Sweating your way to relaxation


Josephine Latimer, Staff Writer

The first time walking into hot yoga could cause apprehension in some people. Not knowing what to expect, many may have doubts on their abilities to make it through a session, whether it is reservations on flexibility or the 100+ degree room.

However, when the melodic music starts to fill the heated air and muscles begin to loosen, one hardly realizes the sweat rolling from their bodies.

After the session is complete a cool wash cloth dipped in calming aromatic scents is then distributed, a highlight after doing strenuous work in the dense, heated room.

Hot yoga, also known as bikram yoga, is a great and enjoyable way to de-stress and get in shape.

For those who have doubts on whether or not to try hot yoga, there are many reasons why one should try it out.

To calm the fears of those who are inflexible, there are easier variations available to beginners.

If one is unable to do a more advanced move geared towards those with more experience, there are poses that put less stress on your body that are equally beneficial.

Jill Price, director of the Wilkes Adventure Education program, believes those who have fears and insecurities should go and try it out, even if one needs to rest throughout the class.

“Don’t judge yourself if you need to sit down. In yoga they teach you if it’s too much, sit down…it boosts your confidence to sit down on a mat having gone than to dodge it if you’re afraid.”

Lyssa Scott, a junior IM student, weighs in on her experience with hot yoga.

“I did it the first time and really liked it but I thought it was just a one-time thrill. When I went back the second time I was getting so much deeper in the poses, it was so great.”

There are also health benefits if one regularly does hot yoga. A study in Time magazine showed “increases in strength and muscle control, as well as a big improvement in balance.”

Along with these physical boosts, hot yoga may also provide psychological benefits as well.

Boston Magazine ran a story stating, “heat has traditionally been used to promote wellness. The heated environment may enhance the antidepressant effects of this form of yoga.”

Whether it is personal problems or school related stress, hot yoga could provide the necessary calming boost one needs as exams and papers begin to pile up. For more questions on hot yoga contact Jill Price.