If you’re new to yoga then it might surprise you to know that not all yoga is the same. Depending on what you’re looking for in a workout and your ability level there are all kinds of yoga to suit your needs. One yoga class might differ from another quite significantly depending on the type of yoga that is being practiced.
hot yoga, or bikram yoga as it is sometimes called, is a series of twenty-six to thirty postures practiced in a heated environment. The room is typically heated to a temperature of 105 degrees. The heat warms muscles, soothes joints and detoxifies the body. The hot classes at most studios are beginner-friendly and easier options are always given for each pose to accommodate different levels of practice. The heat really opens the muscles of the body which makes it easier to move deeper into stretches. Classes are either sixty minutes or ninety minutes. The ninety minute classes can be difficult to handle due to the excessive heat so if you are brand new to hot yoga start with the sixty minute class and work your way up.
bikram yoga mats, although hard to come by are the best option available if you are strictly doing this style of yoga. They are specific to managing sweat and traction in one. They have 3 main qualities to them, not to different from regular yoga but slightly varied. The bottom is sticky so the mat stays put, the main part of the mat is designed for cushioning and then the top layer is most definitely for sweat absorption. These full meal deals can often be washed in the machine and put in the dryer, which is really easy maintenance compared to other yoga mats out there. Pricing you can expect to pay $60 and up for a bikram yoga mat. Shop around and online is really the best place to start.
“I’m the least metrosexual cat you’ve ever met says George I’ve never had my fingernails or toenails done and I’ve cut my own hair longer than other hot yoga poses people have cut my hair.”
The bonus and icing on the cake for all of her hard work? Elaine has lost 25 pounds and went down three sizes in her jeans. “I take no meds and I feel certain my health will only continue to improve. Yoga feeds my soul and I love it,” Elaine said confidently with a smiling happy yoga face!