As the island breathes a collective sigh of relief as the calendar turns over into the blissful month of September, it’s time to pick up were we left off before the ‘craziness’ of August set in, get back into good habits and allow ourselves time to detox, relax and reflect. If you’ve neglected your yoga practice over the past few weeks, Ibiza yoga teacher Sebastien Carincotte of Hot Yoga Ibiza says now is the time to get straight back into it… no excuses!
Whether you are looking to improve your fitness and shift some excess weight (all those late night dinners and alcoholic drinks at parties do eventually catch up on you) or are more interested in the spiritual and therapeutic aspects of yoga, Hot Yoga Ibiza offers a variety of classes (many without heat) to suit your needs. “All yoga is spiritual on some level,” says Sebastien. “From the minute you decide to start a practice, and do something for yourself, you’re doing something spiritual, connecting with yourself. It just depends on how deeply you wish to go into it, and how you want to approach your practice.”
If losing weight is your primary motivation, Hot Yoga classes are perfect. Want a little more spiritual? Core 40 is a great starting point. Then there is also Ashtanga, a more athletic style with elements of spirituality. Sebastien can advise on which style may be more appropriate for you, based on your health, body type, lifestyle and any injuries, but the most important thing is that you JUST GET YOURSELF TO THE STUDIO!
Sebastien suggests a yoga practice with a minimum of three classes per week for optimum results. “Of course you’ll feel different if you do just one class a week – it’s better for your body than none – but with three classes, you will feel both the physical and mental benefits of yoga. When you can commit to five or six times a week, then you can really feel a huge shift.”
Forget ‘easing yourself into it’ – Sebastien says the best way to get into a routine is to persevere to attend your three or five classes per week from today. “The first class is going to be tough, and your body might hurt afterwards, but the best thing to do is keep practicing – and practice in a way that suits you, your body. Do the best you can, with the body you’ve got, on each day. Your body and mind will honestly thank you for it, your confidence levels will be increased and you will start to naturally spread good energy to everyone and everything around you.”
If you need any further motivation – think on this: during August in Ibiza, the air is so thick with humidity, it can be difficult to breathe properly. During just one yoga class, you will open your lungs completely and allow so much fresh, oxygen into your bloodstream, detoxifying yourself in the process. “All styles of yoga classes benefit the internal organs,” says Sebastian. “People may think because they are sweating that they are detoxing, but actually, they are detoxifying the organs with the compression and decompression effects of each asana. Think of each organ like a wet sponge – you squeeze it and all the dirty water is released, then you release and it springs back into a fresh shape. Your body is the same.”