Moksha Yoga is a form of Hot Yoga that is becoming the "face" of Hot Yoga. Hot Moksha Yoga is a unique yoga series of 40 postures that combines the precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially heated room.
Hot Moksha Yoga classes are suitable for all levels of ability, even ABSOLUTE beginners with limited flexibility!
Health Benefits of Hot Moksha Yoga
Health benefits of Hot Moksha Yoga include but are not limited to:
- Reduces stress. Hot Moksha Yoga's deep breathing exercises brings calming effect that reduces stress.
- Improves concentration and focus. Hot Moksha yoga can help teach participants to improve mindfulness and increased their ability to focus.
- Improves Poor Posture. With regular Moksha Yoga classes the spine gets stronger and students notice that it is actually more comfortable to sit and stand straight.
- Improves Scoliosis. The work on stretching and strengthening the spine has a dramatic effect on those working with a spinal curvature. Hot Moksha Yoga helps ease pain and the strength in the internal muscle structure of the back improves which starts to allow for great ease in movement and better posture.
- Alleviates/Improves Depression. Hot Yoga also helps alleviate depression.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.
- Improves Arthritis.The 'hot' element of the hot yoga class is what has the most dramatic affect on arthritis sufferers.
- Increase cardiovascular abilities. Hot Yoga can make you heart healthier, improve stamina, and reduce your risk for heart disease.
- Reduces Back/Knee Pain. The heat in a Moksha Yoga class relaxes the joints. Also Hot Moksha Yoga focuses on opening the hips where knee and back pain often originate.
- Reduces and/or Alleviates Headaches. Many postures in the Moksha Yoga sequence 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.
- Reduces/Improves Insomnia. Several postures focus on increasing blood flow through the pineal gland where melatonin, the hormone released to induce deep sleep, is released.
- Reduces Digestive Problems. With regular practice many Hot Moksha Yoga 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. Hot Moksha Yoga also can help improve symptoms from common digestive disorders such as irritable bowel disorder (IBS).
- Reduces Constipation. Relaxing the central nervous system by focusing on breathing 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.
- Reduces Body Fat. Hot Moksha Yoga reduces fat due to excess heat. You will loose up to 1000 calories per session.
- Improves your Sense of Well Being. Hot Moksha Yoga helps increase your energy and improve your overall sense of well being.
The Hot Moksha Yoga Sweat Factor
Every Hot Moksha Yoga class takes you through a series of strengthening and toning postures in the detoxifying calm of a heated studio. The room used for Hot Mosksha Yoga is usually maintained at a temperature of 95-100 degrees. The vigorous Hot Moksha Yoga session at this temperature provides amazing health benefits for the Hot Moksha Yoga beginner as well as for the seasoned practitioners of Hot Moksha Yoga.
Hot Moksha Yoga Poses
The series of postures taught in hot moksha yoga is a cardiovascular workout. It incorporates many challenging postures that sustain an elevated heart rate. It strengthens, tones, and stretches the muscles while calming the mind and reducing stress. The heated room allows tighter muscles to stretch with greater ease.
Hot Moksha Yoga Limitations
Hot Moksha Yoga is great for most people, however it is contraindicated under the following circumstances:
- Pregnancy. Women in their first trimester of pregnancy, unless they have kept up a regular hot moksha yoga practice for at least 6 months, are recommended to stay out of the heated room.
- Heart Disease. Those suffering from severe heart disease that limits cardiovascular activity.
- Children. It is best that hot yoga is practiced only after the child's sweat glands have developed - usually around a girl's first menstruation or a boy's growth spurt.
Please consult your doctor about being in a heated environment before starting any yoga program.
Hot Moksha Yoga Tips
- Arrive well hydrated!
- Wear minimal clothing, whatever you feel comfortable with. (Keeping in mind that the room is heated and you will sweat!)
- Bring a yoga mat, beach-sized towel and drinking water for your practice.
- Bring another towel and extra change of clothes if you would plan to shower after class , since you will sweat profusely.
- Refrain from wearing any fragrances when coming to class.
- Arrive on time so you have time to claim your space and get adjusted to the room before class starts.
- Come to class on an empty stomach. Please note that if you're very hungry closer to class starting please feel free to eat something light like half a muffin or a banana (contains potassium which can help reduce potential cramping that can occur with extreme water loss through sweating).
- Avoid coffee before class.
- Try not to eat any heavy meals 2 - 3 hours before practicing.
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