Athletes all over the world are embracing yoga as a routine that compliments their athletic pursuits. The former World Cup German soccer team drew headlines recognizing their unique, yoga-infused training on their way to dominating on the world stage. The Seattle Seahawks, under head coach and yoga practitioner Pete Carroll, won a Super Bowl and became perennial contenders while adopting yoga as a daily routine for recovery and meditation. In all arenas and at all levels, yoga for athletes is catching on, helping yoga break out out of its stereotype.
Being a beginner at yoga is not a topic often talked about. Social media sites are often flooded with articles on how to enhance your already existing practice, like hip-opening sequences, or how to tell if your Chakras are out of balance. We often forget that we were all at one point, beginners and that even though the yoga world is always growing and expanding, there are still many who are nervous or not quite ready to take the step and join this wonderful journey of self-discovery and transformation.
It smelled awful.
… like, who would dump expired eggs into the exposed rays of Houston’s sun?
Turns out, no one. It was just the raw, human stench of determination and bliss — and this was my introduction to Houston hot yoga.
Whether you practice yoga in Houston, in another state, another country, in a studio, outside, or in the comfort of your home, the benefits that you receive from your practice go well beyond that which you feel while you’re on your mat.
I love this time of year, I really do. As we speak, the front of my house is covered in Halloween decorations, from cobwebs with spiders, to spooky ghosts and hanging lights. I love getting into the spirit of the season, with my two young boys getting excited to dress up and go trick-or-treating, I find myself becoming excited as well.
Wellness is the new "diet." It’s the new buzzword attracting health gurus and enthusiasts by the masses. However, most of us are still left confused, distracted, and frankly, a little uninspired by what we’ve come to discover. Anyone can claim that they are incorporating wellness. We can all sprinkle the word around like a Houston afternoon rain shower but, it does not mean any of us truly know what wellness is, let alone how to embody it throughout our day-to-day.
From hot pants to hot yoga, there’s never been a shortage in “getting your groove on.” But what happens when your muscles ache, grow rigid, and stay stiff? Getting groovy and feeling good quickly becomes much, much harder.
Flexibility has always been any health-conscious souls go-to healing tool. It makes room for mobility and energy. Flexibility allows you to move your body confidently and comfortably.
Despite the uncomfortably hot room, the fear of dehydration, and the possibility of a stranger sweating all over you, Hot Yoga classes are trending fast. Every corner you turn, whether back to the cubicle or to snag your favorite latte, someone is mentioning their last, crazy-good hot yoga experience. We know you know. So, that's why we are asking: What are the real benefits of Hot Yoga and why are people so crazy for it? We know the secret AND we are going to spill. Here's why do people take a Hot Yoga class and then KEEP doing it!
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