How hot yoga significantly helped me improve my running

A student of our hot yoga wrote us a testimonial about how hot yoga has helped her significantly improve her running and it’s worth a read!

Running

Firstly, I am no athlete. I love running but I run for myself, I have never competed (except with myself). So I run for fun, to try and beat my times and for the bling (medals). Over recent years I have tried to challenge myself a bit more in relation to speed, distance and endurance but I remain “average” in relation to performance.

I started coming to Yogafurie for one reason only – the heat. In March I did a 30 days for £30 at Yogafurie in preparation for my attempt at the Marathon Des Sables. All I wanted was some acclimation training. I had done a bit of YouTube yoga previously and found I quite enjoyed yogafurie’s hot yoga as well as the heat. In April I did the MdS.

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HIIT and hot yoga. What does this exciting mix mean?

What is HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT for short) requires that you work extremely hard for short periods, usually with simple movements. You take regular breaks to re-group your resources, and prepare for the next movements.

Interestingly, in Yoga classes we often work really quite hard in our postures. This can be true for more gentle practices as well as dynamic classes: depending on our inherent flexibility, even quite simple twists and balances can be very demanding. We’ve all experienced this. The transitions between postures can provide a welcome break from the
efforts required. There are some superficial similarities.

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What Makes You Happy

Throughout my life I have always lived by the motto ‘do what makes you happy’.

It was something my parents said to me when I was 18 and choosing which degree to take for University, and it has stuck with me and served me well. Consequently, I have had a few different careers, lived in a number of cities, and taken a few long career breaks to pursue my passion for travel and experiencing new cultures.

what makes you happy

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Have You Ever Wondered What If…

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you could reset, would you change anything?

I am 42, mother of 2 and full-time accountant. And some days it works beautifully, but most of the time it is pretty full on, I wish for less stress, a healthier balance and more quality time for me and the family……

So, at the end of 2017 I started to think about some of the things that made me (and my family) happy, and I thought what if?

What if I could find something that helped me balance my stress and health (back pain, tiredness, PMT)?

What if I could find something that I may be able to use for a new career?

What if I find something I am passionate about and would make me jump out of bed for work!!

So, I just did it and in Jan 2018 I joined the teacher training at Yogafurie, not knowing where it would take me but excited to see……

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Fall head over heels in love with inversions…

Turn your practice upside down!

Or: what’s all this about standing on your head then?

Yogis do some odd things. From chanting OM to getting up at getting up at silly-o-clock to practice, we can be an odd bunch. No more so than when we start standing on our heads in yoga inversions – and it turns out that there are a surprising number of different ways to do that!

But there’s method in our madness. There are serious benefits to Yoga inversions where the head is held below the heart. And there’s also quite a bit of misinformation out there about what they are! Check out our list of benefits and myth-busters.

Yoga Inversions

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10 questions to ask about a Yoga Teacher Training Course to choose the right one for you

It’s exciting!

A Yoga Teacher Training course is an amazing journey. The group you find yourself in will contain people from all walks of life, with widely different opinions and attitudes, all brought together by a love of Yoga and Hot Yoga. When you first decide to train as a teacher then you can get swept up in the excitement. There are lots of courses available, and they all sound great.

Studios generally design their own courses. There is no central body defining the syllabus, which means that the quality and content of courses can vary enormously. But in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to miss the tell-tale signs that separate the best courses courses from the rest.

This blog gives you a few simple questions to ask, that can help you balance your decision when choosing the right Yoga Teacher Training course for you.

Yoga Teacher Training

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What is Partner Yoga?

Yoga is often quite an individual practice. We are all in our own zone – rightly so, we need to introspect and stay with the breath. But every now and then, a Yoga teacher will say: “Let’s all find a partner for the next asana”. Scary stuff – especially if you’re new to the studio.

It’s perfectly understandable to use this as an opportunity for a loo break! The alternative is to do Yoga…with someone else’s body. That can feel a little strange – but it does open up a whole new world of practice and development. Read on to find out more.

Partner Yoga

Some benefits of partner Yoga

First – and probably foremost – it’s always lots of fun. After a few moments, the whole room will be chatting and laughing. The ice is broken almost immediately and your partner, who was a stranger a few moments ago, is now working with you like an old friend.

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Yogafurie – A Family Story

The Yogafurie Family Story

(p.s. it wasn’t overnight!)

family business

 

Can you remember what you were doing in 2004? I was busy implementing business intelligence systems for HP, and in my spare time I enjoyed practicing Tai Chi. And at the weekend, I would take Sinead and her two oldest brothers – all three of them were teenagers back then – to the climbing centre in St Werburghs. We spent a lot of time there, and all learned to lead climb.

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