What is Hot Yoga?
At Ignite Yoga, our hot yoga classes are known as Power yoga and are the bread and butter of all our yoga classes. Hot yoga can refer to many styles of yoga, including Bikram yoga, hot vinyasa yoga, gentle yoga classes taught in a hot room, or Power yoga. If you’re on this page, one thing is for certain—you’re interested in practicing yoga in a heated or hot room. The style you’ll learn about here is the most powerful form of hot yoga available, power yoga. And if you’re curious about the other styles mentioned above, read our blog, “The many faces of hot yoga.”
Power yoga is a rigorous form of yoga that strengthens and tones your whole body. It’s taught in a room heated to about 95 degrees with enough humidity that allows your body to cool by sweating optimally. The heat of the room warms your muscles and moves you deeper into your practice more quickly. If you’ve ever sat in a sauna or steam room, youknow the benefit heat can have on your muscles and the rejuvenating effect you feel following a good sweat session. Take that feeling and add movement, you have a practice that integrates every tissue and cell to create a transformational yoga practice.
There are hot yoga studios across the world that regularly offer power yoga classes. Not all are created equal, however. There are a few things we have mastered at Ignite Yoga to make our Power yoga classes the best hot yoga in Centerville.
Power yoga is a modern form of yoga built from traditional practices such as Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, and Iyengar yoga. It’s a style of vinyasa yoga that typically begins with Sun Salutation A and B and gradually moves into more dynamic sequencing that may include lunging, twisting, squatting, and building core strength–all movement that we need and use in every day life. In addition, you may find more challenging components, such as arm balancing or inverting, to encourage curiosity in the way you move. Infuse all of that with powerful Ujjayi breath, and you have a practice that leaves you feeling powerful in your body.
When you feel powerful in your body, it frees you up to explore your mind. Thought leader Tony Robbins says, “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
This is the belief of Power yoga. When you stimulate yourself physically, it creates an immediate mental shift that has the potential to generate amazing results in any area of your life.
Our lives change not in one choice, but in our commitment to that choice over and over again. To show up on your yoga mat is a matter of choice and discipline. The individuals that see the most powerful results from their hot yoga and power yoga practices are the ones that show-up again and again and use what’s happening on their mat as an avenue of transformation..