YOGA Benefits

The benefits of hot yoga border on limitless. Our students have reported that  beyoga has helped them to:
Lose weight
Improve their immune systems
Increase their cardiovascular abilities
Feel more energized
But the benefits of beyoga go beyond the studio. Our students have told us that beyoga has:
Healed them emotionally and physically from the challenge of chemotherapy
Improved their relationships with family members
Increased their ability to focus
Helped them heal from brain injury
Improved their golf game… just to name a few!
New students are constantly showing us the positive changes yoga has on their lives. We don’t even know the full potential of this sweaty stuff!
Health Benefits:
Do you ever notice how much you can de-stress just by taking one big breath in and letting a sigh come out. Just imagine 90 minutes of deep, conscious breathing.
Back/knee pain
The heat in a beyoga class relaxes the joints – much like a full body heating pad or hot water bottle.  Also beyoga focuses on opening the hips where knee and back pain often originate.
Many postures in the beyoga sequences relieve tension and tightness in the neck and shoulder area.  As this area relaxes, blood flow increases and headaches often decrease or go away entirely.
Several postures focus on increasing blood flow through the pineal gland where melatonin, the hormone released to induce deep sleep, is released.
In addition to melatonin, the pineal gland also controls the release of serotonin, the “mood” hormone.  As certain postures flush the pineal gland with oxygenated blood its function improves and emotional highs and low begin to even out.
The work on stretching and strengthening the spine has a dramatic effect on those working with a spinal curvature. Pain is eased and the strength in the internal muscle structure of the back starts to allow for great ease in movement and better posture.
Poor digestion
With regular practice many students find that they don’t crave junk food as much. This inclination towards a healthier diet, coupled with calming the nervous system, helps with long-term digestive issues.
The ‘hot’ element of the hot yoga class is what has the most dramatic affect on arthritis sufferers.
Poor posture
With regular beyoga classes the spine gets stronger and students notice that it is actually more comfortable to sit and stand straight.
Relaxing the central nervous system by focusing on breath increases a process called peristalsis. Peristalsis moves processed food through the digestive system and out of the body. Certain postures increase blood flow to the colon, further aiding the digestive process.
Benefits for Specific Sports:
Athletes have been practicing yoga for decades.  The benefits of yoga hot started to become popular when the Miami Dolphins began practicing hot yoga as part of their training regime. Since then many athletes have been rounding out their training with hot yoga and power vinyasa yoga.
Here are some examples of how this type of yoga has been helping athletes in their chosen sport:
Increased heat tolerance has helped Toronto Maple Leaf players that come to our classes in Toronto better deal with the sustained heightened body temperature that is required during a game. Better body awareness is also essential for precision in passes and shots. Goalies also report an increased focus on the ice because of the heightened attention required in class.
Both running and cycling take a toll on the hips, which can over time tighten the musculature and limit movement. Endurance athletes have come to the month-long teacher training as part of their training regime, and have reported increased running stride, better mental focus for endurance, and fewer aches and pains after runs.
A Canadian Gold Medalist in boxing regularly attends yoga classes and recommends hot yoga to the teams and individuals she trains. With regular practice, the breath work required for boxing can be greatly improved – increasing both endurance and strength.
Many cyclists come to the studio with chronic knee pain. With time, however, hips, calves and hamstrings start to open up, knee pain diminishes and can eventually disappear entirely. Cyclists also report an improvement in low back and shoulder pain.
Desk Jockeys
Who said sitting at a desk for half the day isn’t an endurance sport? We have countless individuals who excel in their respective professional fields, but suffer on a physical level with headaches, lower back pain, poor digestion, depression and more. Opening the spine up on a regular basis can help even the most dedicated desk jockey.
Since Olympic rowers began practicing hot yoga a few years ago, teammates and amateur rowers have started to notice the great link between high performance rowing and hot yoga. Athletes report more mobility, endurance and greater overall strength. Improved performance in competition can also come from the focus required for the 60-90 minutes of class.