By Bronwyn Ison

Yoga continues to be one of the fastest growing fitness modalities in our Western culture. I reference yoga as a fitness modality because our Western culture has been more partial to adopting this practice for physical reasons. However, once a person maintains a regular practice they comprehend the overall mind, body, and soul connection.

There are numerous styles of yoga. When yoga found me, I tried so many different styles and practiced with several instructors prior to choosing what suited my body and personality best. Vinyasa yoga, synchronized movement with breath, links poses together in a flowing style, similar to that of a dance. I love the fluidity of Vinyasa and all of the postures available. The possibilities are endless. A student and teacher can experience magical growth each time he/she approaches their mat.

Hatha yoga encompasses all of the lineages of yoga, Vinyasa, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, and more. Hot yoga continues to gain in popularity in our Western culture. While I may be a Vinyasa yoga instructor, I’ve always enjoyed a hot yoga class. Most people think of Bikram yoga when referencing hot yoga. Bikram Choudhury is the founder of this intense and hot style of yoga. The practice prescribes a series of 26 poses, each practiced two times in a row, in a room heated at 106 degrees, for 90 minutes.

Hot Vinyasa classes are thriving across the country. Keep in mind hot yoga, differs from Bikram with respect to the routine. Unlike Bikram, you will find each studio may have a different sequence. However, the sequence will likely be the same each time you visit a class. Also, classes vary in time. Some studios may offer a 60 or 75-minute class. If you enjoy Vinyasa yoga and you like the heat in Bikram, chances are you will love hot vinyasa flow classes. Also, unlike Bikram, the room is silent and bright. Hot Vinyasa classes generally offer subdued calm lighting and may be powered by a rocking playlist of music by the instructor. Either style of hot yoga you choose, you will be sure to benefit.

The benefits of a heated room enable the student to enjoy greater movement, enhances circulation, stimulates blood flow, relives stress, and detoxifies. These are just a few of the benefits. Here are some tips: Remain hydrated, avoid eating heavy foods rather light snacks are encouraged to fuel the body. Listen to your body. If you think your body may not be ready for the heat, check with your doctor. Be prepared to sweat and burn 500 to 1,000 calories per class.

Evolve Yoga in La Quinta is thrilled to announce they will be offering HOT VINYASA FLOW commencing September 19, 6pm-7:15pm, every Monday and Wednesday night. Join Jenny Wallis, RYT-200., to reserve your mat space.

Always practice with integrity, enjoy the journey, laugh along the way, and remain humble.

Bronwyn Ison is the Owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA