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But, why HOT yoga?
The answer is different for everyone.
Once you experience a class or two, no more words are needed.
On the outside, hot yoga may seem like an extreme sport. Yes, it can be challenging, but the rewards are far greater than the initial push it takes to step on the mat for your first class.
To Maintain the Engine
Everybody needs a maintenance plan. A steady routine that keeps you moving forward and feeling human. When we stop moving and become inert, that's when we start to break down. The beauty of a steady yoga practice, especially a heated one - is that it keeps you supple, allows you to maintain access to a healthy range of motion and increases your metabolism. If you have extra weight to lose, it will certainly help you drop a few. If you struggle with chronic stress or anxiety, hot yoga can help you to ease your symptoms, de-stress and feel more comfortable in your own skin.
But how does hot yoga help?
Hot yoga works on several levels. The first is obvious, it creates a challenging environment for your nervous system. The added "effort" it requires to thrive in the room, makes you body and mind adapt with more efficiency. Over time, the heat feels normal and you are firing on all cylinders. You become stronger and more resilient to external stressors. This translates to feeling more at peace, focused and productive.
Hot yoga stimulates blood circulation to your muscles, joints, organs, glands, and every system of the body—even the nervous system. We follow a therapeutic yoga lineage designed to heal the body bringing you into greater balance. During class, oxygen-rich blood sequentially reaches every organ, including any areas of injury (old and new), and any damaged cells. This class is designed to restore and strengthen, bringing your body and mind into balance and optimal health. With a consistant practice, the better you'll feel and the healthier you'll become.
The impossible, becomes possible: a note from Lara
I started my hot yoga practice because I needed to get moving again. I thought I began for physical reasons, but the deeper reasons I discovered are what keeps me on my mat year after year.
Through my yoga practice, I first discovered new ways to move my body. Strength and flexibility that seemed totally out of reach for me at my first class soon opened up for me. I still tell my students: "Here in yoga practice, impossible things happen and the impossible becomes possible."
I discovered that if I could make such great strides physically with my strength and flexibility and my focus and peace of mind, maybe the obstacles I faced outside of the practice room could be overcome as well. I approached my whole life with more energy, confidence and love. My whole life expanded with new possibilities.
Read more about Lara's incredible journey & feel the difference for yourself!
It's a New Year and here are some Keys to your Successful Wellness Lifestyle!
by Lara Alexiou
Small, daily successes keep you motivated on your way of wellness. Find positive, little consistent routines within your day to keep you grounded and focused in the chaos life inevitably brings.
Use the SHY App to check into your class ahead of time. This not only ensures your spot, you can link it to your calendar to remind you that class is coming up. Finding a routine and being accountable - like checking in ahead of time - allows you to thoughtfully plan your Hot Yoga routine in advance.
You'll enjoy keeping the commitment you made to yourself to attend. After all, the promises we make to ourselves are the easiest to break, but also the most rewarding in their followthrough.
Over time, seeing your progress and feeling your best will be motivation enough and class will become a favorite part of your day!
When you attend your class, you're building a solid foundation for your mind and body that reaches outside the Hot Room.
Try your best every time. Don't expect to understand every piece of every posture when you begin. Just do what your strength and flexibility allows as you understand the posture. Our trained staff is keeping eye on your alignment and will help you make necessary adjustments to maximize your personal potential.
A Hot Yoga practice builds not only your body, but your determination and confidence. Improvements in your postures really will extend to your whole world. Hard to believe? Just ask anyone in class with you to share their story!
Familiar with the fable about the Tortoise and Hare? The fast Rabbit doesn't win the race. The Tortoise perseveres with his slow and steady behavior.
Choose a schedule you can maintain. Being consistent and committing to yourself creates lasting transformation.
Every Class Counts:
Need a little more motivation to keep up your healthy lifestyle? Now, every class you attend at Steamtown Yoga not only benefits you and those around you, but also those less fortunate.
We've partnered with Sweat Angels who connects us each month with a specific charity.
When you maintain your practice and "check-in" to Steamtown hot yoga on Facebook or use our location tag in Instagram, you help someone in need.
Our December charity is #toysfortots and using the unique hashtag #books4kids when you checked in to Steamtown Hot Yoga, every 15 check-in donated a book to a child.
By the second week of December, we collectively through the orginazation contributed to more than 15,000 books for kids.
More about the program can be found at: www.steamtownyoga.com in the events tab.
In January it's cold out! And many people lack the resources they need to protect against the winter weather. Our January charity is Soles4Souls to help those in need stay warm.
Every 10 check-ins helps along with #keepamericawarm, provides a winter coat to someone in need.
If you are reading this and already are a member, please help grow the SHY community and introduce a friend to your yoga lifestyle.
If you are new and are thinking about getting started, navigate to the new student tab, sign up, and get ready to step into your best self!
Yanni & Lara