Medical experts say that flexibility is the number one way to prevent injuries during exercise.
11 Today’s Lauren Whitney gets a first-hand lesson in how to improve flexibility… with a twist.
For this week’s Slim Down, Shape Up segment she took off her tennis shoes and grabbed her Yoga mat to try out Yoga Vinyassa.
Tess McInnis of Yoga Vinyassa says, “It’s like you just walked into a sauna.”
The thermostat in the Yoga room at Yoga Vinyassa is set roughly around 95 degrees, but don’t let the heat scare you away from trying it out.
"The head is a great aspect,” McInnis says.
Tess McInnis brought this heated Yoga to the Grand Valley and it’s flowing style is much different that anything you’ll find around town.
"It’s not just stretching, it’s not just cardio, but it’s a good mixture of both put together. So you’re strengthening, you’re lengthening, you’re balancing, you’re focusing,” she says.
But back to that whole heat thing, why practice in a room so warm?
"When you head your body your muscles and the connective tissue, etc. are more viable so they expand,” she says. “They’re more viable so they expand. They’re more flexible so you can get a little deeper into the poses."
And you might have guessed.. you’ll sweat. A lot. But it’s all part of the experience.
"It helps with cleansing, flushing out the toxins,” McInnis says.
The movements are fairly quick, unlike other styles of Yoga, and don’t worry if you’re not flexible.
Client Hope Carlton says, “When I first started, I couldn’t even put my hand on the floor."
Carlton started at Yoga Vinyassa just over nine months ago and in that time she’s made great progress.
"Now I’m doing all kinds of contortions and it’s really exciting!” she says.
And Carlton isn’t the only one seeing improvement from heated yoga, Bob Thom has, too.
"A loss of inches, and a little weight loss, and tightening of the core,” he says.
Thom’s been taking yoga for more than a year and says the class might leave you a bit tired, but you’ll feel the real benefit later.
"About 5 p.m. if I’ve done a morning class, I just feel exhilarated. It just renews and you know why you did it,” he says.
Carlton also loves the afternoon rush.
"Then you get this kick of energy that carries you through the day and you feel very refreshed and very revitalized,” she says.
If you’re worried about the heat, don’t be.
McInnis says most people leave after their first class saying it’s not that bad.
The first week is free so you can try it without paying.
Click the link below for more information on Yoga Vinyassa.