Blog

We run a range of yoga classes in a heated studio. We heat the studio to 26-29°C during the daytime and to 35-39°C in the evenings.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Open Day Saturday 6th October!

We are delighted to invite you to our Open Day on Saturday 6th October!

We are running a range of taster classes over the day so that you can try out a class with us for FREE!

Our taster classes include a range of the styles that we teach at Hot Yoga Edinburgh, including Hot Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hot Vinyasa and Yoga for Sports.  To see our schedule and book your place click here

Due to the high demand for places at our Open Days, we ask you to book in to no more than two free classes, and if you can no longer make it please do let us know so that we can free the spot up for someone else.

We look forward to welcoming you to our studio!

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Why is Yoga Relaxing?



Why is yoga relaxing?

Many people come to yoga to relax and/or to reduce stress. The dictionary describes relaxation as “the state of being free from tension and anxiety”. Probably most people who practice yoga can relate to that; even if you started the practice tense and worrying about the next thing, in the final relaxation you feel – at least for a few minutes – like that weight had been lifted off your shoulders.

But why does yoga make us so relaxed? Here just few thoughts.

During yoga practice, we move the whole body through rather large ranges of motion encouraging knots and tightness to subside in order to create ease and freedom in the movements. The poses are either held for a longer time or combined into a flow of movements; either way, people are encouraged to move mindfully to become and stay aware of the internal sensations that arise. These sensations and guidance from the teacher teach us to engage muscles that need to be engaged but equally to release tension in muscles that don’t need to be tense in a particular pose. The intention is to become more aware of our body which teaches us to recognise unintentional tension, identify where in the body the tension lies, and to consciously release it. I believe this is why – sometimes – when we advance in the practice, we might for a while feel more tension in the body than when we started in the first place; we’ve actually become more flexible but also more aware of our body and the tension that lies within.

Another huge factor is the use of breath in yoga practice. With conscious, slow breathing we can access our nervous system targeting the multiple stress responses (physical and mental) that we might not be able to combat otherwise. Breathing practices balance the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for the autonomic functions of the body, such as heart rate, digestion and body temperature. Calm, slow breathing triggers a natural relaxation response in the body, which – via the nervous system – spreads to the whole body and mind. Therefore, we’re not working just with the physical but also the psychological stress encouraging mental relaxation. Through yoga we can learn tools that can be used in any everyday life situation that makes us stressed – just breathe.

Specific to hot yoga practice is also the heat that aids muscle relaxation. That’s why people who feel easily cold or are naturally stiff might find that practicing in the heated room changes their practice completely and it’s easier to relax into the poses. And one doesn’t need to be stiff to benefit from practicing in the heat. It can be also mentally more relaxing if the heat makes you feel more comfortable and you’re not constantly focusing on keeping warm.

If you have any thoughts to share, please comment below. What makes you relax in yoga?

See you on the mat,
Heini

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Open Day Saturday 6th October!

We are delighted to announce our next Open Day on Saturday 6th October! We will run a full day of 45 minute taster sessions, across a wide range of Yoga styles. There will be special offers running on the day too, so stop by to see what’s going on! Bookings will open 2 weeks before the Open Day, so check in with Mindbody to book your place! We look forward to welcoming you to our studio.