Hot yoga is a type of popular yoga that happens in a hot and humid room. Today, there are different varieties of hot yoga, classified according to the temperature and humidity, ranging from 90℉ to 108℉ (32℃ - 42℃).
Founded by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s, the first and “original” hot yoga called Bikram yoga is a formalized workout that goes through 26 poses, always in the same order, without variations. In Bikram yoga, the studios are heated to 105℉ (40.5℃), and the humidity is 40%.
Basically, hot yoga is based on the idea that the heat improves flexibility and enables better stretching, and in that way provides a chance for a better workout. But, some think and believe that heat boosts other health benefits as well, such as clearing the pores of the skin, boosting metabolism, s...
Yoga bolsters are a great prop, along with blocks, and can make doing yoga poses easier and less stressful on your knees, joints, and back. They are great for beginners and people who are less flexible.
But, before we start talking about how to use a yoga bolster, let’s ensure we’re all on the same page when it comes to what a yoga bolster actually is.
What Is a Yoga Bolster?
A yoga bolster is a special pillow designed to be placed underneath the body and help with a wide variety of yoga poses. It can be used both horizontally and vertically and is most often utilized during restorative or gentle yoga sessions. Yoga bolsters can also be useful for any other type of yoga, meaning there are no restrictions when it comes to using one.
Yoga bolsters are most commonly filled with a ...
If you've been a keen yogi for some years, it's likely you now possess the will and the strength to attempt some of those really cool — and challenging — poses you see all over Instagram. There are plenty of advanced yoga poses to pick from, but there is one particular pose that is the toughest of them all.
The "Taraksvasana," or the scorpion handstand, is widely believed to be the hardest yoga pose to master. It consists of an inverted handstand where the back is arched, and the feet arrive at the crown of the head. When done correctly, the pose resembles the tail of a scorpion.
Feel brave enough to give it a go? Let's take a closer look at how to tackle the pose.
Why Is the Scorpion Handstand So Hard?
This pose requires perfect balance as well as excellent upper body strength...
The number of calories burnt in a yoga session depends on several factors:
Body fat percentage.
Considering all of this, let’s see how many calories you can burn doing yoga.
How Many Calories Does an Hour of Yoga Burn?
For an average metabolism and an average weight of 160 Ibs, an hour of light yoga can burn anywhere between 180 and 600 calories, depending on the abovementioned factors.
If we don’t consider the strictly meditative yoga styles, such as yoga Nidra, the lowest-impact yoga is Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is simply the general yoga practice exercised in western countries.
A standard Hatha yoga class will help you burn between 180 and 300 calories. But...
If you’ve been to your first yoga class, you may have noticed that people use some colorful blocks while performing certain poses, and now you’re at home wondering how to use a yoga block in your own yoga practice.
Many yoga students refrain from using yoga blocks because they can achieve a pose without them, and they see this kind of help as a sign of weakness.
Yoga blocks, however, are just tools, and even experienced yogis use them to improve their flexibility, strength, or sensations while performing different poses. Using blocks doesn’t mean that you are unable to perform a pose. It allows you to unlock new sensations and deepen the experience of a pose thanks to the support they provide.
What Are Yoga Blocks?
Yoga blocks are the most common props used for yoga practice. T...
Starting on a yoga journey leads to many questions. One of the most common queries is, "how long should I hold a yoga pose for?"
Naturally, people want to understand how to get the most benefit out of their yoga sessions. However, there is no set time for how long you should hold a yoga pose.
Depending on your ability and your objectives, you can hold a yoga pose for a few seconds or up to five minutes (and beyond).
Let's take a closer look at how long to hold a yoga pose and the different factors influencing it.
What Does Holding Yoga Poses Do?
Holding yoga poses carries several benefits at once. First off, it builds stability. Indeed, when you start doing yoga, you will find you're wobbly and unstable. After a while, you gain strength and feel grounded.
When you can rem...
Want to bring your yoga experience to the next level? Or maybe, you are interested in starting a new career and want to know all the ins and outs of becoming a yoga teacher.
Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you covered. Together, we’ll explore different steps that you should undertake to become a certified yoga instructor.
How do You Become a Yoga Instructor - 4 Steps
1. Take a Yoga Training Course
The first step to becoming a yoga instructor is to start and complete a yoga training course. Your best bet is to pick a yoga school that follows all of the parameters set by the Yoga Alliance.
Yoga teacher training programs have two levels. But, don’t worry, you don’t have to complete both of them to get your certification. Which level you choose will strictly de...
Bare feet and sweat, what more do I need to say? Your yoga mat is going to need a clean.
The type of mat you have and how often you practice yoga will be crucial when deciding on the best method to clean your yoga mat. In particular, whether your mat is closed-cell or open-cell.
From spot clean to disinfection, we’ll explore different ways of cleaning yoga mats and will also give you a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
How to Spot Clean a Yoga Mat?
Depending on how often you practice yoga and which version of it, you’ll undoubtedly have to deep clean your yoga mat at some point (once every month, or every couple of months). So, what to do in the meantime? Do you just not clean it? Well no. You can spot-clean your yoga mat after each session. Here’s how you do ...
In the US, the average yearly salary of a yoga instructor is $74,000, according to Indeed, while according to Glassdoor, their average salary is $62,000. The minimum salary is estimated at approximately $28,000 according to Glassdoor, and as high as $238,000, while the highest figure according to Indeed is $90,500 (and sounds a bit more realistic).
A yoga teacher’s salary depends on several factors such as location, specialization, working hours, and work model. Those working with a studio need to pay a percentage for its services, but they are never without clients. Those flying solo, on the other hand, need to put more effort into self-promotion and finding clients, but they get to keep all of their money.
Suppose you’re considering a career change or getting certified to boost...
It's a common scenario. You're into yoga, and you're hooked. You want to do the downward dog and warrior poses every day but wonder if it's okay to do so.
We get it; yoga is super addictive. Indeed, you can feel the benefits of yoga almost immediately, so it's tempting to have a session as often as possible. But how much yoga per day is safe? And, should you even be doing it every day? Furthermore, how long should yoga last per session?
Very broadly, a beginner should do yoga at least once a week, while true yoga addicts should limit high-intensity yoga to once a day.
Read on, and we'll explore how often you can and should be doing yoga to achieve the best results while keeping safe.
How Often Should I Do Yoga?
This is the question on every yoga enthusiast's lip...