The room is intentionally heated to protect the muscles for safe deep stretches. The heat increases the heart rate for a better cardiovascular work-out and improves strength by putting muscle tissue in its optimal state. The metabolism starts to speed up, preparing all the systems of the body to work efficiently helping to flush toxins out the body. As the lungs fully expand and take in more oxygen, the heart starts to pump oxygen-rich blood around the body. The heat opens the pores and cleanses the skin.
The term yoga comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “yoke” or “union”. This ancient practice can be traced back 5,000 years and is intended to unite the mind, body and spirit. On the physical level, yoga postures (asanas), are designed to tone, strengthen and align the body. These postures are performed to make the spine supple and healthy and to promote blood flow to all the organs, glands and tissues, keeping all the bodily systems healthy. On the mental level, yoga uses breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana) to still, clarify and discipline the mind.