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Yoga Sport

Etown’s Favourite

Masterlab is the winner of the Star Metro’s and play107’s Community Choice Awards for Edmonton’s favourite yoga studio. Formerly Studio X Bikram Yoga, we doubled down in 2020 on our work with athletes and performers. To reflect this, we changed our name, launched online programs with world champions, doctors, and athletes teaching yoga around the world, and opened an eatery with a menu specifically designed to enhance performance and athletic recovery.

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26-2 original hot yoga

Sport is defined by one’s physical performance
within the boundaries of a game.
Score a point. Cross a line.

Yoga contradicts sport because
everything about yoga is designed to
undermine what you know of boundary.

Yoga is defined by one’s mental performance
within the boundary of the body.
However, as the body changes, so, too, does
the concept and experience of “boundaries.”

On the mat, boundary, itself, is the game.

Good luck. We’re here for you,

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Get the mental edge

Many coaches exclaim, “The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare,” yet sport and physical education continues to focus almost exclusively on the accomplishments of the body. It’s no surprise then that it’s often those who have focused solely on their body who tend to quite yoga after the first class. When it comes to performance, a vehicle performs only as well as its driver… just as National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Lou Brock observed, “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.”

In contrast to other sports and activities, yoga develops mental toughness. Practitioners ease in to its forms, in turn opening up new experiences of the body. It might sound simple, but in a world that monetizes distraction and rewards a sedentary lifestyle, awareness of one’s own body is not only challenging but, in its own way, a revolutionary act. “You cannot do yoga,” choreographer and yogi Sharon Gannon put it best, “Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”

Those “resistances,” or boundaries, come to you by way of the outside world. They aren’t your boundaries; they have been imposed on you.

Peyton Manning said of his NFL career, “I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me peace of mind.” The will to win is universal. It got you into the game. It’s the will to prepare, both mind and body—to be ready for anything—that sets you free to do anything.

26-2 original hot yoga is designed to take advantage of the relationship between heat and humidity

This temperature and humidity combination is designed to provide benefits like helping to improve flexibility so the body can move into poses, helping release toxins from the body and increasing the heart rate to provide a cardiovascular workout.

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The room is regulated to 40° Celsius.

This extreme temperature puts the body into a pliable state that avoids micro-tears in the muscles. The heat allows you to stretch farther and achieve a greater range of motion.

40

On top of the heat is the 40% humidity.

The humidity is a passive means to keep the body active. Combined with the heat and yoga practise, extraordinary results are enjoyed by practitioners.

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Classes are 90 minutes.

Sweaty bodies aside, most hot yoga fans also praise the activity’s mental and psychological benefits. Results are cumulative: make it through your first day and the second one will be better, and so on.

26-two original hot yoga, or simply “26-2,” is an accessible system of hatha yoga, devised by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s. The Sanskrit word हठ hatha literally means force and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. In its own way, hatha yoga is similar to jujutsu in its use of minimum physical force to achieve extraordinary physical effect.

Millennia ago, yoga was taught one-on-one. However, to accommodate its relatively recent explosion in global popularity, Choudhury refined a selection 26 postures based on his upbringing in India. Postures suited for group learning rather than individually. The postures consist of 26 asanas (poses as exercise), and two breathing exercises.

Not only has this selection of postures been deemed by many as the world’s most effective practise of hatha yoga, it is also among the most elegant. When combined with heat and humidity, two more characteristics of 26-2, research shows the postures yield health benefits not enjoyed by traditional yoga. Further, research also shows 26-2 also offers some of the benefits of high-impact sport but in a low-impact practise.

Scientific investigations into the benefits of 26-2 original hot yoga are ongoing and growing by the year, conducted by the likes of the American Council on Exercise, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the Bone Density Clinic at the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital, the University of Texas at Austin, and many more. They are verfiying the health benefits of a regular practise, benefits that address anxiety and depression, osteoperosis, and diabetes, to name a few. However, we always recommend safety first: Please consult with your physician about your yoga practise if you suffer any health conditions, and always be well prepared for class, which means lots of water, electrolytes, and avoiding heavy meals ahead of time.

Health benefits

After thousands of years, the science is in

Improve flexibility

A 2013 study of 26-2 yoga found that after eight weeks, yoga participants had “beneficial changes in musculoskeletal fitness that were specific to the training stimulus,” notably greater flexibility in their low back, shoulders, and hamstrings.

Burn more calories

According to researchers at Colorado State University, the calorie burn can be as high as 460 for men and 330 for women during a 90-minute 26-2 yoga session.

Bone density

Supporting your weight during a yoga pose can help build bone density. This is especially important for older adults and premenopausal women, as bone density declines as you age. A 2014 study of women who participated in 26-2 yoga over a five-year period found that premenopausal women had increased bone density in their neck, hips, and lower back.

