Ahwatukee Foothills resident Sandra Lassiter used yoga to find focus that helped her succeed in her corporate career, and now that she has left the business world she is ready to share her love for yoga through her new studio: Hot Yoga Ahwatukee.
The business is set to open at the end of this month, and will feature hot yoga, a series of Hatha postures practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees.
“The room is kept at 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity,” Lassiter said. “The heat warms the muscles and allows students to get a deeper stretch while healing and preventing injury.”
The heat takes a few classes to get used to, but Lassiter encourages yoga beginners to give it a try.
“Practicing yoga in a heated room is actually very powerful physically and mentally,” she said. “We encourage new students to sit down if they feel dizzy or tired, but the feeling usually passes in a minute or two and they are able to join back in quickly.”
According to Lassiter, practicing hot yoga speeds up the metabolism, stimulates the immune system and increases the heart rate.
“It’s important to come to class well hydrated because you are going to sweat a lot, which detoxifies your body,” she said.
Aside from physical health benefits, yoga also addresses mental health. In class Lassiter works with her students to build strength and flexibility, which can help with concentration outside of the studio.
“If you can deal with difficult situations in the yoga room you can apply that to your everyday life,” Lassiter said. “The mental strength I developed from hot yoga really developed my concentration and focus at my previous job.”
Another teacher at Hot Yoga Ahwatukee, Helena Whitney, often comes across people who are intimidated by the 105-degree temperature of hot yoga.
“We live here in Phoenix and go outside in the summer when it is way hotter than in the yoga room,” Whitney said. “If you hydrate properly living here in Phoenix I think you’re prepared to take a hot yoga class.”
Lassiter is offering a two-week trial with unlimited classes at Hot Yoga Ahwatukee when it opens at the end of March, and there is a 20 percent discount after the end of the trial if a class package is purchased.
“I think in a bad economy people adjust their spending habits, but there are certain things that people won’t compromise on, like their health,” Lassiter said. “More and more people understand how important their health is and they are learning what they need to do to stay healthy.”
Hot Yoga Ahwatukee will be located at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 22. For more information about classes and instructors, visit www.hotyogaahwatukee.com.