Daphne’s story – how hot yoga has helped with the menopause

Daphne has found many benefits from hot yoga in her previous 2 years practicing with Yogafurie. Most especially Daphne has found that her regular practice of hot yoga has helped her to manage her symptoms throughout the menopause.

Daphne, 53, attended a Yogafurie hot yoga class 2 years ago and became hooked. That same time starting hot yoga was also when she noticed her menopause and its symptoms kicking in. “I was noticing symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes and insomnia where I would wake up lots of times in the night and couldn’t get back to sleep.”

Hot yoga has helped Daphne with her insomnia, she reports that she still does wake up in the night but can go back to sleep due to the control Daphne has now developed over her body and mind. “I can be back to sleep in 10 minutes even when it’s 5am in the morning. My alarm goes off at 5:40 each week and before there would be no hope, I wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep. Now I can get an extra 30 minutes in the morning. And it doesn’t panic me either because even if I don’t go back to sleep, I’m getting such good relaxation and rest anyway.”

Daphne, with a successful career in specialist social welfare, is a married mother of three young adults and owns a pet dog, usually attends Yogafurie 3 times a week. Daphne reports that the hot flushes are a strong symptom that she notices from menopause. “When the hot flushes come it completely takes over me, with the heat and the sweat.” However thanks to her regular practice of hot yoga, Daphne’s body has acclimatised to the heat of the practice. “I still sweat, but it feels easier and doesn’t bother me. I can ride it out as it’s not such a shock to my body to feel that hot.”

A regular Yogafurie hot yoga practice brings many other benefits, including de-stressing and helping with focus. “I have to focus on keeping my balance and how I’m moving, I find I’m thinking so hard about how to adjust my body that I don’t think about anything else. I’ll come out so de-stressed because I’ve switched off completely from everything else”.

Another of the reported benefits that Daphne offers is more confidence in her body. “I come out at 7:30am feeling cleansed, full of energy and really liking my body as it feels good, strong and capable”. Daphne reports that she finds she is still burning calories a couple of hours following her class and it has helped her to stay strong and flexible. “As you get older your bones get weaker and my hot yoga practice is counterbalancing that.”

Currently Daphne is studying her 200 hour Yoga & Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Yogafurie Academy and will graduate in May 2020. “My very long term plan is that it’s something I would like to carry in to retirement. I might focus on offering yoga classes to elderly people as they often have specific movement limitations and it will be a great way to help combat loneliness.”

You can also discover how Yogafurie hot yoga can transform your life and bring you benefits that you might never have imagined! Check out our hot yoga timetable, with 20 classes a week and 7 different styles on offer, we’re sure there will be something for you!

Laura’s story of physical, mental and family benefits gained from Yogafurie Hot Yoga

Laura has found so many benefits in her life from Yogafurie Hot yoga that she is now celebrating her 500th class in 3 years.

Laura, 41, reports she is the strongest she has ever been, as well as enjoying both physical and mental health benefits thanks to her regularly attending Yogafurie Hot Yoga.

“I was looking for an exercise, something physical that would benefit me instead of having a gym membership”.

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How Heat Helps Healing

10 weeks ago yesterday I broke my spine in a motorbike accident – you can read what happened here. Initially I was told I had broken my L1 vertebra and was prescribed a back brace, crutches and an unholy amount of cocodamol which I never took.

I really needed the back brace and the crutches after the accident. I couldn’t walk on my own without the support of both. And even with those two to help me, I couldn’t make myself a cup of tea or run myself a bath for the first 2 weeks. I felt close to completely helpless. The only thing I could do was sleep, read, watch Netlfix (obviously) and practice copious amounts Yoga Nidra to hopefully boost my healing response. I knew I was one of the lucky ones, that I could heal, but it didn’t stop the difficult moments getting to me.

The accident was July 17th. It has taught me that I really am not someone to take this lying down (so to speak!). I did as much as I could whenever I could. As soon as I could make my own lunches and dinners, I was cooking. As soon as I could carry lightweight objects, I was putting the rubbish out. As soon as I could drive, or perhaps a little too soon before I could drive, I was behind the wheel.

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You Don’t Get The A** You Want By Sitting On It

Written by Kate Hardcastle, a Yogafurie Hot Yoga Instructor and a graduate of Yogafurie Academy Teacher Training

We may have heard of HIIT yoga, OM Yoga Weights and Fitness Yoga used to describe classes and workshops before. What does this mean? Why is fitness becoming a big thing in the many different types of yoga on offer?

Have you ever been in a yoga class and your instructor holds you in plank (uttitha chaturanga dandasana) for so long that you feel like collapsing in a puddle on the mat? How about that inward groan as you lower down into chair (utkatasana) for the twentieth time before you’ve even reached halfway through? Do you experience shaky legs after your class?

