Hot yoga is practised in rooms heated up to 100 degrees, the high temperature enhancing muscle suppleness and releasing toxins from the body. Practising hot yoga regularly is believed to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of complaints, including backpain, sports injuries, insomnia, and stress. Both meditative and physically challenging, Hot Yoga uses a seamless flow of poses in conjunction with dynamic breathing to create a deep heat in the body that builds strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration and alertness. This book sets out all the preparatory information needed to understand the principles of Hot Yoga, from breathing techniques to the movement sequences. There is information too on when, where and how often to practise, and what equipment is needed. The home-based instruction allows the student to practise wherever they feel comfortable - be it at home, on the beach or in the park - using a book that effortlessly guides through this energetic but nourishing style of yoga practice.
Marilyn Barnett is a certified Bikram method yoga instructor and co-owner of Yoga Connection Tribeca in New York City. A former nurse and mother of two, she combines a passion for yoga and wellness with a meticulous and a nurturing style of teaching yoga.
Introduction Why hot yoga? What is yoga? What is hot yoga? The body and heat Developing in mind and body How the body works Moving with understanding Key movements Hot yoga at home Preparing for practice Relaxation in Savasana The Poses: Standing poses - Warming up Standing deep breathing Half-moon pose with hands-to-feet pose Awkward pose Eagle pose - Balancing Standing head-to-knee pose Standing bow pulling pose Balancing stick - Separating the legs Standing separate leg stretching pose Triangle pose Standing separate leg head-to-knee pose - Stabilising Tree pose and toe stand pose Floor poses - Compressing the abdomen Wind-removing pose - Spine strengthening Cobra pose Half-locust pose Full locust pose Bow pose - Spinal flexibility Fixed firm pose Half-tortoise pose Camel pose Rabbit pose - Rotating the spine Head-to-knee pose with stretching pose Spine twisting pose - Cleansing body and mind Blowing in Firm (Hero) pose The cool-down Savasana Resources and Glossary Index