board to maximise your enjoyment of the experience and avoid any discomfort. 

First and foremost, wear comfortable sports clothing – you’re going to get very sweaty during a session. 

Avoid eating for a couple of hours before your class, a full stomach will quickly become uncomfortable. Don’t drink any alcohol or you will dehydrate.

Bringing water is a must for the session. However, don’t drink too much immediately before a class, excess water swirling around in your very hot stomach will not be a pleasant sensation and may even make you feel ‘seasick’.  (At Ritual Hot Yoga you are supplied with bottled water for each session)

Always approach your classes with the attitude of being able to achieve a little more each time. You’re not going to become a hot yoga expert overnight and there will be days when you seem to have setbacks. Always try to focus on the bigger picture, rather than on any small failure. 

Etiquette is important in hot yoga classes, in terms of how you should respond if you are having difficulties or need to take a break. 

For example, it could be as simple as taking a specific relaxed posture to indicate you are on a ‘timeout’. Be led by your instructor on this point, as etiquette may vary a little between different classes. 

Make sure you’re aware of your specific class’s habits in this respect.

We do need to mention some specific conditions where we would advise abstinence from hot yoga sessions without the advice of a medical professional. The following people will need to talk to their doctor before starting a course:

  • Pregnant ladies
  • Diabetics
  • Those with high blood pressure, or coronary conditions
  • Anyone who has had a recent surgical procedure

There are no doubt exceptions and workarounds to every condition on the list. But, if you do fall into any of these categories, take medical advice before joining in a hot yoga session.

How to Start Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is not just another ’exercise class’ – it is much more of an all-round, holistic experience. Our ethos is that it should be thought of in this way by students and instructors alike. 

The best way for you to start might be by joining a group session in an experienced class. At Ritual Hot Yoga we offer a 10 day unlimited session trial that allows you to experience Hot Yoga to see if it is for you.

Because of the very specific temperature and humidity conditions needed, which form a big part of the hot yoga principles, it is difficult to replicate them at home. It is also essential that the movements and breathing are carried out in the correct way, which is hard to do while watching a video or trying to learn online or from a book.

Not only is it important to have an instructor that knows the format of the exercises, it’s important he/she explains the etiquette and is trained to observe students’ capabilities. Such an instructor knows the signs of a student that needs to take a rest, an important part of your progression and learning.

Conclusion

Hot yoga is a system designed to benefit the body and the mind. As such, the practice is holistic and demanding. Thousands of people practise hot yoga and enjoy the improvements it brings to their lives. If you think it may be for you, take the first steps today to get involved.

Contact us with any questions you have, or if you feel you are ready to book your very first session. A truly transformational journey awaits you. In as little as a month from now, your mind and body can be improved beyond your expectations.

Thanks for reading

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