We’ll convince you to practice yoga in a room with thermometers scoring 40 degrees.
Bikram Choudhury began spreading his yoga method in the early 70’s but it was only 40 years after the thing began to pick up. The Indian master prepared a room with a summer-time climate close to his homeland , compiled 26 positions of Hatha Yoga – the most traditional and ancient mode – added two basic breathing exercises and created the hot yoga or Bikram of the More modern methods of yoga, celebrity darling like Madonna, George Clooney and Pippa Middleton . There are over 1500 certified Bikram Yoga centers around the world today and in September of last year, São Paulo won its first studio.
Yes, you can!
Following the democratic principle of yoga , anyone can accompany the class – yes, even if you do not reach your hands on the floor at the time of stretching. Back pain, knee problems, or any other body hurdle also do not exclude you from practice. Andrea also says the 40-degree room is a great asset for beginners: ” Heat helps muscles and joints relax and it’s just people who have to” get lighter “in practice at the beginning who most need this benefit to Not hurt. Heat helps prevent injury and allows the student to advance more deeply into postures , thus gaining more benefits from each asana. “
The postures – or asanas for the understood ones – already have the objective to increase the corporal temperature and to detoxify the organism , but with the thermometers simulating one day of December in Ipanema the pump thing! “There is no practice of yoga in unheated room that makes people sweat so much as in a hot yoga room. That is, detoxification is more efficient in warm room. Also lost much liquid, so it is always important To refill body fluids after school, “says Andrea. She asks that the students arrive in the classroom already well hydrated and also have a bottle of water ready for rehydration during the practice. It is even normal to feel dizziness and nausea in the first few classes and excessive sweating can cause imbalance and loss of nutrients. If you go to class, take your bottle of isotonic or coconut water!
In addition to a power detox, doing hot yoga improves your body inside and out:
– Cleanses the circulatory system and tones the blood
– Improves strength by putting muscle tissue in the ideal condition for its reorganization and recovery
– Reorganizes lipids (fat ) In the muscular structure
But beware, practicing hot yoga does not mean that you can stretch your rug in the sauna and sweep away. The room temperature in the studio is controlled to be close to 40º and the relative humidity is also monitored. Who wants to feel the effects of yoga on a daily basis can practice the postures at home normally, without the air conditioning or in a park, on a summer day. But it seems that it has the potential to vitiate: “… for those who get used to practicing them [the postures] in the warm room they lose grace without the heat! Heat is a great mental challenge, it does not help only part Physical relaxation of muscles and joints, it helps in focus and concentration,
Healed body and mind
Most of the students at Andrea’s hot yoga studio seek, of course, to lose weight and tone muscles. Am I going to get cured like Madonna? Of course it is possible to advance in practice, lose weight and gain a few corners here and there, but like any physical exercise, hot yoga requires a lot of dedication and focus. Yoga , be it hot, cold, work your mental muscles, tolerance, patience and connect your body with your emotional control center. As a hot yoga instructor , Andrea has already witnessed a lot of the mental benefit that the practice brings: “The practitioner gets calmer, more focused, less stressed, happier, enjoying more of himself … We’ve heard several newcomers arrive here Speaking: ‘ My friend is so different since she began to practice hot yoga that I decided to see what is doing so well! ‘ You do not know how gratifying it is to hear such an observation! “
Fierce Grace: There’s something new out there
For those who are addicted to a new fitness, we have a good time for you: Fierce Grace , an “evolution” of Bikram Yoga arrives in Brazil in May and Andrea will teach. “Each class focuses on different aspects and needs, but they all have the same basis, so it does not matter which class the student appears in. He is always working on the basics in all of them. We have been testing one of these classes and students have given a Very positive response! “, Says the expert.