Attention all hot yoga and Bikram yoga fans: sometimes the fast pace of daily life prevents us from fitting in our regular yoga workout. Fortunately, Sunlighten has a variety of home saunas, such as the mPulse eMPOWER and Signature IV, that are easily configured to allow ample space for a single person to pose …whenever you want, in the comfort of your own home. Even our one-person and two-person models can provide enough space for some static hot yoga poses. Listed below are eight poses you can do in any Sunlighten cabin sauna. All benches are removable to make additional space for yoga. Be aware of floor heaters when doing seated positions – make sure to do those on your bench.
Why Bikram Yoga
Practicing hot yoga helps the body sweat out toxins and allows the yoga practitioner to safely go deeper into poses or stretches. Additional benefits include more lung capacity, better circulation, as well as beneficial for your lymphatic system.
Traditional Bikram yoga is practiced in a room heated to 40˚ C (105˚ F) in order to warm the muscles and induce sweat. Warm muscles stretch further and with reduced risk of injury. Because stretching is an effective way to increase flexibility, hot yoga can help improve range of motion, prevent injuries, and help heal from previous injuries.
In addition to these benefits, the heat from our home saunas enable the body to burn more calories in its effort to stay cool while exercising. The heat also helps the body remove toxins by dilating the capillaries, which then helps the body distribute oxygen more effectively to muscles, glands, organs and other tissues.
Exercise, deep breathing, and meditation have been shown to reduce stress levels; and hot yoga combines all three of these stress-reducing elements. Equally important, because hot yoga increases the pulse rate, the body works to regulate its temperature, increasing calorie expenditure (as does high-impact exercise) but without any harsh impact on joints.
With its ability to assist with weight loss, create a better workout, and reduce stress, it’s no wonder why hot yoga continues to be such a popular form of exercise and stands as another example of how you can use Sunlighten saunas for even more health benefits.
Bikram Yoga Poses Inside Any Size Sauna
Pranayama (Standing Deep Breathing)
Always start with Pranayama pose to expand your lungs, detox your organs, and increase mental relaxation as well as blood flow.
Pada Hastasana (Hands to Feet)
Provides quick energy and vitality for your practice session; corrects any issues with posture or with lower-back pain; strengthens thighs, calves, and all of body’s central muscles; exercises circulatory, glandular, pancreatic, muscular, respiratory, renal, and skeletal systems; improves bowel activity by toning abdominal organs and spinal nerves; firms and trims abdomen, buttocks, hips, and waistline; lessens anxiety and mental stress; and increases spinal flexibility.
Utkatasana (Awkward Pose)
Continues warming up body for all other yoga poses; heals chronically cold feet; circulates fresh blood to knees and ankles; alleviates rheumatism and arthritis in legs; strengthens and firms all muscles of legs and upper arms; increases hip flexibility and relieves muscular aches and cramps; and helps to cure slipped discs and other lower-spine problems.
Garurasana (Eagle Pose)
Works into 12 major joints of body; promotes health of central nervous system; enhances lymphatic functions; improves balance, hip-joint mobility, and immune system; strengthens deltoid, trapezius, and legs; and reduces varicose veins.
Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana (Standing Separate-Leg Stretching Pose)
Boosts circulation to brain and to adrenal glands; cures and prevents sciatica; increases flexibility of bottom five vertebrae; improves functioning of most internal abdominal organs; enhances flexibility and muscle tone of ankles, calves, thighs, pelvis, and hip joints; mitigates diseases of nervous system and effects of constipation, diabetes, and hyperacidity; reduces abdominal obesity; releases lower back; and exercises adrenal, muscular, and reproductive systems.
Tadasana (Tree Pose)
Relieves lower-back pain; releases tension in belly; prevents hernia; stretches spine and adductors along inner thigh; improves balance and posture; increases flexibility of ankles, knees, and hip joints; enhances mobility of knees and hip; helps correct posture; and invigorates internal oblique muscles and leg muscles.
Padangustasana (Toe Stand Pose)
Aids in curing gout and rheumatism; helps relieve arthritis in hips and in all leg joints; strengthens joints, stomach muscle, biceps, triceps, and shoulders; invigorates ankles, feet, and knees; and builds balance, concentration, core strength, focus and patience.
Pavanamuktasana (Wind-Removing Pose)
Cures and prevents flatulence; enhances body’s nutrient absorption; regulates and normalizes levels of hydrochloric acid in stomach; alleviates most chronic abdominal discomforts; relieves lower back pain; boosts functions of the immune system and metabolism; stretches shoulders and entire back side of spine; improves flexibility of hip joints; firms and tones muscles of thighs, hips and abdominal wall; and strengthens biceps and hand muscles.
With hot yoga at your fingertips, you will never worry about fitting yoga into your routine again. There are several different types of hot yoga and certainly many yoga studios that offer hot yoga classes – some of our favorite commercial clients, in fact! But when you can’t get to a studio for hot yoga, there are still modified yoga routines you can perform inside your Sunlighten infrared sauna too.
Reasons we love Hot Yoga at home in an Infrared Sauna:
- Expands your capacity to breathe deeply and fully
- Prevents injury and may prevent or improve chronic illness
- Promotes better sleep
- Weight loss
- Improvement in posture and body awareness
- Improve the healing and regenerative powers of your body
- Lengthening and strengthening of muscles
- Increased flexibility
- Gives the body a cardiovascular workout without negative impacting forces
To learn more about the dimensions of our saunas and the benefits of infrared sauna before, during, or after your yoga session, please contact one of our infrared sauna specialists and get pricing.