What is The Barkan Method®?
In some translations the word “yoga” means union of body, mind and spirit. Hot hatha yoga is a physical form of yoga designed to bring balance and well-being into your life. It is the perfect lifetime fitness program and totally different from any other kind of exercise. With this form of instruction you stretch and tone the body from the bones to the skin and from the head to the toes. Profound physical exertion tends to quiet the mind, and energizes the body. The movements of The Barkan Method® reach deep into the tissue, relieve tension and stress, revitalize the body systems and assist in overcoming many physical problems, such as sciatica, back and neck problems, and depression.
What differentiates The Barkan Method® from Bikram or other forms of Hot Yoga?
The Barkan Method® is built on many of the poses and philosophies of Bikram Choudhury who was influenced by Bishnu Ghosh the brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Diary of a Yogi). But Barkan Yoga incorporates different means of moving into poses, as well as many variations of poses so that practitioners of all abilities are able to experience the full benefits of the workout. In addition, a lighthearted atmosphere of acceptance prevails and fun eclectic music is part of the class.
Why is the room heated?
The room is intentionally hot. It is heated to warm your muscles, which prevents injury and allows for a deeper release of tightness and tension. Sweating also flushes toxins and waste from your body. Sweating is one of the most important mechanisms of natural healing. Our skin is the largest elimination organ of the body, even larger than the digestive system, and is the most effective cleansing system of the body. Toxins build up from the intake of poor nutrition, excessive alcohol, as well as the the physiological effects of environmental stresses. The heated room accelerates the opening of the pores thereby allowing the sweating process to flush the toxins. Note; there are two kinds of sweat glands: eccrine glands which prodcue sweat to cool the body as well as exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. This type of sweat typically has no odor. The apocrine glands primariliy facilitate the release of toxins and produce the well-known “sweat odor”. The heat results in a POWERFUL cleansing practice!!
What if I’m not flexible?
It is important to understand that yoga is not about flexibility. This misconception keeps many people from coming to class. The Barkan Method® of Hot Yoga develops strength (cardiovascular, muscular and respiratory), opens and lengthens your body through stretching and most importantly it feels amazing to your body, mind, and soul. At your very first class, you will be guided by a certified teacher in trying yoga postures in a way that keeps your body safe and feels great. You will receive the FULL benefits of each pose according to your own ability. The more inflexible you are, the more you need yoga. Your practice will increase your flexibility and strength.
What classes are suitable for a beginner?
Any class is appropriate for all levels. A certified instructor will show modifications for each pose for those of beginning or advanced ability.
Can I lose weight doing Hot Yoga?
Absolutely! Regardless of your fitness level, this is a very challenging practice which tones and strengthens muscles. With consistent and dedicated practice you will lose pounds and inches get stronger and gain ease of movement.
How many times a week do I need to come to see a difference?
This will vary from person to person and once you start practicing you will know what is right for you. Generally speaking though, coming at least 2-3x a week is optimum. However, it is important to note that there are people who come 1-2 times a week and see a difference and others require 3-5 times. Once you have taken a few classes, please speak to your instructor about a schedule that is right for you.
How much water should I bring?
You should drink plenty of water everyday, throughout the day. This is better than just drinking water before or during class. And, bring at least a liter of water for class.
Can I do yoga with an injury or illness?
Please let your instructor about any illnesses or injuries you may have. Most likely you can do the yoga, but some modifications in poses may be necessary. Yoga is known for its healing benefits and most illness or injury can be addressed with yoga practice. Each practitioner works at a pace and level that accommodates any current illness or injury.
Who practices hot yoga?
This yoga is literally for EVERYBODY. If you have never exercised you will be able to derive benefits and enjoyment from this yoga. If you are a tri-athlete looking for a new challenge you will find it here. If you are trying to overcome an illness or recover from injuries you will find health and freedom of movement here.