One of the signature classes at Southern Om Hot Yoga, Southern 26, is modeled after the Bikram style of yoga. Developed by Bikram Choudhury, who came from the Hatha Yoga tradition, this yoga practice consists of 26 yoga postures designed to strengthen your core and lengthen your limbs.
Southern 26 is taught at a room temperature of 105 degrees, and the high heat and sweat flush out impurities through the skin while your body becomes more pliable.
Practicing this style of yoga not only increases our supplies of oxygen, but it also teaches us how to use that oxygen properly - we learn to control the breath through pranayama.
This practice is more structured than the Southern Flow classes, but many students are hooked on Southern 26 because of the consistency of the posture sequence.
Benefits of the Southern 26 class include:
- Major calorie burn. Bikram classes burn 500-1,000 calories depending on your size and how hard you work.
- Whether you're in it for a spiritual enlightenment or a full body workout- there's no pressure!
- The heat and humidity raise your heart rate and blood flow giving your body a sense of natural happiness.
- Sweating is the most effective detox method.
- Better sleep
- Increased focus and concentration
- A complete full body workout in just 75-90 minutes.
In addition, this style of yoga has healed symptoms of anxiety, depression, digestion issues, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Read more about one woman's transformative experience with Bikram yoga here.
Click here for more information on Southern 26 class times at Southern Om.
Pose of the Week:
Half Tortoise Pose
This pose is specific to our Southern 26 practice. It stretches the shoulders, deltoids, scapula, and hips, while it strengthens the abdomen and quadriceps.
Providing maximum relaxation, this is a rejuvenating pose which relieves digestion, increases lung capacity and circulation to the brain. It also improves mobility of the shoulders, relieves stress and migraines, and increases circulation to the facial muscles helping to prevent signs of aging. This circulation is what gives this pose the reputation of being equatable to 8 hours of sleep.
Meet Frank from May I Be Frank
This is an excellent film about a man's struggle to save himself from a life of destruction to that of freedom. Frank himself will be speaking at the Unity Church on May 18th and 19th.
In his 50s, overweight, on several medications, divorced, and depressed in New York, Sicilian Frank is not living the life he wants to live. He agrees to let three 20-something guys at Cafe Gratitude, a raw and vegan restaurant in San Francisco, be his coaches in this inspiring, funny, and completely human documentary. This movie will have you laughing and crying along with Frank as he takes a crash course in healthy living with a strict vegan diet, wheat grass shots, massage, exercise, affirmations and other positive life practices.
Special Offer to Southern Om Members
The Massage Palace
Now open on Main Street in Simpsonville, The Massage Place! We are offering a grand opening discount to all Southern Om members for the months of April and May 2012. Enjoy 50% off a one hour massage! That's paying only $25 for an hour long massage.
Please call today to book your appointment! Our phone number is (864)884-6580 or you can find us on the web at www.MassagePlaceSimpsonville.com.
Kid's Yoga Returns for the Summer
Starting June 1
Southern Om is bringing back kids yoga for the summer!
Tuesday Nights at 5:30
Saturday Mornings at 10:00
Our May order of your favorite yoga inspired apparel just arrived
and is out on the floor. New styles,
colors, and more size. Lots to choose from, come take a look!
These new yoga outfits are perfect for both your Southern Flow and your Southern 26 practice or for any of your many athletic activities.
Be sure to come by and check out the new summer apparel and accessories for yoga and running.
Southern Om is offering everyone a free class for their birthday!
Please be sure to give us your date of birth by either logging in to your profile at www.SouthernOm.com or talk with us on your next visit to the studio, especially if your birthday is coming up soon.
The free class is offered to you on the actual date of your birthday (for you and a friend who is new to the studio). Please make sure to share your birthday with us soon so that we can start sending out invitations!