What Is Yoga?

Yoga is a physical exercise that brings together mind, body and spirit.  We teach in a vinyasa flowing style of yoga for the greatest benefits, and deepest results.  Our goal at Twist Yoga Lounge is to empower you and create a transformation you never thought possible.  We've seen it happen countless times and know it is possible for you.  Twist Yoga Lounge is a place where people come to get inspired to move forward in their lives starting from where they are right now.  You don't already have to "be" anything but you.  We have passionate, knowledgeable, compassionate teachers who have been teaching yoga powerfully in the surrounding communities and are now bringing it to YOU.

What If I'm Not Flexible?

No problem.  You've come to the right place.  Let go of any need to be anything at all.  You start from where you are.  We ask that you just be willing to move, breathe and probably sweat in order to breakthrough your own barriers.  Twist Yoga Lounge has created this space for you not only to explore your body and mind on your yoga mat, but outside and into the world.  What starts as yoga on a mat transforms your life, the changes happen gradually, one breath at a time.  

What If I Don't Know The Poses?

Anytime something new is started, there is a period of learning.  The best part is that you don't have to already know anything, and still get an effective, full body and mind experience no matter what you do.  The teachers are there to help you overcome any fears and will show you how.  Your job is to be open; show up and simply be yourself.  One other thing tends to happen; you just might find yourself having some fun.  We teach in a light-hearted "just being our self" style that proposes that you view the experiences on your mat as an adventure into you rather than "doing poses".  The transformations happen when you let go of trying too hard.  Just do what you can and the rest will come.  Really.  

Benefits Of Hot Yoga

There are a lot of reasons why we choose to practice yoga in a heated room.  The heat helps our bodies warm up and makes it easier to get deeper into postures more safely.  The benefits of practicing yoga are increased a great degree with added heat.  Sweating helps us cleanse our systems, because toxins are carried to the surface of the skin in sweat, and evaporates away.      

  • Helps us burn fat more effectively by boosting metabolism and releasing water weight through sweat.
  • Dilates our capillaries to boost the "oxygenation" of all our cells, tissues, muscles, organs, etc...(Especially beneficial for athletes)
  • Boosts circulation and gets the heart rate up, at times rendering yoga an aerobic activity (burning lots of calories).
  • Enhances our immune system by slightly elevating the temperature of the body, which increases T-cell functioning.
  • Elevates the functioning of the nervous system and decreases anxiety by relaxing the body.
  • Another subtle effect of the heat that you don't always hear about is that it actually helps us concentrate and stay in the moment.  The intensity of practicing in a warm room is hard to ignore, and this helps our minds wander less.  Since yoga is about staying present in the moment, the heat can function as our friend in this way.  

How Hot Is It?

Our thermostat is set to 90 degrees, and most classes never even reach that temperature.  Our humidifiers are set to 60%.  A moisture-filled room actually encourages us to sweat more which means even more cleansing and detoxing. 

The Biggest Reason We Practice Yoga In A Heated Room

Because it feels good!  Sometimes the warmth can be intense, and the sweating messy, but it feels amazing to purify our bodies in a heated practice.  Many people find that after an initial adjustment period they never want to go back to "cold" yoga.  The first few times try to stay neutral to the heat and know that you can always just come to a pose that helps you relax at any point during the practice.  There is no pressure to "keep up" with someone on the mat next to you.  Instead, we want you to find ease and power by balancing out what you do and honoring your body as you need to.