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An introduction to Hot Yoga in Edinburgh

19 June 2015

To celebrate International Yoga Day (21st June), we asked our friends at Hot Yoga Edinburgh to tell us more about the yoga phenomenon that’s taking the city by storm, with details on the different classes , and a chance to win an unlimited month pass– the perfect way to get you started on your Yoga Journey!

About Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga is practiced in a studio which is heated to around 34C (93F) which warms the muscles and allows them to stretch more easily than might be the case in a cold room. The heat also makes the class a tougher workout and helps work up a good sweat. The Hot Yoga practice is made up of individual poses, including standing, balancing and floor poses which give a full-body workout. A series of individual poses are practiced, and each pose is held for several breaths to allow students to find their own maximum pose. This class will open, stretch and detoxify the body..

Hot Vinyasa and Yin Yoga

Hot Yoga Warrior Class

There are a couple of variations of Hot Yoga, including Hot Vinyasa - a dynamic flowing class where each pose is linked to the next with a 'vinyasa flow', a modified sun salutation which builds upper body strength. This is a very challenging class which builds strength and stamina as well as flexibility.

Alternatively, Yin Yoga is a calm and slow-paced yet very effective form of yoga. It is characterized by stretching and gently stressing the connective tissues particularly in the area between the navel and the knees. A yin class consists mainly of floor poses that are held for a long time (typically 3-5 minutes) with relaxed muscles combined with deep breathing. This directs the stimulation of the physical practice to the deeper tissues of the body. Yin yoga practice is particularly beneficial for improving back and joint health, releasing unnecessary tension, and balancing the modern hectic lifestyle. Yin yoga is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, for beginners and more advanced yoga practitioners.

Hot Yoga Edinburgh (website here) is a small yoga business which operates out of the Gathering Essence studio on Broughton Street Lane and OMH Therapies studio, part of a boutique spa in the West End.

Competition! 

To be entered into the draw to win an unlimited monthly pass at Hot Yoga Edinburgh, simply answer the question below. Get your response in by the 12th July 2015 to be in with a chance of winning! 

T&Cs: The competition closes on Sunday 12th July 2015. The winner will be selected at random. Any entries made after Sunday 12th July 2015 may not be considered. The prize is a month's pass for one to Hot Yoga Edinburgh, no cash or other alternative will be given.