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: 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!