Hatha is a Sanskrit word and its two most widely-used translations are "for health" and "sun/moon". Hatha Yoga renews, invigorates, and heals the body; stretching and strengthening the muscles, joints, and spine, while directing blood and oxygen to the internal organs (including the glands, organs, and nerves). Given the popularity of Hatha Yoga, many of us still have questions about what the different "styles" of yoga are. You may also wonder which style might benefit you.
In hot classes the room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles and allows you to move deeper. The heat can heal, but it can also give you the soft tissue flexibility to push yourself too far. Heat promotes sweating, which flushes toxins from your body. High heat is not appropriate for all bodies. If you are pregnant or have other health conditions that may be negatively affected by the heat, such as hypertension, vascular disease, history of stroke, multiple sclerosis, or others, please consult your physician prior to attending. You can also take Flow Vinyasa classes in a "warm" environment, if the heat is not appropriate for you.