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Sweat it out! Five reasons sweating is good for you: 1. Natural Pain Killer We all get aches and pains, but rather than reaching for they aspirin, let your body move and sweat. James Ting, MD, a sports medicine physician at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California says, "Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers". 2. Good for your Skin A deep sweat can do great things to clear your skin. Sweating opens pores and allows your body to push bacteria and other blemish causing culprits  ..

Cool as a Cucumber

It’s been a hot summer in Southern California: El Nino season is here and with it, tropical climates and 90*F beach days. As typical daily routines (like walking to the mailbox) can leave us glistening in a sweat beads, it’s important that we all make extra effort to hydrate. While guzzling cool water after a hot yoga class sounds easy to do, continuously sipping on water throughout the day to is not always as enticing. Let’s face it, regular water gets boring, so why not spice it up? Healthy Benefits of Infusing your Water -Because  ..

Memorial Day 2015

We wish you a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend. We would like to thank and remember those who have given of themselves for the safety, well being and freedom of others. In observance of the holiday on MONDAY, MAY 25th, we will be canceling the following classes: Sunday, May 24th: Pacific Beach: 5pm Hot Yoga 6:30pm Gentle Hot Yoga Monday, May 25th: Encinitas: 5:30am Hot Yoga 5:00pm Hot Yoga 5:45pm Hot Yoga 6:00pm Vinyasa 7:00pm Hot Yoga 7:00pm Donation Vinyasa 8:15pm Hot Yoga Pacific Beach: 5:30pm Ho ..

Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga is arguably the world’s foremost yoga teacher. His students include BKS Iyengar of Iyengar yoga, Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga yoga and Indra Devi, mother of western yoga. An Ayurvedic doctor by profession, "Krish"’s prescriptions for "health" were little more than yoga poses, mantras and food recommendations. He told his students and patients "food is the first medicine" and "the first Yoga is Food”. The great thing about "Krish" is that he lived his life without need for medication, surgery or hospitals. He simpl ..

New Classes at Tropics

BEGINNER HOT YOGA: bikram style We’ll be adding a brand new class called “Beginner Hot Yoga”. It is a 60 minute class, heated and appropriate for first time students as well as those wanting to work on their fundamentals. If you’ve practiced Bikram yoga before, this is very similar, we’ll just be doing one set of each pose. This will be an ideal class for beginners to set up proper alignment and receive hands on help from instructors. Look for this new class in Encinitas on Saturday at 8am and Pacific Beach Tuesday & Thursday afternoons at  ..

Our first 21-day hot yoga challenge is in full swing as of Jan 3rd (it’s not too late to jump in if you’re feeling inspired). Having done a few of these challenges myself, and hearing feedback from participating yogis, here are a few tips to help get you through without wanting to put your yoga mat through a wood chipper. 1. There Will Be Ups and Downs, Practice accordingly Generally, even the most dedicated of yoga practitioners take at least one day off per week from asana (physical) practice. The body needs to rest and recover in order to get the most from any type ..

Aside from the times where tropical storms are passing through, Southern California offers a climate that, although beautiful, is quite dry, particularly in the winter months. Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, is an ancient Indian system of holistic health that seeks to balance out the body through the use of oils, herbs, and diet. The idea is that people are all made up of 3 types of constitutions, or body types. One or two of those constitutions dominates the other(s), so through Ayurveda, we can help to balance out all three. Even without the addition of dry, winter a ..

It's January and New Year's resolutions are in full swing. A lot of folks aim to improve their health this time of year, quite a few of my friends are abstaining from any type of sugar, including the massive amount of sugar found in alcoholic beverages that many like to pretend doesn't exist. As it goes for improving your diet in general, it's easier to give something up when an alternative is present; give up those cookies but have an apple with almond butter instead. Pass up on pizza, but have some veggies with your favorite hummus. Same is true for drinks, it's easier to pass ..

I don't know about you but my New Year's Eve usually consists of a lot of planning, cooking, getting dressed up, and getting somewhere to spend the last night of the year with friends and family making toasts and watching fireworks. The next morning involves some sleeping, some cleaning and eventually I make it outdoors. This is lovely, but what if I could do it differently and really start off a new year with intention and sense of being grounded? At Yoga Tropics, we're offering a couple of really neat opportunities to make your New Year's extra special: Midnight Practice: Drift in ..

Looking for a healthy dessert for New Year's Eve? Try our raw, vegan black magic cheesecake, it's healthy, vegan and really easy to make: Ingredients: 1 Cup - Pitted Dates (soaked in warm water for 5 min) 1 Cup - Raw Walnuts Organic Blackberries 1.5 Cups - Raw Cashews 1/2 Cup - Coconut Milk 1/3 Cup - Melted Coconut Oil 1/2 Cup - Raw Honey Crust: Blend your dates and walnuts in a blender or food processor. Use a cupcake tin or a cake pan and fill the bottom(s) with your crust ingredients. Filling: In a blender or food processor, mix your cashews, coconut milk, ..