What does Empire offer.
Empire Martial Arts purpose-built yoga studio and sauna accentuates and compliments the remarkable martial arts experience we are known for.
Empire offers hot yoga sessions Saturday and Sunday 8:30am-9:30am with an early bird session on Tuesdays at 6:00am.
But first, what are some of the benefits of hot yoga?
One of the most noticeable benefits our members enjoy from a regular hot yoga class is the increases in isometric strength.
Isometric strength is the ability to maintain a muscle mid contraction, which can benefit your balance, coordination, and general ability to withstand potential injury.
An example of an isometric exercise could be a plank or wall sit. Although the muscle group is not performing contractions dynamically, you can get a serious workout from maintaining positions during our yoga classes.
Think about the strength involved in just one of those examples and now consider this when you complete a full cycle of poses under the guidance of one of our expert instructors.
So, increases in isometric strength, and noticeably so, are at the core of potential benefits to our members. The feelings of accomplishment are undeniable when one can finally nail that pose, or even go the full 60 minutes working through pose after pose and feeling confident and competent due to their new-found strength.
While not number 1, weight loss is the second most important feature from our yoga classes as we offer classes that trump this one. However, what yoga manage to do is tag team the isometric muscles while toning and chipping away at your fat reserves in the heated environment.
You won’t get the fat loss results you could from say, a full hour of intense boxing, but you will get the benefits of being strong, toned, and slimmer all at the same time.
Additionally, your elevated core temperature and heart rate coincide with burning more calories, as your metabolism and heart thumping are working overtime.
Mobility, Balance, ROM/Flexibility
To be able to manipulate your body, or resist is being manipulated, is a key characteristic in prevention of injury.
This includes mobility, balance, and range of movement (ROM) that translates to a multitude of sporting/exercise situations or simply if you sit behind a laptop all day and have succumbed to the dreaded “tech neck” with chronically poor posture.
Think of it this way: If you can’t touch your toes and you are engaged in a sport where someone folds you in half with a tackle and makes you touch your toes, you’re getting hurt.
If you play tennis and have muscular imbalances while you shift side to side, you’re eventually getting hurt.
If you sit behind a desk all day and have very limited ROM, then nanna needs a hand moving her piano, you’re getting hurt.
BUT, if you engage in Empire Hot Yoga and get tackled, have a swing at tennis, or have to move nannas piano you’re far more likely to do so effectively and without the physio bill attached.
Just the fact that heat and exercise dilate your blood vessels and sends fresh, nutrient rich blood flowing to your aching body is enough to get folks who train throughout the week in our martial arts classes booking in. However, there’s more.
Something sweeping the health scene is the recovery benefits of Heat Shock Proteins (HSP). Proteins are formed by our bodies from amino acids and handle functions like communication and coordination of our organs. They also have the important job of driving chemical reactions that power our cells and act as antibodies in our immune system, fighting off sickness and nasties that’ll bog you down.
HSP are found in our cells already, but an increase in heat will find these tiny guys helping your muscles cope during exercise, plus they’ll spur the repair and rebuild process that results in more muscle mass and tone.
You read correctly, the act of hot yoga can help you build strength but also repair your muscles at the same time. This is a very unique facet of yoga that is worth a try on its own.
Contrary to popular belief, being mindful or present is a skill that can be developed with purposeful practice and some guidance from our instructors.
Mindfulness is defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”.
So, to unpack that definition, mindfulness is protection from dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. It is also the state of acceptance in everything happening within you, which sounds nice considering the fast-paced lifestyles we lead and external influences on our metal wellbeing.
Our expert coaches guide you through a full session with calmness and zero judgment on your ability to complete the poses, as yoga is a journey, not a destination.
Last but certainly not least by any stretch of the imagination.
Mental toughness is yet another transferable skill only this time transferable to most facets of life.
The mental toughness involved with yoga will help you endure in time of mental difficulty and remain calm, poised and mindful when internal & external stimuli are overloading your senses and mind.
Women who are regulars at hot yoga report lower levels of pain during childbirth and all people who are regulars at yoga report higher levels of satisfaction in their work and personal lives regardless of gender.
Lifelong yoga enthusiasts also have greater heart rate variability scores and are less stressed as a result, independent of factors such as family, work and finances.
This is but a taste of what Empire Martial Art’s yoga program contains so XXXX now to become out latest yogi and take advantage of our one-of-a-kind experience.
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