Clean and Green

One of the primary pillars that makes Blaze Yoga and Pilates is our commitment to a GREEN approach. We believe strongly that all of our actions should contribute to a cleaner and greener studio, region, country, and planet.

With that in mind, we are always working to offer the most effective, green, sustainable environment possible so that we can all thrive, together.

Is the studio clean? I'll start to answer the first question with a question back: have you met my husband, Jaylon? He steam cleans our carpets at home for fun. At the end of a long, hard day, he just wants to hot steam-mop the kitchen floor.

A rare sighting of Jaylon in his natural habitat.

We employ an army of cleaners to keep the studio in top condition so that you have a beautiful, welcoming, and clean space in which to practice.

The studio and all of the flooring is cleaned every day. We have one cleaner whose job, twice a week, is to wash your sweat streaks off the walls. We have another person who cleans the air vents, fans, and moulding every single week.

As you can imagine, our bathrooms get a lot of use. That's why we have cleaners to scrub the bathrooms, including the walls, every single day of the week. The shower curtains are changed three times a week and the bath mats are changed after every class.

What do you use to clean the studio?
I grew up in Vermont where green isn't a buzz word. It?s a way of life. We use simple and natural cleaners wherever possible like vinegar and water or baking soda.

When simple cleaners don't cut it, we use the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep scale to be sure all products get good marks for health and safety. We partner with companies like Shaklee and doTERRA to provide you with clean, green, and sustainably-produced cleaners. We use Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap in our showers and bathrooms. Our laundry soap is always free from endocrine-disrupting additives and perfumes.

Am I going to catch something? In sixteen years, we have never had an outbreak of anything at the yoga studio. We have never had students get or pass on foot fungus. We once had a student with MRSA practicing at the studio for four months without telling us. The number of students who contracted MRSA during that time is zero.

Why not?
First, the studio is really clean. We wash down everything, frequently. Second, your sweat contains two natural and powerful antiseptic compounds: sebacid and the heavy-hitter dermcidin. In clinical studies, dermcidin is more effective at killing Staph than Lysol. It functions by actually ripping off the cell membrane to kill the cell, so it is not an antiseptic to which an organism could develop a resistance. Feel free to cover yourself with this free, antibacterial solution daily!

For all of my real germophobes, rest assured that you?re much safer in a hot, sweaty yoga class than you are opening the door to your doctor's office or pushing a grocery cart.

In addition, we run an Odorox hydroxyl generator between classes and overnight. This product is the most advanced solution today for eliminating odors, decontaminating surfaces, and purifying the air that is both 100% green and safe for use around humans and animals.

Further, our Humidifall improves air quality and reduces our use of natural gas by increasing ambient humidity while simultaneously filtering airborne contaminants and destroying bacteria, viruses and fungi with a secondary UV filtration system.

We also diffuse doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend throughout the studio. This study shows a reduction of 40-90% in the flu virus dependent upon concentration.

Isn't your flooring breeding fungi?
Our hot room flooring is Flotex Flocked Flooring by a green company, Forbo. This product was originally designed for nursing homes to be both non-slip and antiseptic. It is not carpet; it's actually vinyl sheets. Carpeting has loops and coils that catch skin cells and hair and liquids. Flocked flooring is short, straight bristles that cannot catch debris. It is 100% moisture-backed, so no sweat can seep under the flooring (like happens with wood, cork, and carpet). You can dump a whole bucket of water on Flotex and suck every last drop of it up.

Our flooring is vacuumed at least once every single day of the year. It is steamed with hot water extraction every weekend.

Why does it smell sometimes?
We can control a lot of the things in the studio, but we can't control the people. Sweaty people smell like sweat. We run the Odorox between classes to clear the smell, but if you're in class and people start sweating, you're going to smell sweat.

The sweat that cools you off comes from your eccrine glands and doesn't really smell. It's mostly just water. Clean bodies don't smell strongly of sweat.

The sweat that does smell comes from your apocrine glands and does not significantly contribute to cooling. These are found mostly in the armpits and groin and this smelly sweat is where a large amount of our pheromones are excreted. Your apocrine glands are not activated during a hot yoga class, so if you smell a strong armpit smell, it's usually from something that stimulated the system earlier in the day to produce these communication odors.

Some behaviors contribute to a stronger sweaty smell. For some, eating garlic, onions, or cumin creates a powerful smell the next day. Individuals who drink alcohol or smoke marijuana often have a strong smell of ammonia or cat pee to their sweat.

