Indee Hot Yoga

Nestled in the Old Town, Indee Yoga is a spacious, light-filled, peaceful oasis & the ideal place to begin, or deepen your yoga journey through the Bikram Method of Hot Yoga! 

Hot Yoga in Summer? Absolutely!

6 great reasons to keep up your hot yoga practice even when its “scorchio” outside

You’ve spent all Winter cooped up indoors, your only taste of Summer being your regular Indee Hot Yoga sessions. With the wonderful long, hot, days we have been having, haven’t you done enough sweating in pursuit of health and wellbeing? Isn’t it crazy to walk from stifling heat into an even hotter studio?

Not a bit! In fact the Summer months are a great time to carry on practicing your hot yoga. We know that it’s very tempting to skip a class or two when the sun is shining, but regular hot yoga can actually help you enjoy the Summer more.

Here are 6 important reasons to carry on with hot yoga when the sun is beating down outside.

1. You’re acclimatised

Your Indee Hot Yoga practice means you’re used to hot temperatures. Most people have trouble adjusting to a rise in heat. But not you. Your body can cool itself more efficiently. When you get overheated you have all your hot yogi tools at your disposal. Such as breathing deeply and calmly, not panicking when your body gets uncomfortable and being perfectly OK about having sweat on your skin.  

2. It energises you

Outdoor heat can be oppressive, making you feel lethargic, frazzled and fed up. But the heat inside our hot studio is an energising heat which, combined with the 26 Bikram poses, detoxifies and energises you, helping you cope with the outside temperatures.

3. You’ve developed good habits

You already know that good hydration is the key to good health. And although often our intake of alcohol goes up during the Summer (think of all those beer gardens, barbecues and garden parties!), your Indee Hot Yoga practice means that you’ll easily recognise the signs of dehydration and be able to do something about it.

4. You’re pre-warmed up

The Summer temperatures and humid outside air will help get your muscles nicely loosened and warmed up before you even arrive on your mat in our hot studio. This means your practice warm up is much quicker and easier. Your hamstrings will be more pliable making forward folds less of an effort and all your muscles will enjoy the benefits of an extra deep stretch.

5. You’re keeping your body in shape

Your hot yoga practice has made you fit, strong, toned and ready for whatever Summer activities await you: the beach, the pool, the great outdoors. Keeping up with your practice throughout the Summer means you’re keeping your body in check and staying strong and flexible.

6. You won’t suffer from the “blues” when Winter comes around again

Taking a break from your hot yoga practice even for a few weeks during the Summer will make it harder to return to your mat later in the year. A break of any duration will change your body and your yogi mindset, making it challenging to resume your good habits. Better to keep up your practice all year round.

So don’t let the temptations of a warm, sunny day undo all your good work. Keep up your hot yoga practice by regularly checking out our class schedule: your body and your mind will thank you.

Namaste, Lucy

Five Proven Ways to Avoid the “Hot Yogi Hangover”

All hot yogis know the importance of hydration. You don’t sweat that much without feeling the need to have a drink. It’s reassuring to see that almost everyone that attends an Indee Hot Yoga class comes armed with plenty of water. BUT drinking water alone is not always ideal.

No-one is denying that hydration is critical to our overall health and wellbeing. Water makes up between 60 – 80% of our bodyweight, depending on our age, and drinking water helps with energy levels and brain function. It prevents overheating, headaches and migraines, and it can even help with weight loss.

But when you’re getting your sweat on during a hot yoga session hydration becomes not just important, but crucial to prevent dizziness, nausea, fatigue and muscle cramp – the infamous “yogi hangover”.

Water is great when you’re feeling thirsty - it’s free and has zero calories after all – and its only natural that you’d reach for a water bottle when you’ve been working hard on your mat sweating out all those toxins. But have you noticed that, as diligent as you are about keeping hydrated during the class, you still sometimes get a headache?

You cannot properly rehydrate with water alone. The main reason for this is electrolytes – or lack of them. When you’re exercising for up to 90 minutes in 40oC heat you’re not just sweating out toxins but also electrolytes. These are the minerals that carry electrical charges around our bodies that help you retain water and keep things like your muscles moving. So the electrolytes you lose during a hot yoga session need to be replaced – and quickly. A headache or muscle cramp is a sure sign that your body is deficient in electrolytes.

Fortunately there are plenty of things you can do to replace the lost electrolytes after a steamy hot yoga session.

-        Coconut water is very popular now and readily available in most health food shops and large supermarkets. Coconut water is packed with electrolytes and is an excellent way to replace those lost from your body during hot yoga. Plus it’s all natural, free from added sugar and doesn't contain artificial ingredients or food colourings

-        Eat something high in water: fruit and vegetables especially. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and starches as they are dehydrating

-        Make your own healthy electrolyte-rich drink by adding a pinch of natural salt and pure lemon juice to filtered water, or follow this amazing recipe for a homemade electrolyte drink

-        DO NOT use a sports drink since they are usually high in sugar, artificial colourings and all sorts of harmful additives

-        Our bodies can take up to 45 minutes to process water, so I also recommend that you have a large electrolyte drink about an hour before the class. This will mean you won’t be starting the class feeling bloated or thirsty. Plus it will make a huge difference to your energy and stamina, giving you a better experience in the hot studio.

