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Hot Yoga is great to increase flexibility!

Posted Jun 24 2009 7:01pm

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I tried yoga 14 years ago for the first time and found that it was the most uncomfortable, unpleasant, difficult exercise on the face of the planet Earth. After one hour of Sun Salutations and other moves my body was aching badly and I was in my 20s at the time.

Along the years, I’ve tried yoga here and there and have never really been able to get into it.

A few years ago, I discovered Pilates and took quite a liking to it, but found out that it had a lot to do with the teacher. Paula is a 20-something blonde who has the ability of turning any body into a flexible-power-house and I liked that a lot.

That said, given the odd times of Paula’s Pilates classes, I never was able to stick to them because I couldn’t always make it.

The objective for me in practicing yoga or pilates was never to be connected with my inner self or to experience the life  of a Buddhist Monk, but it had everything do to with the fact that I’ve never found that I was the most flexible or limber person and I felt that I needed to add that aspect of a workout to complete my exercise routines.

I’ll also admit that seeing Madonna, when she was in her late 40s, able to do things with her body that was previously reserved to Cirque du Soleil performers was very impressive and I wanted to be able to increase my flexibility.

A side note on Madonna, have you seen her in those Louis Vuitton adverts? Some feel she doesn’t look sexy because her body is too toned, but I think that Madonna is a trailblazer when it comes to redefining what a 50 year old’s body should look like (who says that being in your 50s automatically mean that you’re out of shape). I know she’s a devotee of yoga and it shows. I will shamelessly admit that I aspire to have Madonna’s body in my 50s! The woman looks incredibly hot and super sexy.

Check out the Louis Vuitton ads (featuring sexy Madonna in her 50s) if you’ve not seen them yet:

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Here’s the video showing the making of the Louis Vuitton ad with Madonna:

One month ago, I had an epiphany at 37.77 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) and discovered the joys of hot yoga (aka Bikram yoga)!

I had heard of hot yoga, but the first thing that came to mind was smelly people crammed in a small room sweating like crazy. The hot yoga room is indeed fairly small, it’s always a full class, there is very little room between participants and we all sweat, but there is no bad smell!

Hot yoga is very similar to your traditional Hatha yoga, but the room it very warm (and there’s a good reason for that and I talk about that in the next paragraph).

There are many benefits to hot yoga that you won’t find in traditional yoga:

* Hot yoga increases your body’s ability to burn fat and build core muscles.

* Your body can more efficiently oxygenates blood, tissues, glands and your other organs.

* Hot yoga’s optimal humidity improves the immune system and rejuvenates the skin.
* Sweating by performing exercises in a hot room promotes detoxification.
* Sweating also heals and cleanses the body from the inside out.
* Hot yoga releases tight/tense muscles and relieves back pain

If you’ve tried yoga in the past, but you it didn’t stick with you, I’d highly encourage you to try hot yoga because you will inevitably feel the benefits in your body, joints, posture and I guarantee that you’ll have an incredible night’s sleep!

Hot yoga is as popular as spinning classes and I’m sure that you’ll find classes at your gym or you’ll find a plethora of yoga studios in your neighbourhood that offers the classes.

First photo by evanbdudley

Photo of Madonna are from the new Louis Vuitton ads

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