Yoga has been a therapeutic staple at Bellcate School for a number of years. The positive outcomes have been clear right from the start. As a result Bellcate School has engaged in a process of progressive development of our yoga program for the past 3 years.
Yoga practice at Bellcate school linked with direct instruction in Neuroscience and self regulation skills development benefits our students in several ways:
- Improves fitness and physical health.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Improves optimism.
- Improves focus and school performance.
- Improves self-esteem and body image.
- Supports mindfulness and creativity.
- Develops discipline and self-regulation.
This year Bellcate School turns up the heat. Literally. “Hot yoga” is a term for yoga performed in a climate-controlled studio with increased heat and humidity. Two days a week at Bellcate’s yoga studio, Namaste, the temp is turned up for our advanced students. In 2014 The Journal of International Clinical and Experimental Medicine reported the following benefits of hot yoga after a comprehensive clinical study:
- Better quality of sleep
- Lower body fat and improved physiques
- Metabolic advantage
- Improved blood sugar levels
- Improved flexibility
Bellcate students have responded positively to the change and actually prefer “hot yoga.”
“I like hot yoga better than what we were doing before. I feel like I can go deeper into the postures with the heat. I am more flexible and I think the sweating is good for releasing toxins. After hot yoga I just feel better. Its good for my mood and I am more calm. I sleep better.” -Dom, student
“I absolutely feel a difference between the yoga we were doing before and hot yoga. Everything is more intense but also easier at the same time. I can go deeper into my postures and my muscles are more flexible. At the end of class it just feels much better, I feel much better. My mind is super clear, I feel lighter, more relaxed, more focused and just happier overall.”–Matt, student
Starting this quarter Bellcate School is teaming with area yoga instructors as guest teachers to bring an additional level of variation, experience and expertise to Bellcate’s Yoga practice. We welcome Tracey Rudman our first guest teacher on December 18th.
Additionally, Bellcate’s advanced class will be taking a field trip to a hot yoga studio in Williston to experience our practice at a local studio with instructor Erin Krilivsky. In advance we thank all of our visiting community yoga instructors for your participation and support.