#3 - Outline - Top Trend - Hot Yoga

Focus / Overview –Hot Yoga, and the benefits it has to injured athletes, as well as healthy active people.

People To Interview:
- Tara Brasier, Owner Teacher and Studio Director at Moksha Yoga Mississauga
- Anne Poirier - Yoga Student, has done Yoga to rehabilitate after injury and now prefers it to other workouts
- Hot Yoga Student – why they started Hot Yoga, what they get out of it
- Doctor / Physiotherapist – Get their opinion on Hot Yoga and it’s benefits


Clip – Hot Yoga Class, Instructor is giving instructions. (Could try to get Instructor to pretend their teaching a class to get sound and b-roll if students don’t want to participate on camera)

V/O – Describe Yoga and the benefits of the heat
What is Yoga?
The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.
What is commonly referred to as "yoga" can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.
Asana is only one of the eight "limbs" of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with mental and spiritual well being than physical activity. In the West, however, the words asana and yoga are often used interchangeably.

Benefits of the Heat:
- Immediately warms the body, increasing the suppleness and elasticity of muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body, allowing it greater flexibility with less chance of injury to occur.
- Your body burns fat more efficiently
- Increases metabolism, accelerating the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
- Increases cardiovascular workout.
- Encourages sweating, which promotes detoxification.
- Dilates capillaries more effectively, oxygenating tissues, muscles, glands, organs, thus increasing the removal of waste products.
- Similar to when the body raises its temperature at times of infection, the elevated temperature in the Yoga room can improve T-Cell function and work to strengthen the immune system.
- Improves the nervous system as messages are carried more efficiently to and from the brain.
- Strengthens Willpower, Self Control, Concentration, and Determination.
V/O We spoke with Tara Brasier of Moksha Mississauga…(see questions below)
B – roll yoga participants grabbing mat, grabbing towels, walking in to class
Clip of Tara Brasier:
Tara talks about the popularity of Hot Yoga and she tells us what the major differences of hot vs. regular yoga are. She tells us why one is a bigger trend then the other.

V/O Anne Poirier … told us why she started hot yoga…and how it’s affected her injury

Clip of Anne Poirier speaking about how hot yoga has helped her injury and why prefers hot yoga to other forms of exercise

V/O Yoga student … told us why they started hot yoga…

Clip of Yoga participant that practices hot yoga

V/O Doctor/Physiotherapist … told us what the benefits are of hot yoga…

Clip of Dr / Physiotherapist speaking about the benefits

V/O Hot Yoga appears to be a great way to prevent, recover, and rehabilitate after injury. Yoga is for everyone and there are many different classes, yoga is yet another great way for individuals to get out there and get active.

Questions for Tara Brasier at Moksha yoga:
1. Have you noticed the growing popularity of yoga?
2. Why do most people start Hot Yoga?
3. Why do you believe it has gained popularity over other forms of exercise?
4. Are there any health risks involved in the hot yoga?
5. What would you recommend first timers of hot yoga?
6. What benefits does Hot Yoga give? Physical? Mental?

Questions for Anne Poirier & Other Student:
1. Why did you begin Hot Yoga?
2. How often do you go to Hot Yoga classes?
3. What have you gained from practicing?
4. How has it helped your injury? (For Anne)
5. Has yoga changed any aspects of your life? How so?

Questions for Physiotherapist/Doctor:
1. Why has hot yoga become such a popular form of rehab?
2. How does hot yoga help with injuries?
3. What are the mental and physical benefits of Hot Yoga?
4. Are there certain people who should not partake in Hot Yoga classes?

Other information:

Are there any health risks? Should certain people avoid the practise? Why?
- Dehydration: you have to be sure to have a sufficient amount of water intake throughout the class
- Headaches: from the heat
- Nausea: from dehydration
- Muscle Cramps: improper stretching
- Dizzyness: from dehydration

How did it start?
- Bikram Choudhury is a renowned Hatha Yoga Master who developed Bikram Yoga over 30 years ago. Born in Calcutta
- He began studying yoga when he was 4, by 13 he won the National India Yoga Contest and undefeated for the next three years.
- Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a marathon runner and a champion weightlifter, setting world record lifts and competing in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
- A serious knee injury in a weight lifting accident when he was 20 cause European doctors to predict Bikram would not walk again. Finding his way back to India and his yoga guru, Bishnu Ghosh, it took six months of yoga therapy for his knee to totally recover.
- Bikram Yoga was created through Bikram's own healing regime
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