Surprising Benefits of Hot Yoga

Everyone knows practicing yoga is good for you. But what many people don’t realize is just how many health benefits there are to gain from practicing it—especially when it comes to the hot yoga classesin Oldsmar offered at Flow Pilates. This physical activity isn’t just for those looking to find more balance and peace in their life, although those surely are common reasons to attend. It also isn’t just for the flexible! Hot yoga classes will tone your muscles and burn around 1,000 calories per class. But they also have more specific health benefits to consider: Depression/Anxiety The postures of Bikram help to improve lung functioning; breathing is restricted to the nose which helps reduce your body’s “fight or flight” response that makes you feel worked up and out of breath. Instead, you will feel calm and concentrated through your workout. Also, the nervous and endocrine systems become harmonized which will help you gain control of your emotions, and sleep better. It has even helped people who consider themselves insomniacs, which makes sense because insomnia is usually attributed to lack of exercise, depression, and/or imbalances in your body’s chemistry. Arthritis & injuries Extending and twisting your joints in the heated room (between 85-105 degrees) will alleviate you of any stiffness and pain throughout your body. It can also help with back and neck pain, headaches, scoliosis, etc. because it improves the alignment and functioning of your spine. Skin By continually attending hot yoga classes in our Oldsmar studio you will soon start to notice a [...]

By | 2016-11-02T15:58:29+00:00 October 4th, 2014|

Don’t Sweat It: Hot Yoga Classes in Oldsmar

There are many different types of yoga, but hot yoga seems to be the one that intimidates newbies the most. Some are a little weary to start practicing because they are shy and don't want to look silly. But what most people don't realize is when you step into the studio you leave all judgments and negative thinking at the door. It is a calming, peaceful and 100% individual experience. You don't have to worry about falling out of postures, being unable to balance for as long as others, or not being able to bend in ways others can. It is called a “practice” for a reason-- you'll get there! Below are some of the most common concerns and fears (and a few misconceptions!) regarding hot yoga classes-- and why they shouldn't hold you back from trying one of our beginner yoga classes this week: I'm not flexible. One of the main reasons to start practicing is to increase your flexibility! After only a few classes you will notice a significant difference in your flexibility (on top of muscle tone and strength). Also, the heated room provides the perfect environment for your muscles to stretch and relax-- so you don't have to worry about over extending yourself. You should only go to where you feel comfortable, and for everyone that is a different place. I am going to pass out. The room is not so hot that you will pass out-- we guarantee that. But, if it is one of your first hot yoga classes [...]

By | 2016-11-02T15:57:46+00:00 May 6th, 2014|

Hot Yoga: What Are the Benefits?

At Flow Pilates in Oldsmar our hot yoga classes can get pretty intense-- in a good way! With the temperature of the room set to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s a guarantee that this will be a workout like you’ve never had before.  With all the hype surrounding these classes, maybe you’ve been considering trying it out, but you still aren’t sure. Here are some benefits to be gained from hot yoga: The heat promotes flexibility. Cold stiff muscles are not going to stretch as comfortably as warm ones.  As your muscles heat up, they will become more receptive to longer and deeper stretches, allowing you to get a better workout. The heat allows you to reach new personal bests while stretching, which is always a great feeling. Greatly decrease the chance of injury. Some people worry that they may hurt themselves with all of the intense stretches, but in a heated room, your muscles will become much more fluid, and much less likely to be injured. Before taking a hot yoga class at Flow Pilates in Oldsmar, be sure to let your instructor know of any past injuries you may have, so they can better guide you through the positions. Full body detoxification. Think of this as a facial for your entire body. Sweating will rid your body of its toxins, as well as clearing out your pores.  Stretching alone permits your muscles to rid themselves of toxins, and the heat only promotes this. Cardio, cardio, cardio! Your heart rate can increase to the same [...]

By | 2016-11-02T13:13:05+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|

Yoga- How Difficult?

Yoga is the practice of unionizing the mind, body, and spirit through physical poses and posture. Most people associate yoga with stretching, but stretching is not the only exercise involved. It is a practice that builds strength and flexibility to create balance in the body by maintaining postures. Each posture has a specific benefit for the body. For example, many poses increase back and abdominal strength. Poses such as boat pose, side plank, and crow strengthen the core through the use of several different muscles. Every class has a different level of difficulty, so whether you are just beginning, intermediate, or advanced there is a class that will satisfy your pace. Beginning Classes: Hot Beginner: In this class, the temperature is set to 94 degrees. It is a hatha-flow style that includes beginning-intermediate poses. It will leave you feeling strong, stretched, and relaxed. Beginner: This class will teach you the basics of yoga. You will learn how to breathe correctly, hold poses, and practice alignment. It is an hour long class that focuses on strength and flexibility. Stress Relief: This class includes gentle and revitalizing postures and stretches. It relaxes and calms both body and mind. Music and aromatherapy (relaxing scents) are used to create a soothing environment. Intermediate Hatha: Hatha, or traditional yoga, will focus on stretching and alignment, along with being able to hold poses. It focuses on postures that create balance and will teach you relaxation methods. It has a slightly higher difficulty level than a beginner class. Intermediate-Advanced Classes: Hot: This [...]

By | 2016-11-02T15:22:42+00:00 December 11th, 2013|

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 called a practice for a reason. It builds strength in every muscle group. This can help runners, and people with back problems. It also provides stress relief. The muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, organs, glands, tissues, bones [...]

By | 2016-11-02T13:19:56+00:00 December 11th, 2013|

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 positioning. We believe that an instructor should pace the movements based on the experience of the students in that particular class. A less experienced pupil will need more time to work on the basic poses than [...]

By | 2016-11-02T15:58:40+00:00 November 2nd, 2013|

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. Now think about if, instead of rushing to the bar at 5 o’clock on a Friday night, you did yoga instead. Instead of going to the bar you go to a studio, a beach, or a [...]

By | 2016-10-21T15:40:11+00:00 November 28th, 2012|