What can I do to help?

• First, bring a yoga mat and towel large enough to catch all of your sweat. If you find there is a puddle around your mat during or after class, you don't have a big enough towel or enough layers.

• If you did leave a puddle, please be sure to use the mini wet-vac provided by the door to suck up your sweaty puddle. Your fellow yogis in the next class will appreciate it!

• Please brush your teeth before the morning classes. The Saturday 9 am always complains about the bad breath smell from the 7 am.

• Please refrain from wearing scented products like perfume, cologne, body spray, hair spray, and spray deodorant. One in five Americans has chemical sensitivity. This condition produces nuisance symptoms like stuffy nose and sneezing, in addition to more serious effects from exposure like hives, wheezing, and asthma. If you can't live without your Axe Body Spray, just apply it in the car after you leave.

• Bring home all of your sweaty items with you after class. We've all been yoga space-cadets before. Take an extra moment before you go to look around and be sure you've collected all of your wet, sweaty things.

• Towel off if you're a massive sweater. Dripping in the shower line? Ask the teacher for an extra towel to stand on or towel off with it so you don't leave a puddle in the lobby.

• Come to class clean. You don't have to shower before class, unless you smoke, wear perfume/cologne, or have a job that has a powerful odor. If you do, grab a quick shower so the people next to you can inhale deeply without worry.

How else is Blaze committed to environmental friendliness?

• In building the studio, we recycled or salvaged many of our materials. The wood shelving in the lobby are boards from a dismantled barn. Our front desk is made from a tree that was struck by lighting on a friend's property in Vermont. The shower floors are made from recycled glass bottles (all used during the building of the studio). Our benches are made from reclaimed wood from building tear-downs. All of our doors are salvaged from a remodel of a Rockefeller vacation home up-Maine. Our showers are made from slate tile salvaged from the scrap pile at Cumberland Salvage.

• Our changing room bench-cubbies are made by a local woodsmith.

• We use LED lighting in the hot room fixtures to save on energy consumption.

• Our Big Ass Fans aerodynamic Haiku ceiling fans to maximum air movement with minimal energy consumption. Our three ceiling fans consume less energy than one standard ceiling fan.

• Our hot room is insulated like a giant cooler to retain as much heat as possible.

• We use the most efficient and powerful Reznor rooftop heater to minimize natural gas consumption.

• We employ an Energy Recovery Ventilator controlled by a CO2 sensors to retain the heat energy of the air in the room while drawing in free air for improved ventilation and circulation.

• We maintain 40% humidity in the room with our Humidifall waterfall. By keeping humidity levels from dropping in the winter months, we reduce the amount of energy consumed to heat the room.

• We use online registration and iPad check in to reduce paper consumption.

• We work with Mr. Fox Composting to recycle or compost nearly all of the waste produced by the studio.  

With a commitment to responsibility and excellence, we can all contribute to a better future for all.

Yours in sweat and service,
Sara

Yoga as a Tool in Healing: How to feel better

Kyle Maiorana and Erin Holt of the Funk’tional Nutrition podcast this week to talk about what role yoga can play in healing chronic pain and illness.

Both women are registered dietitians who work to help their clients develop personalized plans for health that cover all aspects of their lives. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the work they do and wait anxiously each week for the release of the next episode. Topics cover everything from healthy fats to good sources of animal protein, and from the benefits of CBD oil to understanding diet culture. They also host people in the fields of health and wellness to share their unique areas of expertise.
I had the great pleasure of joining

Will I pass out in hot yoga?

The short answer to the question is: it’s highly unlikely.

Many new students have heard horror stories about yoga classes so hot that people were dropping like flies and being carried out of the room. Most of these are embellished or frankly fabricated. Like any tall tale, there’s always a kernel of truth: usually survival stories from teacher training where they try to burn you down metaphorically so you can rise like a phoenix from the ashes. You won’t find that in a general public yoga class.

I sat down this morning and tried to count how many times I’ve seen people pass out in yoga. I couldn’t even fill up one hand. I’ve heard stories of more than that, but in 17 years of practicing and teaching Bikram Yoga, I’ve only seen three people “go down” in a class.

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Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday is back on Saturday, November 24th. Join us for free classes and special sales the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

We love you all so much and can’t wait for the opportunity to show our gratitude to this amazing yoga community by offering free classes for you and your friends and family and special discounts on yoga and accessories.

Save your spot in the free classes below!