Yoga is all about taking care of our bodies and our wellbeing. This includes making sure you choose the right way to hydrate for you and your body. I hope I’ve been able to give you some useful tips.

Namaste, Lucy

Hot Yoga: Secret to Top Athletes’ Success? 

 OK maybe we wouldn’t go that far, but whatever your sport and whatever your level – weekend amateur to full-time professional – the benefits of hot yoga are unquestionable. Many athletes, including Andy Murray and England football star Lianne Sanderson, swear by Bikram’s many benefits, both in its own right and as a complement to their own training. Here’s why… 

 

Prevents Injury & Aids Recovery

If you’re a runner, you train by running. If you’re a cyclist, you cycle. Etcetera. This kind of specific training can cause certain muscles to be ignored and can lead to injury. Yoga focuses on the whole body, so no muscle gets left out. And Bikram is a low impact way to train and recover from injury – there’s no pressure on your joints with hot yoga. 

 

Improves Flexibility 

A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Researchmeasured the flexibility (among other things) of students before and after an eight-week course of Bikram yoga. After the course all the students displayed increased flexibility in the trunk, hips, hamstrings and shoulders. They’d also lost a small amount of body-fat, if yours is the kind of sport where leanness is key. 

Improves Breath Control 

You can enhance your sports performance by 15% when you exercise proper breathing, according to a Portsmouth University study. Hot yoga can help you learn how to do this, with its emphasis on breathing through poses. 

  

Improves Strength & Stamina 

Calling all marathon runners / triathletes / boxers, etc: Bikram yoga’s core-strengthening, gentle, whole-body workout, is great for building endurance and stamina.  

  

Relieves Stress 

Stress is so damaging to athletes: you can’t be in the zone when your mind’s all over the place and you can’t sleep at night for worrying. Well, guess what? Bikram can help. Research has found that a course of hot yoga increases mindfulness and decreases stress levels.  

 

Improves Concentration 

Bikram helps train your mind to block distractions by forcing you to concentrate on your breath and your body; vital for athletes, for whom distractions can mean the difference between winning or losing, a PB or an average performance. 

 

Improves Mental Strength

The Bikram studio’s heat and humidity combined with the learning of the 26 postures and persevering to improve your practice is excellent training in self-control, determination, concentration and patience. In short, Bikram + specific training = improvement, whatever your athletic discipline.  

How to maximise the benefits of Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga 101: 

All you need to know to get the most from your hot yoga practice. 

 

You’ve never done any hot yoga? This is for you. We hope it persuades you to give it a go: it’s a wonderful thing, honestly. This is also for you if you want to maximise the benefits of your yoga practise. We’re nice like that : ) 

 

  1. No Surprises 

A hot – or Bikram – yoga class will pretty much always follow the same script. This is precisely so that once you’ve been to a couple of classes you’ll know what’s going to happen and will be able to turn your mind to the meditation of Bikram, rather than concentrating on what the teacher is saying. 

 

  1. Arrive Early 

We recommend you turn up at the studio around half an hour before the class starts so you can get yourself sorted, find your space in the studio and get used to the heat before the class starts.  

 

  1. Dress Right 

When you know you’re going to get sweaty (and you are going to get sweaty!), you need proper, breathable fabrics. A pair of cotton leggings aren’t going to cut it. You don’t need to spend a fortune – just spend right. A pair of shorts and a sports bra are ideal. We are not in the market for body shaming, so please wear what you like, whatever your body shape.  

 

  1. Embrace the Sweat 

Other than stopping the sweat dripping into your eyes, try not to wipe it off. Sweat is there to keep you cool – wiping it off will only make you hotter. 

 

  1. Hydrate Ahead 

Try to drink plenty of water in the hours before the class: chugging loads just before or during the class can make you feel sick. If you arrive well hydrated, you should only need to take a few sips. 

 

  1. It’s HOT! 

Yep, it’s hot. Very hot. But you can handle it. It’s pretty common for people new to hot yoga to feel overwhelmed their first couple of times; the heat can make people feel dizzy or even induce a kind of panic fight-or-flight emotion. But honestly, sit still, close your eyes, breathe slowly through your nose, and the feelings will pass. If you feel you need to leave the room, that's totally fine. Take a minute, then re-join us. Embrace the heat and let yourself sweat: it’s doing good things for your body and mind.   

  1. It Shouldn’t Hurt 

The poses of Bikram yoga are meant to be challenging. It’s fine to feel discomfort – it’s not fine to feel pain. Don’t force yourself or push a pose; that’s not what it’s about. Take it slowly. 

 

  1. Come Back! 

The first class is hard work. The second class is a revelation! Or so lots of students say. You’ve got to give Bikram a chance. INDEE’s founder Lucy didn’t enjoy Bikram at all to start with… 

 

If you have any questions about INDEE or hot yoga, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you soon!