You’re completely new to yoga or perhaps you’ve had a mild flirtation with the practice over the years, but now you’re ready to commit it. You want to achieve the results from yoga that you’ve heard so much about: weight loss, increased mobility, the elimination of aches and pains, but you’re wondering whether hot yoga is beginner-friendly.
The beauty of hot yoga is that it’s ideal for beginners, yet stimulating enough to challenge advanced practitioners. Here are five reasons hot yoga is perfect for beginners.
You’ll begin to see results after the very first class
This isn’t one of those infomercials where we promise that you’ll melt off fat if you shake magic dust on your food or stand in place while some apparatus does the work for you. The results aren’t miraculous or instantaneous. They are profound, and you’ll begin to experience them after the very first class.
And you’ll earn them.
Here at Hot Yoga TNT we practice Bikram hot yoga. That means 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises practiced over the course of 90 minutes in a heated room. We also practice other forms of yoga and we’ll get to those in another post.
For starters, the heat encourages detoxification. You’ll be dripping in sweat as your body creates a response to the heat that gets all your pores open and your juices flowing. The warmth of the room will relax your joints and muscles, allowing you to enjoy a deep, delicious stretch. The feeling after class has to be experienced to be believed. It’s an incredible feeling of satisfaction. Like you’ve just climbed Mount Everest. When you hit the bed that night, you’ll sleep like a baby.
Hot yoga uses entry-level poses
As a beginner, you’re not ready for headstands and complicated twists. We get it. That’s why Bikram hot yoga is built on 26 beginner-friendly poses. The postures are gentle enough that anyone can do them. Yet, the heat makes them challenging. So even with entry-level poses, you’ll never feel like you’re seated at the kiddie table. This makes hot yoga the perfect place to start your practice.
Hot yoga establishes a strong foundation
Repeating the same 26 poses twice during each class, under the guidance of an experienced yoga instructor, helps you to develop a strong foundation. You’ll learn to master each pose by doing it safely and correctly.
You’ll find comfort in the repetitive postures, yet class will never be boring
Knowing exactly what to expect each class provides beginners with a sense of comfort. After a few classes you’ll become more confident in each pose, knowing that with each class you’re getting stronger and more flexible. Still, no two class experiences will be exactly alike for you. There is great variety of movement in the postures. Each posture will feel a little different than it did the time before. So even though the sequence is composed of entry-level of postures, the workout remains compelling. You’ll never be bored.
Your body and mind will love you for it
Runners are taught to warm up their muscles before a run by stretching. Now imagine introducing those muscles to soothing heat and humidity before you stretch. It’s a slice of heaven for work-weary muscles.
The temperature in the room is similar to a soothing, hot shower. Muscles become soft and pliable. The heat and humidity, combined with the compression, extension and flushing of the lungs, intestines and endocrine glands, will do wonders for your body.
Bikram, the original hot yoga, is the core of what we do. This full body, systemic approach to fitness focuses on the health of the whole body. We twist, bend backward and forward, breathe, elevate the heart rate, align the body’s internal organs to ensure proper digestion and create joint integrity. This, in turn, improves the overall function of our bodies.
The challenging practice of hot yoga not only improves the body, it has the power to sharpen the mind. The practice is compelling, requiring discipline, commitment, determination and focus. With continued practice, it increases self-confidence. All of these characteristics help us be our best selves and to thrive in our daily lives. Bikram, the original hot yoga teaches us to quiet the mind and focus our efforts. To find stillness, even in the midst of sweaty, challenging movement.
If you’re new to yoga and you’d like to experience the profound benefits of hot yoga, sign up for our introductory unlimited 30-day yoga pass. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in the practice at an unbelievable price. You’ll begin to experience the transformative benefits of hot yoga after your very first class. This introduction to entry-level poses will help you build a strong foundation for your yoga practice. You’ll never be bored with the class and your mind and body will thank you for it.
Don’t worry about being a beginner. When it comes to hot yoga, we are all beginners. Every single day. Even if we’ve been practicing for years. It’s one of the things we love most about Bikram yoga.