Yoga is a great addition to any exercise or fitness regimen. Adding it to a cardio and strength training routine will give you a well rounded and complete workout. You can do a full yoga practice on days that you take off from your other activities, or as an addition at the beginning or end of those other activities. The benefits of yoga, and “hot” yoga specifically, have been documented and studied for years. With the growth in the number of people who practice yoga in the United States in the past 10, this has become even more evident and supported. Some of the things that yoga will provide you with are: flexibility, joint ease, strength, endurance, improved balance, and the calming effects of breathing and focusing your mind.
If you are just getting started, you want to make sure you choose a class that is appropriate for beginners. Yoga isn’t easy, it’s a unique activity that will probably challenge you in ways, such as range of motion and particular movements, that you have never done before. It can be difficult to just stay in the room if it is heated and something that you are not used to doing. Sticking with it through the initial learning process is key. Keeping yourself focused on only you and not being distracted by others around you is also important. Yoga is not about making fancy shapes and proving that you can do what everyone else in the room can do…it’s about creating a connection with yourself through your body and breath in order to gain the physical and mental benefits available. It’s about taking the time to be in the room and not be distracted and also to allow your body to explore how the practice uniquely fits.