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Why Hot Yoga is so Great!

This article is written by Sinead. As one of our lead instructors, Sinead is someone who absolutely loves Hot Yoga and truly believes in it’s capacity to help people feel fantastic.

Since my motorbike accident 3 weeks ago (you can read about it here), I have had a lot of time to think and to reflect about what Yoga and Hot Yoga mean to me. And they mean an awful lot!

Here I offer some of the main benefits of Hot Yoga that I have experienced over the years.

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Summer Sweatfest Challenge and Little Hero Charity

From John:

So I am 3 sessions in now and on track for my ‘warm up act’ target! I would have aimed for more but having had nearly 18 months away from the studio baby steps is my approach!

I am glad too, session 1 was a big eye opener! Despite the recent heat wave, it is still surprising how hot the studio can feel when you first enter. Whilst I quickly acclimatized, it is fair to say my yoga (and balance) was a little rusty and I had forgotten all the little extras that make all the difference, specifically a water bottle and hand towel! So whist thoroughly enjoyable, I was definitely a wobbly and unnaturally sweaty student with envious eyes on the many water bottles surrounding me! 

After such a long time, it was really good to get back into the studio. I was a little nervous as I had not been in since Will my son had been diagnosed, so it was definitely a little emotional to return. That said, once I had gotten over my initially exhaustion and self-inflicted dehydration, I was pleased to again experience the jump in energy levels and contentment I remembered from before.

Now three sessions in and I am pleased to see how quickly the steadiness and flexibility is returning. Although whilst thoroughly entertaining to try, Aaron’s hand stands are still a little way off!

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Serratus Anterior – Yoga Anatomy

The quadricep, hamstrings, and hip flexors get a lot of attention in yoga. Yet, there is another muscle that is commonly used in yoga, but one that you may have never heard of. That muscle is the serratus anterior.

The serratus anterior is a deep muscle that supports and abducts the scapula. ‘Serratus’ is a Latin word that means, ‘saw-like’ and refers to the appearance of this muscle. The serratus anterior might not be mentioned very often in your yoga class, but you use it every single time you move into High Plank.

The serratus anterior in terms of an asana-based yoga practice

The serratus anterior slow our descent from High Plank into Chaturanga. When these muscles are weak, we come crashing down.

The serratus anterior originates at the side of the first through eight ribs. It runs laterally around the rib cage, passes underneath the scapula to insert on its medial border. The serratus anterior acts to abduct the scapula, or pull them away from each other. So when your yoga teacher tells you to, ‘push the floor away from you’ or to ‘lift up out of your shoulders’, it is the serratus anterior abducting the scapula which allows you to perform those actions. The action of the serratus anterior is critical for several other positions. Continue reading “Serratus Anterior – Yoga Anatomy”

Yoga and Hot Yoga: deeper through anatomy

(Try this at home!)

How can the study of anatomy deepen your Yoga and Hot Yoga practice? Well for one thing it can provide scientific guidelines to help you keep your body safe. For example, did you know that the discs that stack between and cushion your vertebrae get rehydrated whilst you sleep, so your spine is literally longer after a nights sleep. Pretty cool fact but how can this apply to a Yoga and Hot Yoga practice. Well, because your spine is longer in the morning this means all the ligaments and tendons that hold the spine together are tighter in the morning than in the evening. And tight ligaments feel stiff and are easier to pull. So, if you are practicing in the morning you should expect the body to feel stiffer in backbends than later in the day, and perhaps you might warm the back up more or go lighter in backbending postures then you would in an evening practice.

hmmmmm…..

 

 

 

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Meet the Teachers at Yogafurie!

Meet Aaron!

Aaron trained with Yogafurie Academy to become a Yoga and Hot Yoga Teacher. Often we find Yoga Teachers who’s teaching style we love, and we regularly go to their classes. And then a great teacher-student bond forms over time. However we never really get to learn about the person behind the Teacher. Well, now Yogafurie is offering a ‘Meet the Teachers’ section on our newsletter and blog! This time, meet Aaron. Below is a little more information about Aaron’s passions in life.

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Sam’s Story – How Yogafurie Hot Yoga Helped to Transform Her Life

Sam Hothersall found her symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) so crippling that she moved to Malta to avoid the long British winter. Last autumn she was anxiously awaiting the onset of SAD when a friend recommended she tried hot yoga at Yogafurie.

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For Sam, an arts teacher at a secondary school, attending the classes was a revelation. ‘It was amazing,’ she says. ‘I went five times a week through the winter and it really helped me. I was waking up early and going before work, and I felt lovely and warm all day.’

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