What is Hot Yoga?
Simply put, hot yoga is yoga performed in a heated room. Practicing yoga in the heat is becoming even more popular with the many different styles that we have integrated for instance the Hot Yoga Power series, Hot Yoga 26-2, along with Hot Vinyasa and series of static asanas.

What is the difference between Granite Bay Wellness Centers “Hot Yoga “series and the “Bikram Yoga” method?
The word “Bikram” has been trademarked and may not be used by GBWC to describe any of its classes. We do not offer Bikram yoga classes. Our Hot Yoga 26-2 is a series of 26 static postures that was extracted from Patanjali’s 84 postures (as was the “Bikram” yoga series). These 84 postures were first documented by Patanjali over 4,000 years ago and may not be copyrighted by anyone including Bikram. Unlike a typical Bikram Studio, our teachers at GBWC do not follow an exact dialogue. In addition, all our studios have fresh air constantly being pumped in to prevent carbon dioxide poisoning and the air is humidified as it enters the room keeping the heat and moisture consistent.

How should I prepare for a hot yoga class?
Please bring a bottle of water and make sure to hydrate at least two hours before class. We also recommend you keep an empty stomach a couple hours before class. The recommendations for hydration before, during and after exercise are as follows:

  1. Daily intake of 8–10 glasses of water (8 oz. per glass) for normal activity, not including exercise.
  2. At least 2 hours prior to exercise, drink 16 oz. of water or fluid without caffeine
  3. If possible, determine body weight while hydrated, prior to exercise.
  4. During exercise, drink frequently and early, before you are actually thirsty. Your goal is to replenish fluids at the same rate you are sweating. The maximal rate of replacement is, between 20–40 oz. per hour, based on absorption of fluid by the stomach.
  5. After exercise, evaluate change in body weight. Consume fluids to return to body weight prior to exercise. Since the environment in our Hot Yoga classes increases body fluid loss, the above guidelines become even more important. Of additional concern, caffeinated beverages such as coffee, many teas, and sodas will increase fluid loss by increasing urinary output. Wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages cause fluid loss as well. Students who drink beverages with caffeine or alcohol should consume equal amounts of water (in addition to the daily recommendation of 8–10 glasses) to avoid dehydration.

What should I wear/bring to class?
Please bring a bottle of water, a towel and a mat if you have one. The studio rents mat and towels and sells water. Wear fitted exercise clothes that you can sweat in. Arrive to the studio 15 minutes before class to meet the instructor, relax on your mat, and be present before class.

What are some of the benefits of Hot Yoga?
Hot Yoga practice is stimulating and cleansing on many levels. There are several benefits including stress reduction, increased blood circulation which stimulates the heart to strengthen its contractions, which is exercise for the heart muscle itself. As a result, the heart pumps efficiently thereby lowering blood pressure. Hot Yoga also improves flexibility and strength. After class you will feel energized, rejuvenated, and cleansed. In essence, the heat is a form of cardiovascular conditioning. The heat aids in detoxification, increases blood flow to speed up metabolic processes of vital organs, glands, and mobilizing toxins for elimination. Heat stimulates fat receptors, activating fat stores and facilitating fat loss and releasing these fat-soluble toxins. Additional responses of the heat include, the stimulation of white blood cell production, boosting the immune system, promoting relaxation, and an increase in healing injuries and disease symptoms. Overall, the body’s response to heat strengthens, detoxifies, and heals, which in turn creates a sense of health and well-being. See Benefits of the Heat under our New to Hot Yoga section for more detail.

Is Hot Yoga a cardiovascular workout?
You will find every class no matter what style challenging. All the postures combine flexibility, strength, and balance to work the entire body. You heart rate will go up! With dedication and commitment many people have seen weight loss, muscle tone and strength.

When can I expect to see progress in my yoga practice?
We at Granite Bay Wellness want your practice to be a personal growth experience. During your practice, it is important to be honest with yourself, and accept where you are in the stages of growth as you work continually to improve yourself. First, keep the pose steady and firm, the mind calm and content. Second, be aware that perfection occurs when your effort is relaxed. Third, while keeping the focus on being strong, steady and calm and maintaining an even breath, focus on the Infinite; this creates the balance. Finally, keep close to your heart, practice with positive intention and be compassionate with your self.

How often should I practice?
Daily practice rejuvenates body, mind and spirit. For life changing results five or more times a week is recommended. A practice two to three times a week, if consistent, will create transformation over time.

What if I’m not flexible?
Flexibility is something you will gain through yoga practice. You don’t have to be flexible to start your practice. Yoga will allow you to lengthen and expand, and release toxins that build up during these activities. Whether you can touch the floor or not, the ultimate benefit of yoga is to harmonize body, mind and spirit in a healthful physical practice.

Why is the studio heated and will this make the class more challenging?
Our classes are practiced in a heated room which helps stretch muscle fibers and tendons and helps prevent injuries to these areas while stretching. Heat also helps increase circulation to tissue and organs and enhances the functioning of the immune system and produces great healing influence to the entire body. See Benefits of the Heat under our New to Hot Yoga section for more detail.

Can beginners attend GBWC?
Absolutely, we have formed an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class and recommend beginners to commit to coming to 3 to 4 classes in the first week. This will build a solid physical base and awareness that will improve strength, focus, endurance, and flexibility.

What is the best Path to Progress?

  • Strength-be strong and relaxed
  • Flexibility-being comfortable
  • Balance-move gracefully with concentration
  • Self-discipline-stay committed and dedicated to your practice
  • Determination-do your best always, don’t give up
  • Concentration-practice with intention
  • Patience-the virtue that will bring it all together
  • Faith-trust yourself and believe in yourself

Simply put, have a beginners mind, accept where you are (we all start somewhere), have patience, let go of the outcome, trust in your self and most importantly HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY!!


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