Deal With Stress

Discover Your Inner Peace with Hot Yoga

yoga_03Between work, school, home and play there’s plenty to be stressed out about. It’s easy to get wrapped around tomorrow’s big meeting or that teacher/parent conference you have to attend next week. But what it really comes down to is how you cope and recharge yourself for these daily tasks and obligations. Without an outlet to unwind, of course you’ll probably be a bunch of nerves; irritable and anxious for tomorrow’s new daunting tasks.

So, take a breather and give yourself a chance to relax. And if you haven’t tried it yet, consider trying a hot yoga class to recharge your mind, body and spirit.

Popular Hot Yoga Styles:

There are two different forms of popular hot yoga classes worth considering to discover your inner peace:

1)      Bikram Yoga

  • The class is 90 minutes long; held in a room that is heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a 40% humidity
  • It involves 26 postures with two “Pranayama” breathing exercises
  • Bikram yoga is instructed without music, hands-on instruction and student-to-student interaction
  • True Bikram yoga studios have to be affiliated with Bikram Choudhury and trainers must be specially trained


2)      Heated Vinyasa Yoga

  • The word Vinyasa roughly translates to “linking breath with movement”
  • In heated Vinyasa yoga, the room is slightly cooler than in Bikram yoga at 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • It does not include Bikram yoga’s 26 postures types; rather its style is more fluid and dance like— flowing from one position to the next
  • Heated Vinyasa yoga classes can have music and special lighting for relaxation and meditation; as well as hands-on instruction and student involvement


Benefits of Doing Hot Yoga:

There are numerous benefits of doing Bikram or heated Vinyasa yoga; both have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental health. The hot room temperatures detox the body and also increase metabolism rates. Higher temperatures also let blood vessels expand, allowing muscle relaxation. Relaxed muscles mean extra fluidity in motion.

Through regular classes, hot yoga increases flexibility, balance, strength and endurance. Both are great options to relieve muscle tightness, arthritic pain and even asthma symptoms. The mental benefits of either yoga style are equally as impressive; each can greatly reduce stress, blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia.

Hot yoga is more than fancy postures and breathing— it’s a “cure all” outlet. When there’s plenty to be worked up about, it’s in the real moments of inner peace that we find ourselves again. Hot yoga could be that for you.


Andrea Fisher is an online marketer and content specialist for She has been published in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Business Insider.

Deal With Stress

Reclaim Your Life

How friends make the best medicineThe Struggles of Life

Do you feel as though life is one endless drama after another? Are you constantly wishing all your problems would simply dissolve into nothingness? Surely you know the feeling – you’re on vacation on an island resort without a care in the world. It’s as though time stands still and all your mental and emotional concerns simply vanish while on holiday.

I’ve spoken with many people over the years who vowed their life would be different once they returned from vacation. They would create more time to unwind, relax and not take life so seriously. Given their well-meaning intentions, sure enough the speed of life takes hold and they find themselves back to the same old routine.

Certainly there must be a way to reclaim life while not allowing our defeats and struggles to define who we are? I was discussing this very topic with a friend last week who was lamenting his recent toils. My friend brought up a point which fixed itself in my mind. As one who has struggled financially over the years, he was looking for a way to leave his meaningless job. He sought to run a business which allowed him more free time to pursue other interests, but most importantly a job which offered mental and emotional satisfaction.

He refused to be defined by his strive for a better life any longer. He felt when and if success finally arrived, he would be incapable of appreciating it since he had become preoccupied with worry and strain for most of his adult life. In some way he had learned to become a victim to the pain. The notion of living a purposeful life was now an elusive dream.

Have you ever experienced a similar situation?

Pain or Pleasure Anyone?

Reclaiming life is not defined by an external change in circumstances, rather it requires a resetting of your internal compass. The decision to create a new blueprint for your life must come from a deep desire to change for the better. The Freudian psychological principle known as the pain – pleasure principle states that humans have an inner drive toward seeking pleasure or conversely running away from pain.

You either attract opportunities that serve your highest potential or equally get stuck in a painful cycle of undesired outcomes. The downfall of the pain cycle is that you learn to model the behaviour of mice within a lab experiment administered electric shock. It has been reported that over time, mice become addicted to pain as a result of the electric shock and thus a vicious circle ensues.

In order to reclaim life, take ownership of your thoughts, choices and actions. We are solely responsible for steering the course of our destiny. As to which channel your ship ventures into may depend on the forces of life. Your task is to orientate yourself in the right direction while continuing to advance forward, despite the consequences of life.

Reframe Failure

Many success and leadership experts speak of the need to reframe failure if we are to attain success. I recall early in my career how debilitating failure was to my personal identity. As time passed and with a number of failures under my belt, I let go of the need to attach failure to my personal worth. In fact when I let go of failure as a negative consequence, I began to view it as something which had very little power over me.

You may wish to view failure as an opportunity to advance closer to your goals; not further away. Do not attach failure to self-esteem, since doing so will halt and derail your progress. Transform your frustrations and fears into enthusiasm and passion. People who are enthusiastic and passionate are more inclined to enjoy the journey through life. In doing so, they seldom focus on the end result. If you love what you do and do what you love, the process can be more rewarding than the final result.

Pursue that which resonates with your deepest self. Everything else is extraneous when you identify what is most important to you. Far too many people focus on superficial pursuits while neglecting the bigger picture, hoping that trying everything will return a favourable outcome. This may be akin to painting a masterpiece by throwing paint at a canvas, wishing it will transform itself into a Rembrandt!

Mostly importantly don’t let life pass you by. Take life by the reigns by being in command of your choices. Whilst you have little control over the outcomes of those choices, you still have power in how you respond to them. I love this wonderful quote by the poet Maya Angelou, “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”

Reclaiming life then becomes an extension of one’s inner state of being. Once you attain this state, your inner and out worlds will collide in blissful harmony.

Founder of The Power to Navigate Life, Tony is one of Australia’s leading self-empowerment speakers, authors and coach on Mind-Body health.

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