Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hot Yoga in the Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley Yoga (1701 Union Blvd, Allentown) is hosting the first hot yoga classes in the Lehigh Valley Fridays at 6:00 pm. This yoga pratice is for those who enjoy working up a sweat, as well as a flowing through a series of yoga poses. The room is usually maintained at a temperature of 95-100 degrees. A vigorous hot yoga session promotes profuse sweating and makes the body very warm, and in theory, more flexible.

Some people claim that this type of yoga produces detoxification of the body (because of all the sweating, I guess). I haven't personally experienced this, but if you don't feel your hangover as much following the class (whether it's due to the workout or the large quantities of water you'll inevitably consume), go for it. I attended some classes at the Bikram Yoga College in DC. The classes were packed with men and women who like their exercise a little extreme - mountain climbers, boxers, bodybuilders, and people who try radical diets and exercise challenges (e.g. 100 days of consecutive yoga classes). The classes were tough. I have a feeling the Lehigh Valley Yoga classes are a little more moderate, but I haven't been to class yet, so who knows!

If you go, bring your own yoga mat and towel, and dress for the heat. Hot Yoga is not advised for pregnant women, beginners or people with heart problems or high blood pressure.

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