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Feel the Heat of Hot Yoga

Nov 28, 2012 12:03PM ● By Julie Cramer

Yoga in any form is an effective, low-impact experience that can have positive effects on the mind and body. Hot yoga is gaining popularity by enabling yogis to literally sweat out toxins while allowing the practitioner to safely go deeper into asanas. With a series of 26 postures, sessions are performed in a room heated to 105 degrees. Warming the body allows yogis to stretch deeper into the muscles, as well as the ligaments and tendons. It also enhances the body’s ability to detoxify organs and glands, leaving individuals feeling refreshed and healthy.

The practice begins with pranayama breathing, warming up the body from the inside, improving lung capacity and energizing the body to enter the 90-minute practice, which is completed with a final breathing exercise, followed by a meditation that strengthens the mind-body connection.

Hot yoga is designed for people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels. The heat can seem intense at first, but after a few classes, it becomes warm and welcoming. Beginners are encouraged to be patient with their progress and remain in the room for the first class, and all participants must remember to come well hydrated to each class.

Julie Cramer is the owner of Half Moon Yoga Studio, 3003 Elizabethtown Rd., Hershey. For more information, call 717-991-5589 or visit

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