Ever Had a Headache After a Hot Yoga Practice? How Hot 8 Yoga’s Heat Helps You Get A Healthier Workout

Ever Had a Headache After a Hot Yoga Practice? How Hot 8 Yoga’s Heat Helps You Get A Healthier Workout

The act of breathing lives at the center of any yoga practice. The rush of fresh oxygen into the bloodstream has the ability to calm our nerves, focus our mind, and ignite our mental and physical endurance. If your practice includes Ujjayi Breath, you’ve experienced the power of fully integrating your breath with your practice. The combination of movement with breath is the essential union that unlocks the life changing abilities of yoga. When we breathe, we take in the air around us, containing oxygen and other gases that our lungs filter and use to oxygenate our red bloods cells. Those cells travel through our bloodstream to deliver oxygen to where it’s needed in the body. The oxygen is swapped for the carbon dioxide that our body produces during cellular respiration and the same cells carry it back to the lungs to be exhaled during the next breath. The healthy exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is essential during periods of physical exertion, and is why breathing is so crucial to your yoga practice. But where does all that carbon dioxide go? It is important to ensure that there is an adequate supply of oxygen wherever you are practicing yoga. At Hot 8 Yoga, we want to give our yogis the best experience possible. We’ve developed a custom, state-of-the-art air filtration system that not only removes unhealthy toxins and bacteria from the air, but also continuously monitors the carbon dioxide levels in the heated room. The system uses an open-loop to filter and purify while adding fresh oxygenated air throughout the practice. When the CO2 monitor (in all of our yoga rooms) detects an unfavorable change in the quality of the air such that too much CO2 has been emitted into the room from all of the yoga participants, it automatically pulls in fresh, filtered air in from the outside. Then adds it to the stream of purified air that gets pumped back into the room, until the levels return to optimal. The system also regulates the humidity levels with purified steam. Our open-loop filtration system allows us to create the highest quality atmosphere for our yogis to practice in. You can experience every Ujjayi Breath you take with the comfort of knowing that you are breathing in the cleanest air you will breathe all day. That purity allows you to truly detoxify yourself and come out feeling refreshed in a way that no other studio in Los Angeles can leave you feeling. Ever wonder why you get a headache after an intense yoga class? We are the only studio in Los Angeles to provide this advanced CO2-filtration method in our practice rooms. Many other yoga studios have begun...

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Take a Deep Breath, Relieve Your Stress

Earlier this year, after I lost my temper and began arguing with my partner, he took a moment of pause and said, “Take a deep breath.” Even in my anger, I knew he wasn’t trying to be patronizing, he simply knew I was irritated and wanted to help me relax. This is his thing; he spends 15 minutes every morning meditating. But I don’t. I suffer from an all-too-common condition. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, whatever the doctors have offered to diagnosis it as, I know it simply as: I can’t quiet my mind. Meditation has always felt like something that just wasn’t for me. You contorted yourself into uncomfortable positions, you had a mantra, you sat still for long periods of time. I couldn’t imagine making that a part of my life. And yet, in the midst of that fight, I decided to try. I took a deep breath. And then another. And then, a space opened up. I realized that you didn’t need to repeat some secret mantra or contort yourself into full lotus. You just needed to breathe. Just inhale, and exhale What works for me and many other beginners is called “coherent breathing”. It is a simple practice of inhaling for a count of six, and then exhaling for a count of six. For those just beginning the practice, it can be helpful to start at a count of three, working up with each new breath. You can be sitting upright or lying down, whatever is most comfortable; there’s no particular posture you need to assume to make it effective. To help narrow your focus on your breathing, you can place one or both hands atop your belly as you breath, feeling your abdomen rise and fall with each breath. When you take a moment to sit down and breathe, you may start worrying about things you have to get done that day, people you have to call, emails you have to respond to. Just come back to the awareness of your breathing. The longer you are able to keep your focus on that and nothing else, the more effective it will be at calming you down and relieving the stress of the day. Focus on your breath and the heavy stuff slips away. It sounds so simple, but there’s a complex biological process at work when you breathe deeply. During times of stress, we tend to breath in rapid, short breaths. Under duress, the oxygen levels in our bloodstream increase, carbon dioxide levels decrease and your blood’s pH comes out of balance. How breathing calms us down “Consciously changing the way you breathe appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust the parasympathetic...

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