The Sauna Yoga poses are based on various yoga styles and practised seated in a temperature of approximately 50°C (120°F). Some of the poses help to relieve tensions in the neck and shoulder region and remove excessive strain on the spine and surrounding musculature, while others work to strengthen the trunk and leg muscles. The gentle heat of the sauna effectively reduces strain, and the beneficial effects can be felt immediately after a single session.
The sauna is one of the very few truly mobile-free spaces these days. It is also a space free of other audio-visual stimuli, which can offers respite and helps us manage stress at work. The slow-paced exercise carried out in the quiet environment of the sauna calms and focuses the mind on the present. For many, Sauna Yoga is the best way to alleviate the symptoms of stress.
The instructed Sauna Yoga session lasts for 30-45 minutes. It is suitable for everyone and requires no previous yoga training experience.
Saunayoga is practised at 40°C-50°C (100-120°F). No water is thrown on the stove during the session. The exercise is suitable for anyone able to tolerate mild heat. Many people, who would normally avoid going to the sauna, find enjoyment in the mild heat and the gentle exercise, helping the mind focus on the present moment.
What to bring?
Take a non-metallic water bottle and a small towel with you, as you will sweat a lot during the session. As for what to wear, a pair of shorts and a tank top or a sleeveless shirt will do great. You can also take flip-flops with you, as they will make moving between dressing room and sauna more comfortable.
How to prepare for it?
Avoid eating 1.5 to 2 hours before a session. Try to drink a few glasses of water before you start. Take off jewellery that can overheat and remove any make-up from your face. Wear a tank top and shorts. And most importantly, enjoy what you’re doing.