Reasons for the Heat
- Enhances vasodilatation so that more blood and oxygen is delivered to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
- Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
- Burns fat more easily
- Makes muscles more elastic, less susceptible to injury
- Greater range of motion
- Improves coordination
- Can reduce heart irregularities
- Higher temperatures improve the function of your nervous system, carrying messages to and from the brain or spinal cord more rapidly.
*cold muscles don’t absorb shock and impact as well and so not stretch as easily, therefore cold muscles get injured more frequently
Why is the room so hot?
- Protects muscles to allow for deeper stretching
- Detoxifies the body and opens pores to let toxins out
- Thins blood to clear circulatory system
- Melts fat by reorganizing lipids in muscular structure
- Increases heart rate for better cardiovascular workout than non-hot yoga
- Improves strength
- Prohibits cholesterol from sticking to protein
- Improves focus and concentration
Yoga works by a tourniquet effect:
- By stretching, balancing, using gravity and creating pressure all at the same time.
- The blood supply in arteries and veins gets cut off during a pose, creating pressure.
- When released the blood then rushes through the veins and arteries, flushing them out.
What happens within the body during the yoga practice?
- Contracts and stretches muscles to a cellular, biochemical level.
- Lipids and proteins reorganize optimally in stretching, allowing for better circulation.
- Nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the budy.
- Waste products pumped out
- Blood and calcium brought to bones
- Strengthens bones
- Brain stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure
- Improves communication to the nervous system
- Lymph nodes are massaged. Lymph is pumped into the body, helping the lymphatic system work more efficiently
- Sends out white blood cells
- Organs of the immune system boosted (red marrow in bones)
- Compression and extension of thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines
- Lungs stretched and flushed out by increased circulation
- Toxins flushed out and waste excreted
- Endocrine glands encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones
- Communication of hormones among various glands and systems of the body perfected
- Eliminates fat and reorganizes tissue into the most efficient state
- Lubricates joints and increases range of motion
- Strength built by calisthenics and use of gravity
- Balances muscles, joints and energies in the body
Ultimate Goals of Yoga
- Deep breathing, the key to a longer life
- Total union and peace within the body, mind and spirit
- Quieting of the constant thinking process and learning to meditate
- Freedom from suffering of all kinds, physical, mental and emotional.