What’s Up with Hot Yoga – Certified Yoga Practitioner Annie Brugenhemke Explains, Episode 016

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Show Notes


Have you noticed the craze around “hot yoga”? There’s good reason why you’re seeing it pop up everywhere. Certified Yoga Practitioner Annie Brugenhemke explains the most popular types of yoga being practiced in the US and the many benefits surrounding hot yoga, including creating better relationships in our lives. She talks to us about what to bring with us and what to expect for our first hot yoga class, and the frequency in which to practice to reap the highest rewards.

“We practice yoga to get better at our LIFE.”


Benefits of Practicing Hot Yoga:

  • Better sleep- Restorative for the body and better function throughout the day.
  • Better ability to handle speed bumps in life- Not stressing so easily over things that come our way, leading to better relationships with everyone around us.
  • Learning to breath properly- Better oxygen exchange, better exchange of energy, consistent energy throughout the day.
  • Comfort in body- feeling of comfort for days.
  • Feeling of lightness and coordination-  Lighter on feet, don’t trip as much, better grace in body.
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol- People are know to go off meds.
  • Relaxation
  • Sweat out toxins
  • Pain relief in joints-
    • Lubricating to muscles
    • Allows for deeper stretching
    • Increases range of motion in joints
    • Better stretching
    • Great for people suffering with disorders such as fibromyalgia
  • Thermogenesis effect- The body heats up on purpose to ward off illness. The theory is if you heat your body, your immune system strengthens.
  • Digestive system- You will feel improvement immediately! Less intestinal swelling.


So how often should we practice hot yoga for optimal effect? Annie recommends 3 times per week. Once a week is still beneficial, but 5 times a week is too much.


Annie’s Bio:

Annie Brugenhemke began her study of the healing arts in 1996 when she started practicing yoga while living and working as an artist in Taos, New Mexico. Always a curious student, she tried many forms of Hatha yoga and other healing modalities such as Iyengar, Astanga, Bikram and Kundalini yoga. Additionally Annie studied pilates, rebirthing breathwork technique and reiki. Annie has been teaching yoga full- time since 1998 and has led 3 yoga teacher trainings in the metro area. She holds certifications from Sivananda Yoga, Stott pilates and Radiant Child Yoga Level One. She graduated from UNO in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with her thesis in painting. Annie currently lives in Lincoln with her daughter.


Annie’s 3 Habits Developed to Ensure her Health Journey:

  1. Half her plate is fruits and vegetables.
  2. Taking time to be still. Does not over-commit, so there’s no time left for self.
  3. Moving in a joyful way…consistent practice of yoga.


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