Our blog today is all about ‘Creating Your Perfect Hot Yoga Space at Home
“Recent restrictions placed upon movement means it may have been difficult for you to get to a hot yoga space for your regular session of mindfulness and relaxation.
The Team at Energised Performance are all about helping you look and feel fantastic and have options for you to develop yourself at home. You may have found that combining some of their coaching with sessions such as yoga has helped you become increasingly relaxed, but now you are struggling to accommodate a proper hot yoga session.
What is hot yoga, and how does it differ to yoga? Essentially, hot yoga is just like normal yoga, only Bikram Choudhury mixed the traditional with a room heated to 32-40 degrees. The theory is that you need less time to warm up, and you burn more calories whilst relaxing. There are downsides too, such as the increased risk of injury and dehydration. That has not stopped it becoming popular though, and if you have enjoyed it in the past you may want to create your own hot yoga space at home. If you do, we have put some handy tips together to help you design a space for hot yoga at home without breaking the bank.
Before you consider the temperature, consider whether the space you wish to practice your yoga is sufficient. You will need a space that can accommodate your flow without interruption, and perhaps one which does not require the wholesale reorganisation of furniture before you start. Nothing will disrupt your quest for inner peace quite as much as hauling a sofa around or shifting tables and chairs beforehand. A good-sized spare room should suffice, free of furniture.
In a Live Strong article on hot yoga, Jessica Fuller recommends that you should also think about how you decorate the room. Think about painting the walls a soothing colour, if you are intending this to be a permanent room in the house, and add a couple of paintings or prints. Other accessories which will accentuate the experience could include living plants, scented candles and if you can, a water feature.
Once you have the correct space and ambience, it is time to think about the heat. If you have gone for a permanent room with painted walls and plants, then you may also consider putting a large radiator in a small room, to generate more heat than you need.
Changing a radiator is not a huge job and by oversizing, you would be able to influence the heat more effectively. However, do be aware, you must be able to influence the temperature of the radiator, so making sure you have a good thermostat is imperative. Whilst you want the room to be hot whilst you are in it, excess heat over a period of time will be both wasteful and potentially damaging.
Consider the positioning of the radiator too – Ideal Home believes that placing it in the coldest area of the room is essential. This might not be the case for your hot yoga studio, especially if you intend to use the room for other purposes, too. You may feel placing it under a window is a better idea, to introduce some ventilation after your yoga session. Although remember it’s important to remember that radiators take a while to cool down so being able to minimise their impact after your session is important.
Also, if you are making additions to the system think about protecting it, so your yoga space does not end up costing you more through a breakdown. Leading home assistance provider HomeServe recommend that you have some cover for your heating system, which is worth considering if you install a new radiator. The need for protection becomes more pertinent when you add or change the existing setup. If you add a new appliance to your existing plumbing, you could exasperate any potential problems and may find yourself at an increased risk of malfunction. Additionally, if you have good cover, then remedial work can be carried out quickly so you do not miss too much hot yoga.
If you are not keen on remodelling the room just yet, think about portable electric heaters, which could do a similar job. The issue here may be cost, they do tend to be quite heavy on energy usage and you do not want to add financial worry to your yoga every time you switch on the heating. Remember, any additional heat you do generate should be kept in as much as possible, so block up gaps under doors with draught excluders and try to keep curtains closed, if practical.
Finally, make sure you are safe. There are risks associated with hot yoga and some instructors are split as to how effective it is, or whether it is a good idea at all. Keep a bottle of water close to hand, chilled prior to entering your home studio, and be mindful not only of your mental state whilst practicing, but also your physical state.
Once those bases are covered, enjoy your hot yoga space as much as you can!”
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