Reduce stress

A 2018 study of stressed, physically inactive adults found that a 16-week program of hot yoga significantly reduced the participants’ stress levels. At the same time, it improved their health-related quality of life, as well as their self-efficacy—the belief that you have control over your behaviour and social environment.

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Ease depression

Yoga is a known technique to help you relax and improve mood. According to the American Psychology Association, it may also be a helpful therapy for reducing the symptoms of depression. Additionally, a 2017 review of 23 different studies that focused on yoga as a treatment for depression concluded that yoga is an effective way to reduce depressive symptoms.

Cardio boost

Striking different yoga poses in high heat can give your heart, lungs, and muscles a more challenging workout than doing the same poses in a lower temperature. According to a 2014 study, just one session of hot yoga is enough to get your heart pumping at the same rate as a brisk walk (3.5 miles per hour). Hot yoga also revs up your respiration and metabolism.

Blood glucose

While any type of exercise can help burn energy and reduce circulating levels of glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream, hot yoga may be an especially helpful tool for people at higher risk for type 2 diabetes. A 2013 study found that a short-term 26-2 yoga program improved glucose tolerance in older adults with obesity, but it had less of an effect on young, lean adults.

Nourish skin

Sweating, and a lot of if, is one of the main objectives of hot yoga. One of the benefits of sweating in a warm environment is that it can improve circulation, bringing oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to skin cells. This, in turn, may help to nourish your skin from the inside.

Preparation

Delicious, delicious preparation

While pure water can help keep you hydrated, it won’t help correct electrolyte imbalances. Instead, choose an electrolyte-enhanced water or sports beverage—just watch the calorie count and sugar content. The American Council on Exercise recommends a sports drink containing electrolytes and carbohydrates if you’ll be exercising for longer than 60 minutes—and since a 26-2 class is 90 minutes, you’ll want to have one handy.

Your diet is also a good source of electrolytes. Fresh fruits and veggies, pickles, yogourt, and potatoes are all excellent sources of the electrolytes lost in sweat.

Hydrate

.5L two hours prior

Electrolytes

Avoid heavy meals

Plan to come twice

Prime your body for a great second class

You’re doing this for you, so if you are going to make it as far as our front doors, we want you to get the best result possible. That means knowing what you are in for. The heat and postures of 26-2 are new and alien to the sedentary lifestyles most of us are now encouraged to live. But because of the heat and postures of your first class, returning immediately the following day for your follow-up class is guaranteed to be a much better experience.

If you don’t feel 26-2 is for you after that second class, once your body knows what it can do, we will be happy to accommodate you with other, less intense, classes.

Twice

Benefits are cumulative

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Proof

What you’re capable of

Founders & Siblings

Eva Chipiuk &
Dr Adam Chipiuk

Dr Adam Chipiuk

Graduated with honours in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, and has a degree in Dental from NYU. In 2010, he started an Orofascial Pain and Sleep Residency at UCLA, where he trated pain-related symptoms like migraines, headaches, TMJ, and nerve and muscle disorders.

It was there that Dr Chipiuk realized that the system he was now a part of was not focused on the curing people. It was designed to mask symptoms, generally via pharmaceuticals.

“I became frustrated,” he said, “as my actions as a doctor were not having the positive health effect my patients needed.”

On his thirtieth birthday, Dr Chipiuk was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That’s when he started practising yoga, and it was instrumental in his recovery.

He has since gone on to teach yoga all over the world and has personally helped train thousands of yoga teachers.

“I am ready to share this priceless gift with you.”

Eva Chipiuk

Nine years into her graduate degree, devoted to become an environmental lawyer, Eva was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of pancreatic cancer.

A year after her diagnosis, she decided to take ownership of her physical and mental wellbeing. Eva quit her job to become a yoga teacher and travel the world.

“It was the best decision I made in my life,” she’s said.

She spent years travelling to in order to learn from the world’s most esteemed teachers of 26-2 original hot yoga, before returning to her home, Edmonton, to found a yoga studio of her own.

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Masterlab offers yoga mats, towels, and water bottles for rent and sale at the studio

Arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can get familiar with the studio.

It is best to practise on an empty stomach. Try not to eat a heavy meal at least two hours before class.

It is very important to drink plenty of water before and after class to stay hydrated. Hydrate throughout the day and bring water with you. If you forget it, we sell water here and have a filtered water station.

Wear clothes you can easily move in, and keep in mind you will be in a heated room. Think light shorts, airy tops, sports bras or whatever you will be comfortable in.

If you are driving, City parking is free after 6:00p. There is plenty of street parking and a paid heated underground lot.

If you are taking public transit (good job!), there is a bus stop direclty in front of the studio, on the north side of Jasper Ave, in Oliver.

Etiquette:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early and be ready to start on time.
  • Be clean. Showers available.
  • No cologne or perfume.
  • No shoes and cell phones in the practise room.
  • Respect the silence of your neighbors.
  • Keep pace with the class, rest when needed.
  • Wipe up any sweat from your area before you leave.