I try to avoid exercising in the heat. Give me an air-conditioned room, a stationary bike and a magazine to flip through while I pedal. Comfort is key for me, which made me hesitant when it comes to hot yoga. But after talking to Peggy Dillon, owner of Hot Yoga Findlay, I found a great beginner class to try. Yin Yoga is a deep stretching class in 85-degree heat, which helped introduce me to the world of hot yoga and its many benefits.
Peggy Dillon has been teaching yoga for 13 years and has owned Hot Yoga Findlay for two years. Her studio is well established with over 20 classes a week and six different instructors. Hot yoga uses infrared heat with class temperatures ranging from the low 80s to mid-90s. “Traditional heat stays on the top layer of skin, but infrared heat penetrates into the cells, which is good for healing and detoxing,” Dillon explains.
Trying Yin Yoga
The yin yoga class I attended on a Friday morning was fairly full with eight students. The studio was dimly lit and felt warm, but not uncomfortable. The low lighting helped me to focus on myself instead of looking around at what others were doing. The class was very slow-paced with only six poses that we held for several minutes each. Dillon encouraged us to stretch until we felt tension in our muscles, but not pain. Each pose had modifications and students used yoga blocks to increase or decrease the stretch based on flexibility.
In addition to the benefits of heat, yin yoga also forced me to slow down. We live in a fast-paced world with very little time to calm the mind. It stood out to me that there was no music playing in the background, but perhaps that was intentional. In a world where we are constantly bombarded, yin yoga was a great practice in mental stillness while stretching sore or tight muscles.
Are you ready to give Hot Yoga a try? Yin yoga, gentle yoga and beginners balance classes are great for beginners. In addition, your first class is $5 and new student specials are always offered.
Hot Yoga Findlay is located at
1730 East Melrose Avenue in Findlay
Go to hotyogafindlay.com or call Peggy Dillon
at 419-306-3229 for more information