Fit941 Profile: Hot Yoga 4 You

fit941-profileYOGA IS HOT, FIGURATIVELY AND, IN THE CASE OF ‘HOT YOGA 4 YOU,’ OPENING THIS MONTH IN SARASOTA, QUITE LITERALLY, TOO.

Hot Yoga classes at the new Sarasota studio, which include a series of traditional hatha yoga poses and breathing exercises, are done in a Far Infrared-Heated Room set at 100 to 105 degrees. That high heat warms muscles, prevents injury, and allows for a deeper workout while also cleansing the body as it flushes toxins. Owner and instructor Yolanda Nash says Hot Yoga is for people of all ages and all ability levels. She says each posture stretches, strengthens and prepares specific muscles, ligaments, and joints needed for the next posture all while stimulating organs, glands, and nerves, moving freshly oxygenated blood throughout the body hence restoring systems to healthy working order.

Hot Yoga classes, at 60 minutes each, deliver “total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body,” and helps prevent injuries while promoting weight loss and limiting the negative effects of aging. In addition to the far-infrared-heated room, the studio has a UV Air Treatment System that employs ultraviolet light which works to kill bacteria, viruses, mold and germs and as a bonus, helps to deodorize air. Yolanda says yoga students “love knowing that when they breathe deeply the air is fresh and clean” and adds that far-infrared heat is an ideal way to heat a human body, allowing it to expel toxins, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the body in a natural way. Far-infrared heat is used to combat cardiovascular risk factors including helping to lower blood pressure, improve blood circulation while assisting in the reduction of pain, stress and fatigue and when the concept is applied to yoga, it works much like the sun – without the damaging UV rays. Set to open November 20, Hot Yoga 4 You is one of the only hot yoga studios in Sarasota to incorporate both these systems – UV air treatment and far infrared heat – to enhance the yoga experience.

But it’s more than just the heat and technology that make the studio special. “What we bring is the sense of community in the studio. Our teachers really work hard and care so much,” Yolanda says. In fact, in a recent online review, a client described a Hot Yoga 4 You instructor as an “amazing, caring teacher who memorized every student’s name so she can personally encourage us as class went along.”

“Some clients may just want a hard-core workout while others are looking for a place to de-stress, detox, and for some, healing. We make time for every client. We’re nurturing and we find that connecting with clients in that way makes all the difference,” Yolanda says. “I want clients to enjoy their experience while understanding that it’s a non-competitive atmosphere.”

Native New Yorker, ‘yogini’, Reiki master and married mother of two, Yolanda began teaching yoga nearly 16 years ago and has taught “highly-developed and competitive” yoga from coast to coast and Canada. In 2002, she opened her first studio in Rockville Centre, New York and within six years, had opened a second studio in Rego Park, Queens (New York City). Yolanda is also a married mother of two young children, and it was the latter that led her to expand her passion for yoga to include certifications in pre- and post-natal yoga and also encouraged her to be trained to teach yoga to children. Yolanda is also a teacher’s teacher; her guidance and instruction has helped launch the careers of many New York-based yoga teachers. And while she has not left New York completely behind — she still manages her Hot Yoga 4 You locations there — sunny Sarasota beckoned.

Hot Yoga 4 You Sarasota, which is located at 4021 Clark Road in Sarasota at the Expo on Clark Plaza at the intersection of Sawyer Road, is slated for a Nov. 20 grand opening. An open house is set for Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Yolanda says there’s already been a lot of excitement about the opening.

“There is great buzz,” she says. “We’re all super-psyched. We want you to ‘come and lose the weight of the world.’

For more information, call 941-626-6396, check the Hot Yoga 4 You website at hotyoga4you.com, and ‘like’ their Facebook page at hotyoga4yousrq.