The Flexibly Challenged Yogi

Something that has always bugged me when I try to convince people to come to a yoga class with me is when they say, “I’d be no good at yoga, I’m not very flexible.” To which I’d reply, “neither am I!” I’ve always had short hamstrings (probably not helped by my historic love for outdoor running and lack of enthusiasm for a cool down). I also have tight hips (can’t think of a good reason for this – too much TV watching perhaps?) I also have a slight anterior pelvic tilt which basically means my bum sticks out a bit, probably caused by too much sitting.

flexibly challenged

Ten months ago, I decided to train to become a yoga teacher. I’ve always loved how yoga keeps me physically fit and calms my mind down, so I thought ‘why not?!’ So day one of yoga teacher training arrives: as you can probably imagine, I was bottom of the class in the flexibility ratings. Surrounded by a sea of bendy Wendy’s, I was facing a tough uphill struggle to be able to keep up with the others and do all the poses ‘correctly’. Luckily Ed, our wise trainer, told us, “There is no correct pose. It’s not about touching your toes. That may come with practice, but it’s about staying with your breath and being in the present moment.” Well, this was music to my ears! I didn’t need to look like all those super bendy girls on Instagram; where I got to in each pose was perfect for me (even if it was on top of a mountain of
blocks!) I also learnt that it’s incredibly unhelpful to compare yourself to others. So I stopped worrying and just tried my best.

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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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What Are The Benefits of Hot Yoga?

What are the benefits of Hot Yoga? Are there any?

A recent newspaper article declared that Hot Yoga is no better for your heart than regular Yoga. The article is flawed however: it focuses on just measures around heart function and in Yoga or Hot Yoga, we always try to breathe full, calm breaths. This breath style activates our parasympathetic (relaxation) response. Instead of getting stressed by the effort, we learn to ease into it – and that’s a useful skill, fully transferable to many other life situations. Naturally, here isn’t a big change in heart measures! We’re calming the heart down all the
time. Looking at heart measures is an ill-informed approach to quantifying the effects of Hot Yoga.

benefits

If no one is claiming that Hot Yoga is a cardio workout, then what are the benefits? I recently blogged about a natural substance called heat shock protein. The interaction between Hot Yoga and heat shock protein hasn’t been explored in a clinical or research setting, so my blog really just discusses what I found out from a literature search. Still, it makes interesting reading! So, is there anything really quantifiable?

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Project W.A.S.H, Running the Half Marathon and Raising Money for Charity

A dedicated Yogafurie Student, James Walker, is running the Water of Life Half Marathon! With your help he hopes to build a rainwater harvesting tank in a rural village in Kisoro, Uganda.

The water tank will reduce water stress for a community of over 100 people. It will capture and store rainwater to provide a water source which would otherwise be miles away.

The area “suffers for water”, and it is the job of children to walk miles over mountainous terrain to fetch it and carry heavy 20 litre jerry cans. This means they are often late for school and arrive exhausted. With your donations we can build this simple water solution and reduce water stress to this villagers and their children!

project w.a.s.h

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Cat – Our Teacher Trainee and her Community Classes for M.E. Sufferers

One of our very own Teacher Trainees has started up her own classes aimed towards helping suffers of M.E. and Fibromyalgia

Follow our blog to keep up to date with the progress of her lovely sessions

Big Om!

I have come to learn that teaching yoga isn’t about being able to pull all the most difficult poses or even know all their Sanskrit names. It’s about being able to share your own authentic experience with people in ways that may allow them to experience something beneficial for them.

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Do you ask a lot of yourself? Give yourself a lot of care in return

8 training sessions a week! Why you need to look after yourself when you ask a lot of yourself

When you’re asking a lot out of your body, you need to make sure that you’re giving your body a lot of love in return. As Yogafurie is for all abilities, we do attract students with incredibly high levels of fitness who love to supplement their training with hot yoga.

Femi Robinson has been to over 100 Yogafurie sessions. She focused on building her strength through weight training. Femi is committed to her fitness, you’ll find her breaking a sweat 8 times per week!

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Hot yoga as a family activity. Why hot yoga is great for Carmen & Alison to spend time together

Families that play together stay together

As well as hot yoga, Alison & Carmen love to spend time together by going for walks, cooking, going to the movies and tackling The Observer cryptic crossword in record times
As well as coming to hot yoga, Alison & Carmen love to spend time together by going for walks, cooking, going to the movies and tackling The Observer cryptic crossword

 

 

Spending time with your loved ones is top priority on your to-do list

 

With our daily lives getting busier and busier, it’s easy to let spending quality time with your parents, siblings and children slip down your list of priorities. A regular family activity is a great way to make sure that you make the time for your loved ones.

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Hot yoga for office workers

Do you work in an office?

The crumbs in the keyboard. The bubble of the water cooler. That one colleague who shares way to much information with you about their weekend antics. Yes, the modern day workforce is truly a sight to behold.

Unfortunately, us humans weren’t made to crouch over a desk for 8 hours a day and give account reviews to clients. The stresses that we face in our modern workday are completely different to what we have evolved to cope with.

Stress office

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What’s it like to do Hot Yoga as a couple? Sue & Mark Hula tell us their story

“We joined in May 2013 and we are still practising; I think that says it all.”

What’s it like to do hot yoga as a couple?

Sue and Mark Hula are a couple of our long term Yogafurie members, having been coming to Yogafurie for almost 3 years now! There are so many different exercise choices available these days, it’s always great when you find something that works for you long term.

They enjoy coming to the hot yoga classes together as a couple. They enjoy sharing a common interest and a bit of friendly competition as a couple too!

I wanted to find out what it’s like to come to Yogafurie as a couple and we got their views on hot yoga:

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Fighting Fit – MMA Fighter Mario Saeed vs. Yogafurie Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga keeping you at the top of your game

 

Mario Saeed

Taking care of yourself is so important when you regularly push your mind and body to the limits.

A lot of athletes see the value in hot yoga for all it’s health benefits like:

  • Building strength and flexibility
  • Injury prevention and promoting long term health
  • The focus on breathing helps keep your mind steady and strengthens your cardiovascular system

Our Yogafurie member and professional MMA fighter, Mario Saeed, tells us about what our hot yoga classes does for him.

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