Discover Yoga On Chocolate
Located in the center of Hershey, Yoga On Chocolate offers a wide range of classes that will enhance your well being. We are committed to creating a place for inner growth and peace through physical practice based on the millennia old teachings of yoga.
Come explore a powerful Vinyasa class in a heated room (85-90 degrees F) or a focused Barre class that will tone and energize your body. Maybe take a Yin Class that will lengthen and open you or settle in for a restorative class that will connect you with your inner bliss.
You are ready now. Beginners are welcome to all classes - we were all beginners at some point. We would love to have you take the journey to better health and wellbeing with us at Yoga On Chocolate!
If you love our vigorous vinyasa yoga classes but have never learned how to do the poses accurately.
We invite you to attend one of our workshops or schedule a private lesson with Pat where you can ask to focus on a specific pose or area of the body that troubles you. Our teachers will work with you to develop you knowledge of your body & modify poses for injuries or special conditions. Even those who have practiced for decades pledge to keep learning & offering you new ideas, challenges & new ways to extend your practice.
Why we practice in the heat.
There are many reasons why we choose to practice in a room heated to 90 degrees. The heat helps our bodies warm up (sort of like stretching before running) & makes it a lot easier to get deeper into postures more safely. In our experience, the many benefits of practicing yoga asana are amplified by doing so in the heat. Sweating helps us to clean out our systems, because toxins are carried to the skin in sweat, where they float magically away during the process of evaporation.
The heat also:
- Helps us burn fat more effectively by boosting metabolism & melting away water weight in sweat
- Dilutes our capabilities to boost the oxygenation of all our cells - tissues, muscles, organs, etc.
- Boost circulation and gets your heart rate up, at times rendering yoga an aerobic activity.
- Enhances our immune system by slightly elevating the tepature of our body, which enhances T-Cell functions.
- Elevates the functioning of the nervous system & decreases anxiety by relaxing the body.
Another subtle effect of the heat that you do not always hear about is that it actually helps us to concentrate & stay in the moment. The intensity of practicing in a warm room is difficult to ignore and (at least in our experience) this helps minds to wander less. Since yoga is about staying present in the moment, the heat can function as our ally in this way.