Hot or Not? By Paula Muldoon, Pilates Teacher at Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool)

Pilates is becoming the hottest exercise trend in 2013

For those of you who enjoy getting hot and sweaty during a strenuous Bikram yoga class, there’s a relatively new kid in town.

Hot Pilates offers similar flexible gymnastics in a room heated to 35 degrees Celsius 110 Fahrenheit but this time classes are less focused on practicing calmly meditative Downward Dog poses, and more intent on developing core strength and muscle tone, and banishing chronic aches and pains.
Celebrities including Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and even David Beckham are devoted Pilates fans, and the hot version has even more health benefits than the classic chilled sort.

Where yoga – which originated in India thousands of years ago – focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental well-being, Pilates – created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s – is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility, posture and specifically targets your ‘Core’.

Pilates was initially adopted to rehabilitate anybody suffering from injuries but is now practiced around the world.

The main health benefits of hot Pilates are:

• Detoxification: sweating on a regular basis allows the body to release toxins and waste from within, providing room for vital nutrients and hydration. Be prepared to sweat in your hot Pilates class!
• Healthy connective tissue: Pilates opens the body’s connective tissue. Hot Pilates enhances this process, allowing the body to stretch more fully, lubricate and renew, resulting in greater flexibility and energy.
• Boosts immunity: viruses cannot survive in high temperatures, so increasing the body’s core temperature fights infections, which are pushed out through the sweat. Practicing hot Pilates also increases the body’s production of white blood cells, which fight infection.
• Weight Loss: stretching deeper builds more muscle, which burns more fat. Hot Pilates can result in weight loss. Diet also improves as the body craves healthier food when practicing regularly.
Added to that is the calming effect that de-stresses the mind & body, lowering cortisol. This has a major influence on the mobilisation of fat stores.

Pilates: Expect an hour beginner workout to burn about 175 calories; an advanced, between 255 and 375 calories. Take note, calories are not the only way to impact on fat loss.
Body Strength and Flexibility

Pilates strengthens the abdominal muscles, and is up to 310 percent more effective at tightening the hard-to-target obliques. Overall flexibility should also improve, particularly in the back, hip, and hamstrings.
Bonus Benefits
Pilates builds back and abdominal strength, along with increased flexibility, this can help improve your posture, giving the appearance of a taller, leaner body.

 

My cool classes are @CrosbyLakeside Saturday 8.30am-9.30am and Monday 8-9pm. Call 0151 966 6868 to book.

 

My Hot Classes are @Absolute__Yoga Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10

Paula Muldoon

 

How to Book a Class at Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool)
Email: info@absoluteyogacrosby.co.uk
Call: 0151 928 1029
Book a class online here

 

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Absolute Yoga Crosby – October Newsletter

Hello to you all on what is quite a dull and miserable day in Crosby. Despite the wind and grey sky, I am feeling remarkably cheery. Mainly because this morning I did Hot Pilates with Paula and just standing in close proximity to Paula makes me happy – she is such a warm and positive person (although, admittedly, I am also slightly cheery about the new shape I am getting in my stomach since I have started doing regular Pilates. It really is true that Pilates is great for your core).

I am really pleased to see that my studio “wish list” is almost complete. This is what Alan calls the list of things that I really wanted done in the studio since we took over in June. The list is not in my head – it is an actual piece of now very crumpled and worn paper which Alan dreads to see because every time I walk towards him holding it, with the look of a deranged woman, he knows that it is going to cost him money.

I am really pleased to announce that our new non-slip yoga towels have finally arrived. These towels will be available for our members to use from today. I am sure that you all appreciate that these towels have cost a lot to purchase due to the amount that we need in order to service our members.

These new towels will still be provided free of charge. However, due to the amount of towels that have gone missing from the studio since we took over (now over 30) we are changing the process by which we provide the towel to you for your class (I have written a a separate blog about this new process which you can view here and we will also have signs up around the studio and be on hand to go through it with you. Don’t worry, it’s nothing complicated!).

Also, recently ticked off my list are the male toilet (finally!) and I am also told that we now have two working male showers (one of our members tells me he is alternating between the two now for a bit of variety. Didn’t half make me laugh, another reason that I am cheery today).

Our “Absolute Yoga” signs are finally up outside and I have spent, quite possibly, over an hour since yesterday just standing outside the studio and looking up at them and smiling. Signs

My excitement at these jobs being complete was slightly reduced by the appearance of an “out of order” sign on the female shower (well, you can’t have the yin without the yang). I am told that fixing this shower is quite a big job because it requires the removal of the tiles. I am really sorry ladies if this is inconveniencing you at the moment and we will get it fixed as soon as possible.

The good news though, ladies is that we will have two plugs, two hair driers and a mirror in the female changing rooms in the next two weeks. It will make it much easier for people who go to work straight from the studio (fellas, just say the word – we will get you hair driers too).

I am recently back from yoga teacher training in Morocco. You have all been so lovely asking me how it went and I am both excited and dreadfully nervous about teaching my first class. I am probably going to teach the 9am Hot Yoga class on Saturday 19th October as our wonderful Jo is not teaching that day (I say “probably” because it leaves me room to back out last minute and beg Becca to take the class instead).

I have lots of news to share with you from Morocco and, over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about some topics which I think will really help to improve your practice.

From next Wednesday, 16th October, I will be doing some self practice in the yoga room from 6.30am. I would like to invite members who are a little more advanced in their practice to come and join me if they are interested (you will need to book in just like a normal class).

This is not formally a class and so not suitable for beginners as I will not be instructing on posture position. It is more like a silent practice in that I will shout out the names of the postures, and you can follow me for timing, but no guidance will be given. Also, the class is a full hour and so it is not possible to leave early because I would need to leave the class to let you out of the studio (no one will be on reception). Please let me know if you would like more information about this self practice session.

It is great to be back (I really, really missed home and Liverpool) and I am looking forward to catching up with you all soon.

We hope that you are all enjoying practising yoga at Absolute Yoga and we are looking forward to telling you about some of the new plans that we have for the studio and timetable over the next few months.

Namaste,

The Absolute Yoga Team

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Our New Non-Slip Yoga Towels have Arrived

We are really pleased to announce that our new non-slip yoga towels have finally arrived. These towels will be available for our members to use from today. We are sure that you all appreciate that these towels have cost a lot to purchase due to the amount that we need in order to service our members.

These new towels will still be provided free of charge. However, due to the amount of towels that have gone missing from the studio since we took over in June (now over 30) we are changing the process by which we provide the towel to you for your class…

1. The towels will no longer be available in reception. Instead, we will put a folded towel on each mat in the room so that it will be ready for you when you go into the yoga studio.

2. If the class is not full then the folded towel will stay on the unused mat ready for the next class. Please do not use these towels to wipe away sweat – they are specifically to be placed over the mats during the hot classes.

3. If you prefer to use your own towel then please move the folded towel out of the way and we will place it back on the mat once we have cleaned the room and the mats.

4. We will still provide face cloths but we will no longer offer the larger black towels.

5. After the class has finished, please leave your used towel on the mat and we will collect the towels when we clean the room before the next class.

6. Members can hire additional towels at an extra cost of 50p per towel so if, for example, you would like to get a shower after class then you can hire a towel but it would be much cheaper to bring your own.

We hope that our new non-slip towels will really improve your yoga practice and we also hope that this new system does not inconvenience you too much.

Namaste,

The Absolute Yoga Team

 

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