Why do Yoga?
Yoga isn’t just for the super bendy, super fit and ‘Chelsea set’! The extensive benefits of yoga are well publicised in modern media, and it has become a firm mainstay of Western culture.
Yoga can benefit anyone, whatever their body shape, level of fitness, flexibility and stage of life.
Yoga will improve your flexibility whether you can touch your toes or not! It will improve your strength and stamina, improve your posture and range of movement. It will also make you feel really good! It helps aid relaxation and restore sleep patterns. The perfect way to counteract our hectic modern lifestyles.
We offer a range of classes to suit everyone from babies and children, all the way through to adulthood and advanced years. Regular yoga will increase flexibility, improve your stability and strength, and promote a general sense of wellbeing.
Hot Yoga 26
Our Hot Yoga 26 class is the original form of Hot Yoga, the Bikram series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Suitable for all levels, our classes are either 90 mins, 75 or 60 minutes and are taught in a room heated to approximately 40°C. All Hot Lotus Hot Yoga 26 teachers have trained with The Bikram Yoga College of India.
The Bikram Series systematically works every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, organ and gland. It also moves oxygenated blood to the cells of your body. By the end of the class, you’ll feel rejuvenated and re-energized.
The sequence of 26 postures was scientifically designed to systematically and progressively work every muscle, ligament, tendon and joint, moving fresh oxygenated blood around 100% of the body, into each and every organ and fibre, restoring all systems.
We practise the same postures every time, actively encouraging you to maintain and improve focus, stimulating and improving a mind-body connection.
Every posture prepares you for the next, and each proceeding posture gains from the previous one, resulting in incredible benefits that include improved posture, muscle and joint mobility, concentration, increased energy, and overall rejuvenation.
Top reasons for practising Hot 26
- Hot 26 offers a complete body and mind workout resulting in improved physical and mental health
- Strength, flexibility & muscle toning – the postures systematically & progressively work every muscle, joint, ligament and tendon in your body
- Weight Loss – rebalances your metabolism and on average calories burns between 600 to 800 calories per class
- Detox – the heat and humidity are careful controlled to encourage you to sweat. In doing so sweat flushes toxins and metabolic waste from your body, improving circulation and complexion
- Rehabilitates injuries such as knee and hamstring issues, and improve your overall performance
- Reduces stress by teaching you breathing techniques that calm the central nervous system, eliminating stress and anxiety and teaches you live in the present moment
- Re-balance hormones– Every gland in your body is stimulated, improving poor wake-sleep cycles, depression, metabolism, immune system, sexual/reproductive systems and hunger cravings
- Enhanced Focus & Concentration – Physically working hard in a hot room forces an unparalleled connection to your body and mind, producing heightened mental clarity
This is a great class to start your Yoga journey! Yoga is not just about touching your toes. Our Hatha Yoga classes is a relatively gentle practice in an unheated environment encouraging students to focus on alignment and breath
Each class will begin with a short breathing exercise before warming up the body and working on different postures each week before ending with a well-earned relaxation.
Over the weeks you’ll learn postures to open the hips and shoulders, strengthen the arms and legs, bring flexibility to the spine and gain awareness of where you may be holding tension in the body.
The class will help to improve your mental clarity and well-being and time is dedicated to much needed relaxation at the end.
It is the perfect class for those new to their Yoga journey as well as those who want to refine their practice.
Hot Flow Yoga
Our Hot Flow 60 class is a Vinyasa Flow Yoga – Vinyasa refers to 3 movements/postures – plank, upward dog (Cobra) and downward dog. These 3 postures are used to link other postures together to create a seamless flow of movement.
The purpose of the flow is to keep your practice moving which helps to improve cardio and stamina as the body is moving moderately or vigorously (depending on your level of fitness) for an extended period of time.
It has a similar effect to other cardio workouts such as running and aerobics but without the stress on the joints and with the added benefit of improving flexibility and core strength. It really is a total body workout.
The addition of the heat helps to increase your cardio workout and aids with detoxification through sweat and well as helping you get further into postures.
Hot Flow classes are fun and varied, so don’t expect the same class each time although the key postures will be practiced each time these could be in a different sequence.
Suitable for beginners and those who are already regular practitioner’s classes will often follow weekly themes and will be fine-tuned to the level and abilities of students.
The Iyengar method of Yoga focuses on correct alignment of the body – ensuring you are working safely – with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing.
Classes generally start with simple poses and gradually move towards more advanced poses, ending with a period of relaxation, sometimes incorporating breathing techniques.
