Blog 2016-11-02T15:33:27+00:00

What to Expect for Hot Yoga

It is going to be very hot Beginning lessons start at 95 degrees. The intermediate classes are at 105 degrees. Each class is 90 minutes in the heat stretching in a specific sequence of 26 poses. You might get a little dizzy, nauseous, light-headed or fatigued from the heat. This is totally normal. You will sweat. A lot. Sweating buckets is the norm in Hot Yoga, particularly in the beginning. All the sweating is good for the detoxification and exfoliation of your body. It is important to go in hydrated, because it is easy to get dehydrated with the amount of sweating. Know that everyone is sweating just as much as you, if not more, and just let it happen. It will be difficult at first. It’s usually a good idea to try Hot Yoga after you have intermediate level experience with non-heated Yoga. Attempting the complex stretches in the heat is an intense experience that can lead to soreness. After your first class, going back for your second class as soon as possible afterward is best so your body can get used to stretching under the heat. Learning to trust your body and let go of control can be difficult physically and mentally, but that is the good thing about Hot Yoga; it is a rewarding challenge. It's [...]

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What Makes a Yoga Studio Great?

Yoga is the perfect way to de-stress from a hectic day. Part meditation, part exercise, yoga brings peace and tranquility to your body through the flow of movements. At Flow Pilates and Yoga Studio of Oldsmar, we understand that not all classes are created equally. The pace, energy, and difficulty of a class can impact how a student feels when they leave the studio. That is why we strive to make our studio one of the best places for people to get the most from their practice. Below are some factors to consider when choosing a studio: Instructors Energy How an instructor leads a class can make the difference between a good and great center.  A teacher should be calm, focused, and centered while going through the poses. But they should also be enthusiastic about teaching. When a yoga instructor, like the instructors at Flow Pilates and Yoga Studio in Oldsmar, radiates joy, the pupils follow in suit. Pace of the Class Although everyone is expected and couraged to go at their own pace, the flow and speed of the class generally depends on which type of yoga you choose. Beginner classes tend to move at a slower, more focused rate. This allows for new students to become comfortable with the poses and correct any issues with posture and [...]

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Benefits of Yoga

Life is beautiful, but complicated. Work, school, money and all of life’s complexities will inevitably take their toll on our physical and mental states of being. Each person handles stress differently, and a lot of how we manage our stress is dependent upon our lifestyles. When you make the decision to incorporate the practice of yoga into your life you will notice dramatic affects in how you handle life’s tension. For many people who work or are in school during the week, weekends are a haven. We keep our heads down and power through the five days of the week leading up to Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. At 5 o’clock the happy hour rush hour begins. People pour into the bars while bartenders pour them their drinks. Beer, wine and liquor flows throughout the night and the dramatic ease in tension leaves people feeling lose and relaxed, but vulnerable to bad decisions and uncontrollable emotions. When the night finally comes to an end the depressant in alcohol eases drinkers to sleep. The down side to this kind of behavior and ‘unwinding’ sinks in upon waking the next morning. After sleeping in and wasting the morning, people who use alcohol to de-stress usually suffer headaches, guilt, a depleted bank account, and the painful realization that no problems were solved. [...]

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