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With health and government measures requiring us to stay home, we’ve been introduced to a whole universe of unique workouts and movement styles that expand across all continents. Of course, we’re all missing connection with our fitness communities in our favorite studios, yet there is a certain level of vulnerability we have access to, when trying new methods at home. Being able to breathe like a bull, dance like a child, and flex our abs like a bodybuilder, and without the external concern for what we look like, we can freely connect to the many benefits of new movement styles that elevate our physical and mental wellbeing.
We all store energy in our bodies, which is why we can feel mental stress in certain areas of the physical body. As the quarantine progresses, there are more stressors we’re facing as a collective. It is important to release negative energy from our bodies and awaken our connections, so we can bring our best selves to whatever new mission is in front of us, whether that’s being a more compassionate partner, or embodying a peaceful presence for the people we’re sharing our homes and our lives with. For instance, in a Quantum Flow Fitness class, it’s not uncommon to feel negative stressors when starting a class, and, through the process of a body and breath activation, you’ll leave feeling more peaceful, euphoric, and ready to tackle whatever life throws our way. That’s the power of activating our mind and body connections.
In collaboration with Dean Grafos, CORE40 Co-Founder, and Juan Pablo Barahona, the holistic teacher and creator of Quantum Flow Method, the Quantum Flow Fitness Method was born out of a shared mission to elevate the vibration of our planet by using fitness as a vehicle for personal transformation. Quantum Flow Fitness is “a mix of science, embodiment and spirituality which leads to a powerful method of manifestation.” In practice, the method uniquely blends intense and slow core movements, interval training and resistance training with specific breathwork. The method was designed to amplify strength, energy, flexibility, mobility, focus and coordination for all levels of fitness practitioners. And, you can do it all from your own living room.
If you’re ready to experience a journey of sweat, challenge and bliss, join the upcoming 40-minute Quantum Flow Fitness live stream led by CORE40 Co-Creator, Dean Grafos (he’ll be streaming live from Costa Rica). Dean is a fiercely passionate soul with infectious energy, and, over the last 10 years, he’s used his body as a lab for creating personal evolution. From mastering the Megaformer at his Lagree studios in San Francisco and Amsterdam, to practicing meditation and breathwork, to honoring his body through a healthy diet and sacred medicine journeys, Dean believes in harnessing the power of self-love to dissolve false limitations, because we’re all here to live an exceptional life.
Whether you’re tuning in from your living room, your backyard, or your kitchen, we hope to connect and move with you soon, no matter what it looks like. Let’s feel good, together.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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