 25% off retail does not include food or CBD
Intro Month for the price of a drop in! $20 for 30 days unlimited
Special! 5-class card for $79 one day only!
Special! 50-class card for $739 one day only!
Special! Annual Unlimited for $1,099 just $91.58/month!
Autopay Ten Card for $150 automatically renews every ten classes or six months

Bring your friends and family for FREE Yoga and Pilates all day long on Saturday, November 24th.  

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Practicing Yoga While Sick

Can I practice when I’m sick?

It’s a question we get at the studio often. As with most yoga-related questions,there’s no one-size-fits-all answer.

First and foremost, if you have something contagious, please stay home and keep it to yourself. We once had a student undergoing treatment for a persistent MRSA infection practicing at the studio for four months without telling us.

Lucky for all who were practicing at that time, our sweat contains powerful antiseptic peptides in dermcidin. The best feature of dermcidin is that it attacks the microbes’ cell walls, not something to which a microbe can develop resistance.

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Welcome to Blaze Yoga and Pilates!

We are thrilled to welcome you to the studio and to our wonderful community. Here, I’m going to share some tips to help you get the most out of your time with us.

We offer the most effective hot yoga and Pilates techniques available in the world from the best trained teachers who can help you meet your goals and heal your body. Whatever your goal, whatever your challenge, whatever your limitation, we are confident we can help.

We are on a mission to help people take control of their health and wellness so they can feel great and have a positive impact on the world.

You may have heard some crazy stories about hot yoga and Pilates. We’ve made this short video to help you thrive through your first class:

Donna Carberry Memorial Fund

In 2011, the BYP community lost a very special member when Donna Carberry passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Donna was loved by all who knew her. She loved life, her family, hiking, nature, running, music, and yoga. In her own words, Donna was “in love with love.” Her bright smile lit up every class she attended.

Throughout her fight, Donna continued to practice yoga with us. She’d enter the studio with a huge smile every day and always shared her gratitude for each day and each class, despite the effects of chemo or when the cancer degraded her bones.

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Top Tips for Getting and Staying Hydrated for Yoga and Pilates

Hydration is key to having a great class and good hydration is more than just pounding water. Here are some quick tips to help you stay on top of your game.

eight central pillars

At Blaze Yoga and Pilates, there are eight central pillars that serve as the foundation for all that we do.

With the support of these core values, we are able to uphold our mission as a yoga studio to support our community members to take charge of their health, to heal their wounds, and amplify their lives so they can maximize their impact on the world.

By practicing our eight pillars, we are able to achieve our vision that our studio is able to create a robust and impactful community that ushers positivity and change into the world.

Commit to 90

Our powerful Commit to 90 Whole Life Challenge is back and better than ever!

We’re so stoked to team up with Functional Nutritionist Erin Holt to bring you our new and improved Commit to 90 Whole Life Challenge.

Commit to 90 is a 90-day challenge that rewards you for taking care of yourself. Instead of blasting out classes every day for a month like we’ve always done in our September 30-day Challenge, we’ll focus on building a regular, steady practice. CT90 is designed to help you make informed decisions around nutrition, learn to fuel your body, heal your relationship with food, build community connections, and make time for activities that enhance your life.

Watch this video to learn more!

How Yoga Enhances Recovery

As a culture, we have become very familiar with the suffering and loss associated with substance use disorders.  We are also quick to notice the psycho-biological symptoms associated with them. What we may not be as familiar with, and completely unprepared for, however, is the discomfort associated with Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS.  PAWS refers to abstinence-based biological changes that occur once an individual has made a decision for change and entered recovery. It is the abstinence-based biological symptoms of PAWS that makes early recovery so uncomfortable and hard to understand, and therefore extremely difficult to maintain.

Join us for a special lecture on Yoga and Sobriety Monday, October 8th at 5 pm.

Hot Yoga and Back Pain

This testimonial is the story of my personal recovery from debilitating pain from herniated discs through the practice of the therapeutic Bikram Method Yoga.  This yoga gave me back my life. In the depths of my pain, I remember sitting in the car with my husband outside one of our favorite restaurants crying. I couldn’t even imagine enduring the suffering of a nice, romantic dinner. The thought of sitting for 45-minutes was pure torture.

The following is my story and experience. I have included a posture-by-posture list of my personal approach to the practice for back pain-sufferers. I offer the information to help you on your way. People write me daily asking if Bikram Yoga will work for them. I am not a doctor. It worked for me. It has worked for hundreds of my students. The principles work.

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