Mandy Grant is an expert at working up a sweat; she?s been a fitness enthusiast for decades. So it?s no surprise that the avid exerciser went on to open her personal yoga studio, which she lovingly named after the Zulu word for sweat. Students will also be pleasantly surprised to learn that Mandy donates 15% off all profits from this studio?s classes to assist AIDS orphans in South Africa and all donations from community classes to other charities.
Mandy?s passion to help others doesn?t stop there. At the Bergen County studio, students of all levels are given ample attention during 75-minute yoga classes, which are rooted in Hatha but also incorporate elements of Vinyasa flow, pranayama, and meditation. This style of teaching encourages yogis to connect their breathing with their postures and calming thoughts. Mandy and her dedicated instructors also spice up workout routines with heated Vinyasa sessions and mat Pilates.
To the instructors at Hot Yoga Journeys, high temperatures do much more than just produce sweat?they help detoxify the body while boosting circulation and flexibility. These benefits come in handy during hot-yoga classes, which take place in rooms heated to over 100 degrees. Throughout each 60-90-minute session, instructors lead students of all levels through a fixed series of poses that increase stamina and strength. The benefits stretch beyond the physical, however. Yoga practice may help improve mental clarity, reduce stress, and overcome a fear of hot pretzels.