The average American spends over six hours a day sitting, according to a recent study published by the American Medical Association and summarized in an article published by the Washington Post last April. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns.”
Baptiste Yoga is a dynamic, deeply physical style of hot yoga and can help with many health challenges. Students often comment that they are amazed at the health results that are produced when they begin participating in yoga regularly.
Heat Up for Health
The flowing movements of Baptiste Yoga enhance stamina, flexibility, posture, and mental focus. As a Baptiste studio, Yoga Body Shop features a vigorous 60, 75 or 90-minute sequence, performed in a heated room. Depending on the type of class and the level, rooms are heated to 95 to 102 degrees. Like all physical activities, hot yoga relieves tensions and releases toxins through sweat. The rigorous movements burn more calories than most traditional forms of yoga and therefore can help with weight loss.
Yoga for a Healthier Heart
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of yoga’s clearest benefits to the heart is the practice’s ability to relax a student’s body and mind. Emotional stress causes several physical outcomes impacting health, including the release of hormones that narrow arteries and increase blood pressure. The deep breathing and mental focus required in a Yoga Body Shop hot yoga class can offset this stress. For more on the “Yoga-Heart Connection” from Johns Hopkins Medicine click here.
Strengthen the Spine
By moving the body and the spine into all ranges of motion, the flowing movements practiced through Baptiste yoga strengthens the supportive muscle groups around the spinal column. Tapping into these muscles, not often used in everyday activity, improves spinal strength. Without a healthy spine, everyday tasks and movements such as sitting up, bending over, walking, twisting and moving the neck can become extremely difficult or painful. Ultimately, a stronger and healthier spine allows for an overall better quality of life.
Ready for a Healthier You?
When you think about your normal schedule each day how many hours a day are you sitting…in the car…at a desk…on the couch? Is it time to get moving? Ready to improve your overall health? Check out the Yoga Body Shop class schedule. We have a beginner hot yoga class you can join this week!