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April 27, 2015
Can anyone give me any feedback on this style? I went to a generic Hot Yoga class once on vacation, and had a good time, but there is nothing like this where I live.
Also, does anyone kow anything about the hot or Bikram Yoga instructor certification courses? Thank you in advance for your help.
April 27, 2015
Pros and Cons of Hot Yoga Certification
Blood vessels dilate and blood pressure decreases when yoga is performed under extreme heat and humidity. Hot yoga, which is available in many varieties, focuses on the use of heat to improve the flexibility and functioning of the body. Specifically, hot yoga targets toxins and metabolic wastes in the body for swift removal to improve overall health.
The Pros of Hot Yoga Certification
One of the best things in learning to become an instructor for these types of classes is that having any specialized certification gives you a little more leverage for obtaining teaching positions. It allows you to offer a variety of yoga classes, which can attract a different type of student that may have previously overlooked your studio due to a lack of interest in the offered classes. This can increase the student base of the studio, as well as the income produced by the studio.
Hot yoga is a specialized type of yoga that not all yoga teachers can comfortably perform or instruct, and having this certification can make you stand out from other yoga teachers. People remember what stands out, and offering a class others do not is a good way of helping potential students remember your studio.
Another benefit of having a certification for teaching hot yoga is that you have the opportunity to teach a new skill that offers a different set of positive health influences. Hot yoga increases metabolic functioning and seriously improves flexibility, and some of your current students may benefit from learning this style of yoga.
The Cons of Hot Yoga Certification
If you only have a hot yoga teacher credential, you will only teach heated classes. This is an extremely loyal, but smaller group of students in comparison to the many other unheated styles. Maintaining the environment that is needed for hot yoga classes within your own studio can be difficult. It requires high temperatures, often above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and heavy humidity. This can be expensive to achieve with electric heat, and keeping these extremes to only one area of the studio can be difficult and might require extra insulation between the rooms. It is important that the rest of the yoga studio remain at a comfortable temperature for other classes.
When it comes to such extreme temperatures, there is no denying that some people simply cannot handle them. Some teachers and students alike will be too uncomfortable in the high heat and humidity to perform yoga, and it can even result in fainting in some cases. If you are not someone who is comfortable in this type of environment, teaching it can be dangerous, as you are not as capable of recognizing to problems with students or yourself when your body is responding poorly to high temperature fluctuations.
April 27, 2015
Should You Try Hot Yoga?
By Phil Tucker
Yoga, yoga, yoga. Everywhere you go today there is a new yoga studio opening up, promoting health, awareness, and peace. There are seemingly endless varieties of yoga styles to try, from Vinyasa to Ashtanga, but one that garners the most attention is Bikram, also known as Hot Yoga. Infamously taught at over 100F degrees for 90 minutes, it is an intense, almost extreme form of yoga, resulting in prodigious sweating and effort. Should you try this style of yoga? Is it for you? Today we'll look at the pluses and downsides of this style of yoga, and help you evaluate for yourself.
Bikram yoga is a relatively new style of yoga, invented in the 1970's by Bikram Choudhury. His intention was to create an environment where the heat and humidity would help promote greater flexibility and injury prevention, allowing practitioners to push themselves further and enjoy a deeper level of effort that traditional yoga styles. As such it is a blending of the old and the new, and is composed of twenty six asanas (postures) which are worked through over the course of 90 minutes.
Bikram Choudury claims that the benefits of heated yoga are wide and varied. The main focus lies in blood circulation, which when combined with the sweating releases toxins and cleanses your body from deep within. The idea is that when you enter a given posture, you compress your body and thus limit the amount of blood that can enter certain body parts or organs, forcing your heart to pump harder. When you come out of the posture you decompress that body part, allowing fresh blood to flow into the organ or muscle and wash it clean. Choudhury claims that this system allows for infection, bacteria and toxins to be released from the body.
Beyond that, there is no denying that hot yoga promotes a lot of sweating, rigorous exercise and weight loss. 90 minutes of strenuous physical activity of any kind will be good for you regardless of your opinions on yoga, and that amount of sweating will flush your skin clean and leave you feeling lighter and more wholesome. When you think of the traditional yoga practitioner you envision long limbs, toned body and a serene attitude-all of these attributes can be garnered from yoga through continual practice. Hot yoga, being a more extreme form of yoga, can help you achieve weight loss and body toning even quicker.
Is Bikram Yoga for you? It can be if you have no cardiovascular problems and don't suffer from high blood pressure. It can be if you enjoy the sensation of sweating profusely, extreme heat and humidity, and a challenge that defies you to continuously push your limits.
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