Props, such as bricks, belts and chairs are sometimes used in class to allow those with less strength or flexibility to work correctly and achieve their full potential.
The immediate benefits of Yoga are improved flexibility, strength and physical health. As you continue with your practice, psychological and spiritual benefits begin to appear.
Yoga for Athletes
Yoga is especially good for athletes! All the work on the field, the gym or the court can put a lot of strain on your muscles, and yoga is the perfect activity to help athletes stretch and de-stress. Yoga can make an effective addition to a post-training muscle-recovery protocol. It has become an essential tool for many sports and athletes from footballers to boxers, tennis players to triathletes.
At Hot Lotus we have the added benefit of heat which assists your muscles and ligaments in relaxing enabling you to get further into postures and a deeper stretch with less risk of injury or strain.
One of the most important things when doing Yoga as an athlete, is to stay in tune with your body. If something hurts, don’t push yourself. Back off, and ease into the pose. Yoga isn’t a competition, and what you can and can’t do will vary day to day. The most important thing is for you to stretch and feel good. Get rid of some of the tension that you may have from your normal sport, and leave your mat relaxed and happy.
Hot Lotus will be holding a number of Yin Yoga and Relaxation Workshops to unwind, release and let go. Yin Yoga is the perfect complement to the more dynamic (Yang) forms of Yoga which we have at Hot Lotus (Hot Yoga 26 and Hot Flow).
Mindful Yin Yoga is a permissive, nourishing, yielding practice. It works on the deep tissues that normally need a gentle, longer-held pressure to be stimulated and grow stronger.
It is a meditative approach to Yoga and is a slow-paced style of Yoga with postures held for longer periods of time – up to five minutes in order to improve flexibility by releasing the connective tissues of the body including the tendons, fascia, and ligaments, even joints of the bones generally in the hips, pelvis and lower spine. At the same time, there is an emphasis on relaxing the muscular tissue.
Suitable for all levels including beginners.
Tibetan Singing Bowls
Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. They create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul.
They are also a great meditation tool and the use of singing bowls has been on the rise in the western world due to their immense benefits. During the singing bowl element of the workshop the soothing sound will heal and soothe the body. There are so many benefits of using singing bowls, including:
- Reduce stress and anxiety significantly
- Lower anger and blood pressure
- Improve circulation and increases blood flow
- Deep relaxation and pain relief
- Increase mental and emotional clarity
- Promote stillness, happiness and well-being
- Stimulate the immune system
Sound Gong Baths
What happens in a sound gong bath? You lie down in a comfortable position, the room will be gently warm to relax you – close your eyes and just listen to the sound of the gongs wash over you.
Within 20 minutes your brain changes state and your body relaxes. Your body will do what it needs, from sleeping to having visualisations. When the session is over which is normally around 45 minutes light percussion is played to help gently wake your body and energy back up. You often feel like just a few minutes have passed or a few hours has passed, either way you feel great!
It is a sound detox as the sound will last for three days in your system. You must drink lots of clean water afterwards and most people experience a happy buzz for days.
For some people they might notice emotions that come to the surface and you may find your life purpose is more clear. The power of gongs is amazing!
The power of gongs helps us easily and it is the act of not doing but listening. Too often people this of meditation as something hard and that you have to fight against.
When you attend a gong bath you will see and feel how easy this type of meditation is as the tones carry you away to where ever you need to be without judgment or inner criticism.
What are the main benefits:
- Drop into an effortless state of relaxation
- It’s deeply rejuvenating for our bodies and cells
- It can be very transformative in helping you with unblocking emotions
Larry Schultz created The Rocket® Routines in the 1980s. Rocket Yoga comprises a series of postures based on a modification of the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga series including Surya Namaskar, standing, seating and twisting postures with the addition of handstands, arm balances and inversions.
These routines are appropriate for all levels of students, with plenty of ways to modify the classical poses, the benefits of the poses are transmitted equally to renew vitality and energy creating the perfect marriage of tempo and sequence.
It’s a strong, powerful practice which is done to music using both breathe and movement.
This vibrant routine is called the “Rocket” because, “it gets you there faster.” The Rocket® is designed to wake up the nervous system and the sequences will leave you with the feeling of being stronger, lighter and more flexible. Sweating is encouraged to purify and reshape your body.
The only way to fully understand the Rocket is to take a class and experience the yoga magic for yourself. Try out Rocket Yoga here at Hot Lotus. Classes start on January 10th, 2019.
Come and try a hot class and see how it can improve your performance in your sport.
We can also arrange private sessions for groups or clubs. Please contact us for details.