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    • Why the Heat?

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      Why the heat?

      Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body any way you want.

      Whilst some of our competitors may claim that “hot yoga may injure you”, we are using common sense to show that heat helps ridged things bend without breaking; just think about metal being forged in a furnace. The fact is, it’s less dangerous than most sports to be surrounded by people (and a teacher) who can help, as compared to being out jogging alone in the cold or any contact sport or repetitive motion (ie: biking). The heat is not dangerous at all, in fact, it’s less hot than a hot tub, and way lower than a sauna. Hot Yoga is complimentary to many other sports because it undoes the damage we do by running, fighting, biking and sitting.

      Hatha Yoga flushes away the waste products, the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishment to every cell of your body through use of oxygenated blood so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy. Bikram Yoga also employs heat to further that cleaning process: When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.

      Practicing yoga not only increases our supplies of oxygen, but it also teaches us how to use that oxygen properly – we learn to control the breath through pranayama.

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