What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. HIIT uses short bursts of maximum effort, with rest periods in between. It’s hard work, although the effort level can be tailored to the individual. Practitioners often see rapid gains in aerobic capacity and strength of movement, and can lose weight in a sustainable way. You can read about the physiology of how this works, and about creating effective and sustainable development plans using this method on the web.
Yogafurie Hot Yoga focuses on full, clear breathing and accuracy of movement. Sometimes, these movements can be dynamic and challenging. We develop all-over body awareness as a form of constant concentration. Practiced like this, it’s possible to continue for much longer and experience relatively little fatigue. You can read about how good breathing reduces fatigue, and case studies about how effective heat has been found for endurance training on the web.
HIIT? In a Yoga studio?
HIIT evolved from original research by a Japanese sports scientist, Izumi Tabata. There’s a feeling that HIIT has strayed too far from the original Tabata workouts. You can read more about this on our blog.
I’ve long been fascinated by the apparent differences between Tabata/HIIT and Hot Yoga, so I began researching for myself how they might come together. Both develop the same student – surely there is a way to practice that benefits from both approaches?
The result is the Yogafurie Hot Interval Workshop series. We held the first earlier in the year, and we are following up with a second on 27th October 2018. This workshop will feature accessible posture sequences, sometimes peppered with challenging variations and transitions. We will be moving on the breath, and with the breath to avoid breathlessness. We’ll pay attention to detail and keep our form and alignment clear.
We’ll begin with an effective warmup for joints and muscles, and with awareness of lower backs and of using our core to create support. We’ll end with time for restorative movements, postures and rest. Expect to work hard, but this is the inclusive Yogafurie environment: you can take breaks when you need to. We’ll be working at 38o, rather than the usual 42o.
You’ll need your mat towel and some water. I always recommend that you consider electrolyte supplements, or at least take steps to ensure you get plenty of electrolytes in your diet. Please bring a spare hand towel as well.
I’m really looking forward to this event – it’s been fun to develop, fun to practice myself and I can’t wait to share it with everyone! If you like Hot Yoga and you like exercise, then click the links below to get in touch.
– Ed, October 2018