Project Scale Down: Day 27 & Hot Yoga

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So, I returned to hot yoga (Vinyasa Flow) today!! I felt really good and am pleased that, although I’ve only been doing short work-outs, the consistent exercise routine really seems to have paid off. The room got up to 102°, but I didn’t even really feel it too much other than sweating. A couple of months ago, I was on my a@#$ about 20 minutes into class and couldn’t get it together for the life of me!!

BENEFITS OF HOT YOGA:

Health and Fitness:
As I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you, yoga improves cardio capacity, strength, balance and flexibility. According to FitDay.com, “Vinyasa classes typically burn 445 calories per hour, or the same amount as jogging at a slow pace for 60 minutes.” But, I swear to you, I think that I burn more and my instructor told me that you can burn up to as many as 800 calories in a 75 minute class.

Skin:
Today, my yoga instructor told me that there was a study published in this month’s issue of Prevention magazine that indicates being in 70% humidity reduces wrinkles! I couldn’t find the article online yet, but believe you me, I’ll be looking for it to share with you guys. I did notice that the appearance of my skin improves and my forehead wrinkles decreased when I was doing yoga twice a week last year. I thought it was a combo of the increased water consumption and sweating out toxins. Maybe the humidity in the room was a factor as well! So, I’ll keep looking for that article online to update this post and validate the information. However, again, even without the humidity factor, I did notice a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and improvement in tone when I was doing yoga regularly.

Hair:
Yup, believe it or not, yoga … more specifically inversion poses in yoga … may have benefits for hair. This is because being upside down increases blood flow to the scalp and, hence, may help stimulate the cells that promote growth.

via LiveStrong.com

The average person grows hair at the rate 1/2 inch per month and has 100,000 strands of hair on their head. The best way to grow long, thick hair quickly is to increase your blood circulation, which will stimulate your hair follicles and help your hair to grow at the fastest speed possible for you. Scalp massages, inversion exercises and brushing your hair will all increase the speed of growth. The more hair you grow, the thicker the appearance will be. …

Do yoga poses like downward facing dog, forward fold, headstands, handstands, and peacock to put your body in an inverted or partially inverted position. Yoga Sun Salutations include these poses so most classes and DVDs will work, or you can learn them from an instructor and do them at home. Forward fold is the easiest of these poses to do. Start by standing up straight with your legs and feet together. Reach your arms over your head and bend forward at the waist as you reach for your toes. Breathe in and out through your nose and relax your neck allowing the blood to flow to your head.

So yeah, definitely trying to get back into regular hot yoga sessions so that I can realize all the benefits!! I mean, I was looking at some of my videos from the summer and boy can I see the difference!!

Day 27:

  • 75 minute Vinyasa Flow hot yoga class.
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7 responses »

  1. Awesome on 75 minutes! For the next 28 days, I plan to change (start changing) my body radically by incorporating HIIT (high intensity interval training).

    I wanted to ask for tips on diet to sustain (build) muscle definition and reduce body fat. I eat around 1200-1550 a day (I need to stick to it better) and I do track nutrients as well. Any tips will be helpful!

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    • Chys, my standard recommendation is to limit your starchy carbs to brown rice, small/medium potatoes (white, red, sweet) and oatmeal (try to limit breads, pastas, etc. to no more than once or twice a week). Try to get protein at each meal (egg whites at breakfast, fish or chicken at lunch and dinner, protein shake after work-out … I’ve been planning a post on that for a while, so I’ll give you the advance preview, try Nectar brand protein. It’s made of Whey Protein Isolate and tastes GREAT with no carbs or fat. There are several flavors; I love the strawberry mousse!). And, of course, lots of veggies. As you may know, I’m big on broccoli, spinach and sugar snap snow peas, but salads with romaine, kale, etc. are excellent too and, of course any other colorful veggies you’d like to add. Hope that helps!!

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  2. I really like hot yoga as well but it took me a while to train my mind to stop saying “oh lawd Im gonna die in here….it’s too hot….I GOTTA GET OUTTA HERE!” After that….I’m good….lol!

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