Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hot Yoga

So lately my workout of choice has been "Hot Yoga" or "Bikram Yoga". I first found out about this kind of yoga in April's edition of Shape magazine. Jenny McCarthy's on the cover and she looks freaking amazing!

Hot yoga is a series of yoga poses performed in a heated room (between 95 and 105 degree). Every move is held for 1 minute....and that 1 minute feels like forever with some poses! You start to feel the burn within 30 seconds.

Hot yoga will purify the body of toxins, improve flexibility and range of motion, enhance the immune system, and promote weight loss.

I'm excited about the hot summers here in Arkansas because I'll be able to perform these exercises in my garage without having to use the electric heater!!

It's a very challenging workout.

Here are a few of my favorites. You can find all poses and wonderful videos and helpful techniques on how to breath on The Hot Yoga Doctor website.

Awkward pose:
This pose is legs shake like a leaf! But, I think it is my favorite 'cause I can feel it working and I love a good leg workout.

  • Improves overall body strength
  • Opens pelvis
  • Strengthens and tones leg muscles
  • Relieves menstrual cramping
  • Reduces fat pocket under buttocks
  • Aligns skeletal system
  • Good for arthritis conditions
  • Good for digestion
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Relieves sciatica
  • Improves flexibility in toes and ankles
  • Exercises liver, intestines, and pancreas
Triangle pose: This pose feels so good. I love the stretch I feel on my sides.

  • An excellent cardiovascular workout
  • Intensely stretches each side of the body
  • Opens and increases flexibility of hip joints
  • Reduces saddle bags
  • Good for kidneys, thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Opens shoulder joint, good for frozen shoulder
  • Strengthen and tones legs and buttocks
  • Helps regulate hormone levels
  • Works all muscular groups simultaneously
  • Helps conditions of constipation, colitis, low blood pressure, appendicitis, spondylitis, menstrual disorders
Half moon: This pose will help trim your waist line!!!

  • Works into the whole skeletal and circulatory systems
  • Opens shoulder joints
  • Good for frozen shoulder
  • Reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back
  • Good for abdominal obesity
  • Improves and strengthens every muscle in the central part of the body Increase the flexibility of the spine
  • Tones the spinal nerves and abdominal organs inproving the working of the bowels
  • Increases flexibility and strength of rectus abdominis, gluteus maximus, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles
  • Helps with sciatic problems
  • Alleviates anxiety and reduces mental stress
  • Stimulates pituitary gland
  • Exercises colon, pancreas, kidneys, muscular, skeletal, respiratory and glandular systems
  • Firms and trims waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs

Standing bow pulling pose: This one I can only hold for about 30 seconds. My balance is a little unsteady still. I am getting better at this pose though.

  • Stimulates cardiovascular system
  • Increases circulation to heart and lungs
  • Opens diaphragm
  • Opens shoulder joint
  • Helps frozen shoulder conditions
  • Improves spine elasticity
  • Improves strength and balance
  • Reduces abdominal fat
  • Helps regulate ovaries and prostate gland
Overall it is one of the best workouts I've tried! It's hot, you sweat, it's deeply cleansing and it makes you feel healthy and complete after your workout. I can feel the toxins dripping out of me...oh wait, that's the sweat...yeah, toxins!!!

You have to drink plenty of water after the workout; I found that if I didn't I got a headache.

So what are you waiting on.....go try this workout!! Let me know what you think.

Oh and if my body gets smoking hot like Jenny's is because of this workout....I'll post a picture of me in a bikini.


Tori said...

work it girl work itttt

Becky said...

Holy cow Betty! That sounds intense! To hold it for a whole minute in a hot Arkansas summer's garage! You are a tough cookie. Mike and I did yoga for a whole year together and it really is tough to get into some of those poses!

You and Jenny and are agonna be HAWT!

Betty said...

Well we do have the heat here........but some of those poses are just plain unimaginable for me!! :)
But good for you and I hope you have fun!

Yankee Girl said...

That looks amazing. I'm gonna try it with the husband. That way he can catch me if I fall over!

Julie said...

wow, let us know how it works for you!

Joy said...

We have that Bikram yoga here too. I haven't gone, but I know a few who have.
I love yoga. But don't go like I should.
Glad you are liking it.
Do the men where those diaper looking things there. They do at this one.


Heather said...

Yeah, I'm thinking I'll stick with Boot Camp and Muscle Max...

Girl, you'll be in that bikini in no time once the July heat hits!

Susie said...

Good luck to you! I hope you reach your goal:-)

Anonymous said...

I just got done doing yoga! Although it wasn't hot yoga...bummer.

Life with Kaishon said...

I never heard of this! Good for you though! It looks impressive!

Anonymous said...

I haven't done yoga in a while.

I always feel peaceful and wonderful after though.

You've inspired me.

To go to bed...

...and wake up in the morning to do some yoga poses.

I suck at the one legged ones. I'm a klutz.

I do love a good warrior pose though. Makes me feel strong and centered.

That's it. I'm totally doing yoga tomorrow.

Mrsbear said...

Wow, that sounds...uhm, sweaty! It's definitely hot enough here to give it a try, but I don't know if I'd be able to handle it, our garage is beyond sauna hot. It's suffocating. Let us know what kind of results you get. I'm feeling the perspiration just thinking about it.

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

I used to do this when I lived in Phoenix. LOVED it.

You go girl!!!

Aubrey said...

I'm sweating just reading about this!! I have seen a few new yoga spots in town and have been curious. Maybe I should take a couple classes and see how I like it! Especially if I can have a smokin' hot body too!! LOL