Most people don't equate sweating with yoga. But in the intense yoga form of Astanga - often called "power yoga" - excessive sweating is a trademark of the experienced practitioner.

In Astanga yoga, the person executes a series of challenging postures in a continuous, fluid motion. The goal is to generate heat from within the body; this helps with stretching and strengthening the muscles. Special breathing techniques and internal contractions enable the person to keep the body's heat and sweat mechanism going while at the same time keeping the heart rate slow and steady.

The profuse sweating in Astanga is thought to help detoxify the body. As for fitness benefits, Astanga builds muscle, increases flexibility and promotes balance. Come see the group class options your Bally has to offer you!