Atom Health and Fitness are proud to have opened one of the first Hot Yoga Studios in the Teesside and Durham area.
Hot Yoga is a stimulating and immersive experience where participants practice a series of movements and postures in a specially heated room. Like many exercise activities that gain rapid popularity hot yoga has been adopted and championed by celebrities, public figures and athletes for very good reason. It strengthens the body, greatly increases flexibility and can create a deep feeling of relaxation and inner peace. Other links have also been made to the positive effects of increased blood flow and potential for detoxification.
Hot yoga’s popularity is such that it is difficult to walk around any metropolitan city without stumbling across numerous studios offering hot yoga. Potentially however there is a down side to the practice of hot yoga if the basic elements of safety, hygiene and correct instruction are not delivered.
So let’s back up a little and talk about yoga, fundamentally it’s a body and mind activity which has it’s roots in meditative practice from the Far East. It wasn’t originally developed as an exercise technique but the positive effects on flexibility, movement and stability are obvious. It’s important that we don’t overlook the effect of tension within the body and it’s role in postural pain. As such combining a relaxed mind with relaxed skeletal muscle is hugely rewarding. In the West, Hatha Yoga is the most commonly practised form of yoga and can be slightly less demanding than some other variants. Hatha involves static holds and flow that require the use of isometric contractions in some muscles while stabilising others, a beneficial combination of activity for anybody.
Atom health and Fitness have purpose built our hot yoga studio specifically for the practice of hot yoga with a focus on incorporating the fundamentals of traditional yoga. Many hot yoga studios are badly thought out and are all too often just rooms which have been fitted with basic heating systems and are really nothing more than a hot box, this can lead to inconsistent temperatures with poor ventilation and air flow as well as bad hygiene.
Our bespoke studio and heating system has been carefully designed to ensure correct humidity, temperature, ventilation and the highest standards of cleanliness. All extremely important factors in delivering the true experience users should receive from a hot yoga class.
Atom’s absolute hot yoga instructor has also spent time in Thailand training with industry experts to ensure the level of tuition is second to non and specific to a heated room. It is important to understand that along with the benefits come potential risk if participants do not receive good advice and guidance. Hot yoga leads to the body having to deal with a heat on heat situation i.e. you are creating core heat and dealing with external heat. As such you may need time to adapt and build your tolerance to heat intensity. As well as being guided by your instructor you will learn to listen to your own body and understand it’s responses. Atom does not believe in pushing individuals beyond their limits and would strongly oppose the suggestion that pushing beyond limits is one of the benefits of hot yoga. It’s about creating an environment where you can experience the relaxation and often elation that can come hand in hand with correct hot yoga practice.
During the course of a class you will also burn a significant amount of calories making it an effective fat burning activity. In time, regular hot yoga practice can lead to fantastic shape and tone of the body while improving posture and stability.
We look forward to welcoming you to one of our classes and hope you have a chance to see for yourself what a refreshing experience they are.
Hot Yoga Tips
Be conscious of your own body
Hot Yoga allows you to stretch and push your body further than you may otherwise be able to do. This is obviously great and allows for good advances in flexibility and strength. However, it is vital that you listen to your body. If you feel dizzy, or nauseous at any point then you should adopt a Child’s Pose or a Hero’s Pose and allow your body time to recover. If you don’t feel comfortable after a couple of minutes then you should excuse yourself and leave the studio, to give your body a chance to cool down. Also if you feel too uncomfortable in any of the stretches then once again relax out of the stretch and allow your body a chance to recover.
Hydration before, during and after your class is essential. This will allow your body to sweat and cool itself. In addition to drinking lots of water before and after the class, bring water to the class. Listen to your body and drink whenever you feel you need to during the class.
If you forget your water you can buy some at reception.
When you sweat you also lose lots of electrolytes and it’s important to replenish your body with them. So make sure to also drink juices, or appropriate sports drinks. Fruits such as bananas are also very valuable.