The incredible benefits of yoga

The benefits of yoga can have a positively transformative effect on your life

These positive effects aren’t limited to those who have previously been to yoga classes either. The benefits of yoga are there for anyone who has the desire to make a change. Even if you are someone who leads a primarily sedentary lifestyle or are already actively participating in other exercise regimes or sports, Yoga can put you on a path to inner and outer wellness.

Now, we aren’t saying for one second that eating in bed and binge-watching Netflix for 11 straight hours isn’t a form of self-care because, frankly, it is. What we are saying is that balance is important for a healthy mind and body and yoga can help us achieve this balance by stimulating them both simultaneously.

There is often a concern surrounding yoga. One that you must be extremely fit, stretchy or flexible to participate. This cannot be further from the truth. It is true that you might build up a bit of a sweat in our classes and stretch your body farther than you normally would, however, there are great benefits to be gained, even for a novice.  As you will soon see our yoga studios are both hygienic and beautiful and our instructors will make you feel completely at ease. Not only that, you’ll meet a load of like-minded friends who, like yourself, are looking to improve their fitness, lose weight, clear their mind and increase their flexibility and energy levels.

So now that we have established that yoga is a totally natural practice, let’s have a look at two of our classes and which would be the best fit for you.

Ashtanga Yoga from Bonfire Yoga

Ashtanga is a traditional form of yoga. It is the genesis for much of the mainstream yoga we see today. Ashtanga Yoga consists of a series vigorous poses which include standing poses as well as an introduction to beginner level floor postures found in the Ashtanga Primary Series. It is focused on alignment and breath and taught traditionally to go with awhile utilising the guidelines go the traditional Vinyasa count of coordinating breath and movements together.

Ashtanga Yoga will strengthen the connection between your mind and body while getting rid of toxins and reshaping your body. Ashtanga Yoga is a strong practice and recommended for yoginis who have had at least a little bit of experience.  The practice room is not heated, but still results in warming core body temperature by deep breathing and movement.

Hot Yoga from Bonfire Yoga

Hot Yoga is a collection of 27 Yoga postures and two breathing exercises that are performed in a room that’s heated to 38°C. Now we know what you’re thinking, it is hot, but it’s an ancient form of yoga that is heavily influenced by Bikram and has been arranged to benefit any level of Yogini regardless of their age or experience.

What makes Hot Yoga so effective and rewarding is the sequencing of these postures and the unique environment in which they are performed. So, what are the benefits of Hot Yoga? Hot Yoga can help you to:

  • lose weight
  • tone and reshape your body
  • increase your energy (like, a LOT)
  • increase flexibility
  • decrease stress
  • improve digestion
  • increase libido
  • lower your blood pressure

There are so many more benefits it would be silly to try and list them all in this article.

You may also be wondering why Hot Yoga needs to be so, well…hot. The reason for this is that by warming your muscles it allows you to work deeper in a shorter period of time and as a result, you will be able to results much faster. The heat itself has a ton of health benefits and although Hot Yoga may take some getting used to, it can change your life for the better in ways you never dreamed you could.

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