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Yoga in Flagstaff

Yoga in Flagstaff

Did you come here looking for where to practice Yoga in Flagstaff? Scroll down to see my list of where to find Yoga in Flagstaff.

Hot Yoga vs. Yoga Without the Sauna

Practicing yoga has never been one of my strong suits. I had a difficult time with the quiet, dreamy music and the soothing voice of the instructor. Somehow meditation and movement did not seem to go together for me. Then I discovered Hot Yoga. WOW! That was a big game changer. Now, I don’t think Hot Yoga is for everyone. For many it can be extremely challenging and feel like it’s overwhelming. But for me, the challenge was what kept me interested and returning for more sessions.

Sweating More Removes Toxins

Even though I really enjoy Hot Yoga, I wanted to know if there are really added benefits to practicing yoga in high heat and high humidity. Probably the biggest controversy is whether or not you sweat out additional toxins. There has been some research to say yes, and yet conventional wisdom says only the liver, kidneys, and intestines remove toxins.  Here’s a great article that gives more detailed information.  Basically, yes – I feel confident that some toxins are indeed released from the body through sweating.

Sweating Helps With Weight Loss

Hmm. Well, this is an interesting possible benefit. If Hot Yoga increases your heart rate and you are sweating more because it’s practiced in higher heat, then yes, you can burn more calories that could lead to  weight loss. On the other hand, it could simply be water weight that is lost and not fat. Water weight can return pretty easily, and you want to make sure you’re not getting dehydrated during your Hot Yoga session. Most people’s heart rates are higher during Hot Yoga, but my personal experience was that it did not lead to weight loss. However, it did lead to…

Better Flexibility

Having trained in and taught martial arts for 10 years, I know the benefit of warming up your muscles before a workout and also how much more of a stretch people get with warm muscles. Now…just because you step into a warm room, does not mean your muscles are immediately ready for a deep stretch! So.. I take this one with a grain of salt. Once your muscles are warmed up, whether in a room that is extra hot or just mildly warm, your stretching can go deeper.

Intensity and Cautions

Like I said earlier, Hot Yoga is not for everyone. Just because it won me over, does not mean it’s better than yoga in a cooler environment. I loved the intensity but…some of us push ourselves too hard and that can lead to more injury. Also in Hot Yoga the good instructors will check to make sure you are getting enough liquids and encourage you to sit if you get dizzy. You definitely want to avoid heat exhaustion! If you’re concerned about Hot Yoga for your health, check with your doctor. Yoga can be transformational, just make sure your body is ready for it.

Yoga in Flagstaff, Az

As promised here’s a list of places you can practice Yoga in Flagstaff. If you are a yoga teacher/studio and I left you off my list, please contact me and I will add you to my list immediately. Namaste my fellow Yogis and Yoginis.

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Katannya Hartwell

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