Like exquisite metalwork, the human body is most easily bent into proper shape when heated or beaten with hammers. Avoid percussive treatments with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 20 hot-yoga classes, all 60 to 90 minutes long, at Hot Yoga of Mill Creek in Lynnwood (a $220 value).
Taking fourth place among CityVoter readers for Best Yoga Studio in Western Washington in 2009, Hot Yoga of Mill Creek's classes blast bodies with heated studios and challenging yoga routines. Throughout all classes, high ambient temperatures make muscles more malleable and parts more pliant, reducing stress and increasing circulation by melting the bloodstream's many icebergs. The hot-Hatha-yoga class combines 105-degree heat to burn up to 1,200 calories per session, and the hot power-Vinyasa courses use cardio, stamina, and strength training to build concentration and sculpt the body using traditional poses such as the downward dog and upwardly mobile. As with levitation, the key to results in yoga is dedicated and consistent practice. With 20 sinew-building sessions over the course of two months, students can establish a routine to continue burning fat and increasing overall concentration and physical health.
Students should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their first class and are encouraged to drink plenty of water and avoid large meals before each session.
Hot Yoga of Mill Creek
At Hot Yoga of Mill Creek, experienced teachers walk students through traditional Hatha poses and sequences of athletic Vinyasa stretches in a practice space heated to deepen each stretch safely. The temperature rises up to 105 degrees for Hatha classes, which helps increase students' blood-circulation rate to purge pent-up toxins from the body as they bend and balance at their teacher's instruction. During 95-degree Vinyasa classes students engage in breathing exercises to focus their attention as they work through poses in a dance-like sequence that helps strengthen muscles, raise heart rates, and melt away muscle tension. To tone muscles all over, Yoga Sculpt instructors fuse flowing Vinyasa moves with optional weight-lifting exercises.
Oversized mirrors lining the walls of the practice space encourage students to correct their posture and spinal alignment while executing poses. Outside the classroom, students can peruse the boutique's selection of yoga-ready tank tops and AdvoCare nutritional supplements. Instructors can host private classes for students in need of one-on-one attention or feature yoga classes in the workplace to help employees destress during the day.