Hot Yoga

I never thought that yoga would be a part of my daily routine, but I find myself on the mat day after day for longer each time. At first my main motivation was just clearing my mind and getting some needed “me” time, which was the right reason I think.

Then over time while my mind was relaxing my body was also changing quite a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t lose much weight and it didn’t happen over night, but after many consecutive days I was becoming stronger, more flexible and the poses were starting to feel less awkward.

And it doesn’t take long once you’ve begun loving practicing yoga, that you look for ways to expand your practice, and Hot yoga is a great way to do that!

What is Hot Yoga?

I’ve explained this briefly and other types of Yoga before in a previous blog: https://kiknbacassets.com/yoga/

But to be more precise hot yoga is a rather vigorous form of yoga, which is practiced in, you guessed it, a hot and usually humid room/studio for 90 minutes. The climate goal is usually around 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity.

The type of yoga usually practiced in this heated climate is called Bikram yoga. This yoga type consists of a series of 26 different standing and stretching positions that usually require the contraction of all muscle groups. The main purpose of hot yoga is to raise your heart rate and exercise your muscles— this is not a stretch and relax type of class!

Hot yoga is not for everyone given its more intense nature so check with your doctor before diving in. But for those both healthy and crazy enough to try, you’ll benefit greatly from this type of practice!

Hot Benefits

One of the biggest benefits that comes from just the environment alone is that you will sweat like crazy! Which means not only are you getting a good workout and burning calories but you’re also detoxifying your body, the sweat helping to pull toxins out.

Beyond sweating the heat can also help with flexibility, the warmer the muscles are the more flexible they become. And being mindful of your flexibility moving into Bikram yoga is important to complete the series and avoid any injuries. It is also low impact, like most yoga, and allows you to get in a good workout without putting any unnecessary stress on your joints.

It is also a good mix of both strength training and cardio!

Even though hot yoga is usually all bodyweight training, due to the types of postures and prolonged period of time holding each one, it is a great full body workout that can leave all major muscle groups fatigued. 

Plus your cardio vascular system will thank you!

Without a doubt your heart and lungs will be pumping during any hot yoga session, and this can help to make them both stronger and more efficient.  Having a strong heart and lungs means more oxygen gets to your muscles, so you can do more!

And if weight loss and fat loss are your main motivators than hot yoga is probably your best yoga option. In a single 90 minute class you can burn up to 1000 calories. Not to mention it can increase your metabolic rate so that more calories are burned off versus turning into body fat.

Bottom Line

Practicing any type of yoga for any reason is already a step in a healthier direction, for both your body and mind!

I’m an at home yoga practitioner and have never been to an in-person-class (Youtube is my teacher, so many FREE options!) but considering how hot and humid the room needs to be you will probably have to seek a class for the true and full experience that is hot yoga and all it’s benefits.

Which is also a great opportunity to meet other local yogi’s and make new connections!

But if I’m being honest with the weather getting both hotter and more humid, it’s more likely that you’ll find me doing some Bikram yoga, or any other type of yoga, in my backyard. And I know I won’t get all the amazing benefits that I would from the proper studio, but yoga is all about what feels good for you, wherever that is!


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Water Infusion

Water… well, we can’t live without it! And somehow even though water also makes up 60 +% of our bodies we are still responsible for consuming it in large amounts daily!

No, you don’t have to drink the recommended amount of water to survive but you would be surprised what amazing benefits are possible when your body is actually hydrated properly.

H2O Benefits

First things first, how much water should YOU drink daily?

Don’t worry, I Googled it for you, and a general guideline is to try to drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh. For example; A 150 lbs person should drink anywhere from 75 to 150 ounces of water a day to remain appropriately hydrated  (Keep in mind this is only a guideline and depending on your physical activity and diet the numbers may vary).

It’s said that water helps to maximize physical performance, energy and even brain function. Water can also help to prevent and treat headaches and constipation. And don’t forget it’s your best friend after a night of drinking!

But water is even great for those of us who want to shed a few pounds! When your body’s water content is adequate, water can help you feel fuller longer and even help to boost your metabolic rate. And lastly, water alone can help to detox the body naturally!

But should you be infusing your water so it can do more…?

