Yoga in any form is an effective, low-impact exercise that can have positive effects on overall health. All Yoga forms can help manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Additionally, Yoga relieves stress and improves symptoms of depression. Thermal Yoga® is a series of poses performed in a room heated at 105°F. It is not for everyone but for those who give it a try, Thermal Yoga® can have amazing physical and mental benefits. The added heat increases your pulse and metabolism and allows the blood vessels to become more flexible. This makes circulation easier and increases blood flow to the arms and legs. Muscles that are warmed are less likely to become injured. The 26 postures practiced in Thermal Yoga® are designed to promote flexibility and to release toxins within the body. Thermal Yoga® has also been found to play a huge role in managing arthritis pain. While we are not suggesting anyone with a severely inflamed joint move it, moving joints afflicted with arthritis, though initially painful, is the first step to managing the pain. Thermal Yoga® can also be beneficial in relieving a lot of the stress and anxiety that comes with suffering with constant pain.
Rosalie Smith, GATC Thermal Yoga® Instructor, has arthritis and says this,
“I inherited those traits (arthritis) from my mother and after trying and being trained in most forms of yoga, it is the only yoga with the heat and series of postures that keep my joints lubricated and my body moveable.”
GATC offers thirty-one yoga classes every week, including seven Thermal Yoga® classes.
Marda Zechiel, Yoga Manager