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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|

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|