Infused Water Benefits

So right off the bat if you think water is boring, infusing it with fruits etc. is a great way to change up the flavor and still get all the benefits from the water itself.

But it’s said that only roughly 20% of the nutrients in the soaking ingredients will actually make its way into the water and ultimately your body. Meaning that while you’ll get a little nutritional boost, it probably isn’t enough to make a noticeable difference.

Many suggest, especially if you like to infuse citrus, to just squeeze the juice into the water instead, more flavor and nutrients! Or even try mixing fruit powders directly into your water if nutrients are your main priority.

Bottom Line

As far as infused water vs. regular H2O, I think it’s an experience and flavor preference more than anything else. The main objective for most is just getting multiple liters of water down daily. But if infusing your water helps you to do that then it’s worth it, but it’s certainly not necessary!



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The History of S’mores!

I think I speak for most of us when I say that campfires and s’mores go hand in hand!

But have you ever wondered who came up with this perfect campfire treat?

Well, when I started doing research it was clear that not everyone agreed on the exact origin but there is a general time line…

So even though roasting marshmallows and even cracker sandwiches has been around for many years prior to this point, in 1927 s’mores were born!

From what I can tell, the Girl Scouts have been widely accredited for the conception of s’mores. There are even copies of scout handbooks with the first s’mores recipe in it. And since the original recipe hasn’t changed much since then I think its safe to say they are here to stay.

Now that it is 2019 you don’t have to only enjoy s’mores around the fire, you can take them to go too!

Below are two recipes that show you how to take your s’mores with you in a latte or smoothie form!

(And if you don’t want to start up a fire every time you want a s’mores latte you can always broil your marshmallows in the oven 🙂 )

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More than S’mores!

So at this point you’ve seen our FREE Outdoor E-cookbook and how many recipes can actually be made over your already loved and enjoyed campfire.

But beyond just using the flames to makes various dogs and s’mores, it’s been said that campfires actually have health benefits.

Yes, you heard me right, sitting around a campfire may be beneficial to your health whether you’re eating or not!

Health Benefits of Campfires

Beyond providing light when dark, heat when cold, and a way to cook food and even sanitize, campfires and the act of sitting around them has been found to benefit humans in various ways.

Many find that by gathering with others around a fire the main attraction is the fire, and most find this makes conversation more easy flowing and open. Some also find they recall the past more often, once their mind wonders beyond the flames, allowing for time to reflect.

Watching the flames is also said to help calm and relax us and to be very helpful in lifting spirits due to appreciating this ancient and basic type of socializing.

I know for me personally, focusing only on the people around me and the flames helps me to appreciate them more and detach from the modern world for a bit.

Even beyond that, there have been studies done showing how campfires and the relaxed ambiance they inspire can actually help lower blood pressure too!

But unfortunately you can’t use substitute TV or computer flames to reap these benefits.

So take advantage of the nicer weather on the horizon and do something good for your body, mind, and stomach!

Here are 2 Sweet Treat Recipes from our FREE Outdoor E-cookbook!


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Campfire Foods

I don’t know about you guys but I am so happy to see the grass turning green again and to be able to walk my dog without needing four layers on.

Spring is finally here and that means outdoor cookouts and hopefully campfires (depending on moisture levels) are back in season too.

Some of my favorite memories are of family and friends getting together around a fire and just enjoying each other’s company, catching up, sharing stories etc … but a girl’s got to eat to!

Which brings me our KBA Outdoor E-Cook Book, which is full of meals and treats you can make while hangin’ out by the fire.

And NO, I don’t just mean s’mores, but you can’t go wrong with those either!

The KBA Outdoor E-cook book is full of recipes that are great for outdoor eating and festivities. From hot dogs and vegetarian options to sweet treats and snacks, there is something in this e-book for everyone.

Over 30 recipes to choose from!

But lets start with one of my favorites, a savory and delicious dinner recipe. It’s a spin on a classic PLUS it has bacon. Need I say more?

And don’t worry about turning a clothes hanger or anything else in your house into a skewer to cook your hot dog over the flame. KBA has you covered when it comes to marshmallow roasting sticks and campfire foods.

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Paige Peterson