5 Reason's I love the Original HOT 26 & 2

I respect all yoga. But my true love is (and always will be) Original HOT 26 &2. As a practitioner for 11 years and a teacher for almost 10, I may be a little biased, but I have my reasons. Here are my top 5.

#1 It's hot. Not warm, HOT. 104 degrees and 40 percent humidity. The heat not only warms your muscles making them more pliable, but it also thins your blood allowing it to flow throughout your body. The BEST part about the heat is the sweat. Drenching, detoxifying, and renewing sweat. Your clothes will be wet, your towel will be heavy, and if I had hair it would be soaked.

#2 Consistency. I really enjoy routines. In this series, there are 26 postures and two breathing exercises that take exactly 90 minutes to get through. Class is the same, every time. My schedule may be hectic and unexpected circumstances always pop up. But the one thing I can rely on to be the same everyday is my yoga class.

#3 The discipline. I've always been one to follow the rules, in fact, I thrive on structure. There are some rules in Original HOT 26 &2 that provide discipline. Water breaks only allowed in-between postures, stay in the hot room, and no personal items cluttering your mat. These are just a few. On top of the rules, the class is all about commands from the teacher, adding to the beautiful discipline of the practice. Feet together, toes and heels touching, arms over your head, interlock your fingers....and it goes on. There is no need to think. Just follow the commands and breathe.

#4 Ever-evolving postures. Even though the postures are always the same, it doesn't mean they always feel the same. Everyday is different. Some days my body feels as tight as Tin Man and other days I feel like I'm flying (literally) through class. The goal is to never attach yourself to what your body feels. It's all good. There is always room to learn more too. Just when I think I have a posture perfected, my teacher will give me a correction that rocks my world.

#5 It's meditative. Spending 90 minutes simply listening and doing creates an amazing mind-body connection. Once you realize there is no need to think, the mediation sets in. I like to focus my eyes on one spot and do as little extra movement as possible. I'm in the posture, I'm out of the posture, I'm standing still, I'm breathing. Of course, the thoughts still creep in and that's okay. I acknowledge and release whatever comes up. Learning to let go is the hardest part, but I have realized that if I can let go of all the unnecessary "stuff" in my yoga class, then I can certainly let go of it outside of the hot room.

When are your hot yoga for beginners classes?

If you are taking your first step in yoga, don't be scared! Everyone was at the same starting point at one time. All of our classes are designed for beginners. They will tell you: What to do, How to do it, and Why you are doing it (benefits).

Most classes have more than one new student, and don't bother comparing yourself to anyone else in the room. It's all about you!

Is the Original HOT 26 & 2 for me?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I need to lose weight?
  • Am I stressed out?
  • Do I get tension headaches?
  • Is my cholesterol level too high?
  • Do I have an injury that just won't seem to heal?
  • Has my doctor told me I need to get some form of exercise?
  • Do I have lower back pain? Or any back pain?
  • Would I like to improve my running, golf game, marathon or triathlon?
  • Do I need a boost in energy?
  • Am I tired easily?
  • Do I sit at a computer for long period of time?
  • Do I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
  • Do I have arthritis?
  • My current fitness program does not deliver the result I want.

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then Original HOT 26 &2 is for you.

Why does Original HOT 26 & 2 have to be hot?

The heat combined with the sequence of the 26 postures is what makes Original HOT 26 & 2 so special. In the heated environment, the muscles become more relaxed and pliable which allow you to work deeper in a shorter amount of time as well as help prevent injury. The heat expedites the flow of blood to improve circulation. Also, fatty acids are more mobilized in the heat, which helps burn fat more efficiently. As you progress, you will start to release toxins that have been stored in your system. Sweating helps flush those toxins from your body, giving you a wonderful, energized and refreshed feeling after each and every Bikram Method yoga class.


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