New hot yoga studio heats up mind, spirit, body
Deborah Glicksberg is co-owner and yoga instructor of 2Hot Yoga Too, in Lincolnshire, IL. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
2 Hot Yoga, Too
300 Village Green Drive
Suite No. 112
Updated: April 22, 2013 2:45AM
LINCOLNSHIRE — Without a strict routine and strong inner-discipline, making the time to spend an hour on the optical machine during the work week in return for what feels like immeasurable results is difficult for many.
This is one of the numerous reasons why people flock to yoga studios that offer hot yoga and its other forms, and the reason why 2 Hot Yoga and Pilates Owner Desiree Rijos and Yoga Instructor Deborah Glicksberg decided to give the Highland Park studio a sister location in Lincolnshire, called 2 Hot Yoga, Too.
“So many people from this area—Vernon Hills and Buffalo Grove, and the like—would try to get to Highland Park often, but it was like they had to set a half a day aside, so it was a goal for us to get out here,” Glicksberg said.
2 Hot Yoga, Too opened at 300 Village Green Drive, Suite No. 112 in Lincolnshire last month, and has brought in equal amounts of new and returning customers since.
Glicksberg said that they are the only studio in the Lincolnshire area offering hot yoga.
While yoga itself is considered to have beneficial effects on the body, mind and spirit, hot yoga is yoga done in a room heated from 85 to 95 degrees, helping the body release toxins, while allowing for deeper stretches and a deeper state of relaxation. Hot yoga is also said to help increase circulation and promote the body’s healing process.
2 Hot Yoga shares the same feelings that most other hot yoga fans have about the practice: That it improves focus, relieves stress and does more for an individual’s health, spirit and self-image than other types of excercise. It exercises every part of the human body, down to its cells.
A big part of hot yoga’s appeal is that it does more for people than simply make their physique look better, and that it isn’t monotonous like conventional workouts are.
“Athletes like runners and golfers love it because it helps with twisting, hip opening and lengthening,” Glicksberg said, adding that the hot yoga helps relax the body’s joints and ligaments.
2 Hot Yoga, Too, in particular, features Niyama Hot Yoga and Hot Vinyasa Flow classes. Niyama and Vinyasa are similar, though Niyama does not use arm balances, inversions, pushups or downward-facing dogs.
Niyama Hot Yoga was developed by the owner of the Niyama Yoga studio in Wilmette—Mac McHugh—in 2006. The 90-minute class is conducted in a room typically heated to 95 degrees, and characterized by a slow warm-up and a series of poses that focus on core strength, twisting, standing forward folds and balance. Though the class becomes intense from the heat and the length of the poses, it’s said to be suitable for both first-time students and long-time yoga practitioners.
Vinyasa is said to be suitable for all levels of students, as well, though it’s helpful to have a basic knowledge of Sun Salutations. This class has its students doing a series of fluid movements in a room that’s heated to a temperature between 80 and 85 degrees.
2 Hot Yoga & Pilates’ website recommends that those new to yoga dress in light, comfortable clothes; drink sufficient water within 24 hours of the class; refrain from eating 2 – 3 hours prior; take a resting pose when tired; know their physical limitations; and pay close attention to the instructors.
Glicksberg said that the studio would be offering a special discount through the end of March for $40 for two weeks of unlimited classes. Dropping in for a class is usually $20.00 each time.
Owners Glicksberg and Rijos tentatively plan to have an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for their Lincolnshire studio in March.
For more information, visit www.2hotyogatoo.com.