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Summit Hot Yoga brings a new level of yoga and is devoted to offering the best yoga experience possible. We have unique eco-friendly designed rooms with state of the art climate control, an indoor bathroom with shower, additional changing stalls and plenty of free parking. Summit Hot Yoga is designed to foster a transition from the bustle of the street into a calm oasis in which to heighten sensory awareness, nurture the body and prepare the individual for a revitalizing experience.
Summit Hot Yoga offers great variety of classes, focusing on strength, flexibility, and balance with a holistic approach of nurturing the spirit. We offer 5-7 classes each and every day of the week to fit into almost anyones busy life. Our classes include Power Flow, Hot Yoga - The Barkan Method, various Hot Vinyasa flows, Warm Flows, not so warm Flows, Ashtanga styles, Restorative, Yin and Yang Fusion, Yoga Sculpt (with weights) and Barre classes. Our instructors are all minimally 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified with many above and beyond with additional trainings and continuing education courses. They are devoted to instill confidence and motivate you to evolve with your practice. Summit Hot Yoga will help you shape, tone and improve your body, reduce stress, control weight, relieve lower back pain, improve skin quality, detoxify and more.
The Summit Hot Yoga family strives to create a safe, sacred space for students to experience a sense of wellbeing through the practice of Yoga. Our mission is to create community and to support your physical and emotional nourishment.
Each of our classes has been designed to heal, detoxify and exhilarate the mind. By incorporating varying degrees of heat and humidity in each of our classes you will be able to safely deepen into postures, boost your metabolism and most importantly detoxify the body through the largest elimination system, the skin. Like many before you, you will find that practicing yoga in a warm temperature controlled room creates a satisfying and almost addictive feeling of wellbeing.
At SHY we offer all levels of heat, styles and intensities of classes. Here are some of the benefits of practicing Yoga in hot and warm environments.
Benefits of the heat
Yoga was developed in India, a country that sustains relatively high temperatures year-round. In order to mimic that intended environment adequate external heat can be viewed as essential. The heated room initially serves to prevent injury until the practitioners learn to generate their own internal heat and gradually come to welcome the warm environment as a tool for enhancing flexibility and deepening an awareness of breath. Beyond the physical implications (as further described below), environmental heat acts as a powerful and tangible psychological force that compels students of all levels to overcome attachment to external distractions. This enhances the practice of meditation, considered the primary vehicle for self-realization in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Burn fat effectively/increase metabolism
Your heart rate will increase when activity is done in the heat which creates increased cardiovascular activity and quite simply will cause you to burn more calories quicker. Additionally, the heat increases metabolism levels and speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids. This helps to tone your body and lose weight. The result is the body will increase the ability to burn fat and increase metabolism.
Practicing yoga in a heated room stimulates the lymphatic system responsible for flushing out toxins from your system. This rids your body of harmful substances and makes it healthier. The hot and humid room makes your body sweat, which promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin, the body’s largest organ. Your capillaries will dilate in the heat oxygenating the tissues, muscles, glands and organs and helping in the removal of waste products.
We have noticed that your daily intake of water often increases dramatically when you begin taking classes at Summit Hot Yoga and this will have a healthy flushing and cleansing effect on your body.
Safe and easy stretching and opening musculoskeletal structures
While the core temperature of your body may rise no more than a mere 0.5 degree during the course of one of our hot yoga classes, the superficial soft tissue structures, including the fascia, ligaments, muscles and tendons will warm up quickly and allow you to move further, more comfortably and more safely in all directions than while exercising in a cooler environment. The heat produces a fluid-like stretch allowing for greater range of movement. Your muscles and connective tissue become more elastic and will help you to go deeper into a yoga pose as the body becomes more flexible with less chance of injury. Moreover, the tendons and ligaments are lubricated, thereby increasing your strength, making you tougher and less prone to injury.
Improved spinal integrity and nervous system function
By moving the body and thus the spine into all ranges of motion, the student actively opens the vertebrae of the spinal column and strengthens the supportive muscle groups around the spinal column.
This ensures minimal spinal dysfunction that may result in nerve interference on the pathways between the brain and the body. A healthy spine allows you to enjoy optimal health and well-being. Your nervous system function is greatly improved by opening the joints of the spinal column and messages are carried more efficiently to and from your brain.
Deeper perfusion of blood into tissues and organs
The heat thins down the blood and allows it to peruse deeply into body tissues and organs to facilitate healing. Stretching your muscles in the heat stimulates blood flow to different parts of the body, thereby encouraging circulation of blood and improving the functioning of the circulatory system. Increased blood flow also increases oxygen and nutrient content to different body parts thus invigorating various organs and systems.
Mental Focus and Discipline
While the practice may appear to be just physical activity, it is also a form of waking meditation. The hot environment demands a sharpening of your mental focus, concentration and determination during class.
Students notice an absence of distracting thoughts, during the class, as they concentrate on their breath, the posture, their image in the mirror and the guidance of the teacher.
Through the discipline to the practice of yoga comes the freedom of the mind. When one develops concentration it leads to meditation. Meditation still the modifications of the mind. Yoga Sutra 1.2 Yogash chittah vritti nirodhah- Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. One will notice from this practice less reactivity in our daily lives and the ability to be still in action, responding to life’s challenges with clarity.
Rapid healing from injury and disease
There are certainly tremendous restorative benefits from the practice of any style of yoga, as the student combines conscious breathing with particular movements that stretch, strengthen and stimulate all body systems. The heated environment achieves these positive changes quickly in your body and mind and beautifully compliments any other style of yoga or exercise that you may perform.
The body raises its temperature while fighting an infection. Similarly, the raised temperature improves T-cell function, assists your immune system and reduces the chances of infection.