Acclimating to the Heat + Humidity
Acclimating to heat and humidity is like climbing a small mountain, take it one breath at the time. Take breaks, observe, connect with your breath and monitor your heart rate before getting back up to continue. Take the “first time” as an orientation class; simply being present in the hot room and breathing correctly reaps deep benefits; as if you were an experienced yogi! Full acclimation should not take longer than 12 consecutive days of practice.
Building a Good Foundation
As the room is heated to 105°F + 50% Humidity for Hot and to 95°F + 40% Humidity for Warm, controlling the breath is the fundamental practice on which to build upon. Meditate on breath & movement so to synchronize the two. With the correct approach, hydration, breathing patterns * and diet you can avoid physical strain, dizziness and other not so pleasing instances in the studio.
Jumpstarting your practice
To jumpstart your practice in the fastest and most efficient way, for maximized benefits and for best environmental acclimation, we recommend to practice at least 10/15 times consecutively. Attend some non heated classes and expose yourself to an alignment and posture centered class or even better a private or semi private class. The BeU Hot Flow is a beginner's Hot Yoga Sequences it is rather fast paced and at times crowded (Be Unlimited Hot Yoga classes are capped to a maximum of 25 students each, leaving enough room for free movement and comfort), it can be rather hard to obtain specific attention and retain the detailed instructions in such energized environment. In a more personalized setting one can better focus and understand the intention behind each posture, learn the various modifications for their body type, safety, and then implement it all in the Hot Room..
Patience & Compassion for the “Self”
We believe that It is about finding your limits, getting comfortable with them and gradually pushing forward to continue your yoga journey. Yoga is a life long practice and you are never too stiff or not flexible enough to start. 90% of the effort is getting to the studio, once you are here breathe correctly and patiently move forward.
Breath Work - See our Blog post for facts & “science” behind this specific breathing technique.
* The BeU Hot Flow & or Warm Vinyasa Flow classes call for the understanding and use of Ujjayi pranayama*, sometimes called Conqueror's Breath or Ocean Breath, to help increase the flow of Prana (Energy) in the body. Ujjayi can be very helpful for beginners, because the audible nature of the breathing is an excellent indicator of how the practice is going. If a yogi ceases Ujjayi pranayama it may mean that they are straining too hard in a pose, and forgetting to breathe. Maintaining Ujjayi throughout a vinyasa practice not only keeps the flow of prana moving, but also shows that there is not an excess of physical or mental strain.
(Sanskrit) Ujjayi Pranayama - (English) Conqueror's Breath, Ocean Breath
Description: Ujjayi is sometimes called “Ocean Breath” because of the sound that is made in the back of the throat and nasal cavity while inhaling and exhaling. This sound is made by narrowing the throat passage (Glottis) during breathing. To practice, open the mouth and exhale while imagining trying to fog up a mirror or window. Practice exhaling in that fashion with an open mouth several times, and then begin to inhale through the mouth in the same way. The breath should be making noise as it passes in and out of the mouth. When you are comfortable breathing in this way, close the mouth and breathe through the nose while continuing to make the same type of noise throughout your practice.
Begin by inhaling through the nose slowly and deeply, listening to the “sound” of the breath and ensuring it is smooth and even.
Fill the lungs from bottom to top, breathing calmly rather than forcefully, and ensuring that the abdomen does not inflate. The breath should be raising the chest upward, not pushing the abdomen outwards.
Maintain the lift of the chest, and begin to slowly exhale. As with the inhale, listen to the sound of the breath and ensure that it is slow, smooth and even. As the lungs empty, the muscles holding up the chest will naturally relax until the lungs are completely empty.