We purposely bring heat to this style of yoga through three methods. The heat in the studio, which is at around ninety degrees, the heat caused from the flow and the heat generated from our breath.
From a physical perspective, we are warming up the body though the practice of vinyasa yoga. The heat in the studio supports the flow and warms the muscles and connective tissues in preparation for different poses. Warm muscles are safer to stretch than cold muscles, and the heat allows for a dynamic yoga practice while minimizing the risk of injury.
The heat causes you to sweat more. Sweat is an excellent method of detoxifying your body and giving your kidneys a rest.
Heat increases the efficiency of other physical systems including your cardiovascular, nervous, elimination and immune.
From a yogic perspective, we are supporting the concept of tapas or “heat” in our practice. Coming from the Sanskrit root word “tap,” which means to cook, tapas is literally an inner heat that is derived from simplicity and practice. This heat purifies us on a physical, mental and emotional level. It “cooks” the negative and adverse reactions we are having, out of us. In the broadest sense, this simplicity reminds us that everything we need to live a happy life is already within us without the need for external stimulation and distractions.
How to work with the heat:
Always take care of yourself first. Listen to your body and notice if your feeling is one of discomfort versus being dizzy or nauseous. If it's the latter, stop your pose, rest on your mat in child's pose and drink water.
Drink water, often, during your day, before you arrive at the studio. Bring water to the studio and keep drinking during and after your practice.
It is cooler in the back of the studio and under the fans.
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