Thermaculture Thursday

5:30 – 7:30 @Hewing Hotel 

 

Recent science delivers report after report in support of generations of the well-known health benefits discovered by the world’s many thermic bathing traditions. From Finnish Sauna to the Yucatan’s Temazcal traditions – a wide swath of sweat practices we like to call thermaculture. Join us every Thursday at Hewing Hotel for a weekly dose of thermaculture at its finest. Come meet other enthusiasts between hot/cold rounds and learn a few wellness tips from our co-host lineup of local health professionals. 

What to know…

* Sauna Meister on hand to ensure optimal sauna conditions that expose guests to the full mental, physical and social benefits of the thermic bathing experience.

* Hewing Robes (only available during office hours), outdoor Yoga mats, and towels available for check out.

* Access to Rooftop Bar and Lounge (ask upon checkin if you’d like to pre-order your meal or drinks post sauna session).

* Cold plunge – for full hot/cold conditioning 

* Must be 21 years of age or older to be on the rooftop.

* Locker room and showers available.

* Bathing suit mandatory (we aren’t in Finland).

* Flip flops recommended to enhance and prolong your outdoor, winter rooftop patio and lounge experience.

* Please rinse in the shower before using the sauna and/or pool.

Dates, details and registration 

October 17, 2019
with Sarah Zuber 

Sarah Zuber is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Minneapolis. With more than a decade of dedicated practice and 6 years of teaching, Sarah is passionate about sharing the ancient teachings of yoga to promote well-being and presence this modern life. She seeks to bring herself and her clients to an awake and embodied way of being. Trained in a traditional Hatha practice she now specializes  in trauma informed yoga, using the grounding and awareness tools from yoga to support mind-body healing and teaches for The Emily Program (eating disorder treatment) and Terra Firma, a small women-owned trauma-focused yoga business. Sarah also teaches at Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center (Mendota Heights & Lakeville), Healing Elements (St. Paul), Art Heals (a expressive arts therapy private practice), and is starting a new collaboration with Soma Studios in NE Minneapolis. She teaches public classes (yin, nidra, hatha, vinyasa), works with individual clients, and offers trainings and workshops locally with specialities on body image, the science of breath, trauma & resilience, energetics, mindfulness meditation and more.

Sarah uses sauna to practice the yogic concepts of “pratyahara”–turning the senses inward and “tapas”—burning enthusiasm—to support relaxation and release in the body and mind. To her, the sauna is a perfect sister to a mindfulness practice, giving the opportunity to notice physical sensation, thoughts and emotional responses to stimuli, and build tolerance for intensity. This tones not only the cardiovascular system, but the limbic system and nervous system which are involved in how the body responds to stress and trauma. The more we expand our own self-knowing–in the steam in this case—the more we can expand our own resilience to life’s ever-changing demands. Like yoga and meditation, sauna is an ancient practice that supports health and embodiment.

Join Sarah for a special thermaculture practice that will integrate guided meditation and mindful movement–in and out of the heat. Sarah will guide a meditation during bench sessions to support noticing sensation and deepen the experience of sauna. During cool-down cycles join her for mindful movement to stay engaged with the body and open to deeper release. Let the heat transform you from within.

October 24, 2019
with Jason Kaasovic 

Join us for Heart Forge, a thermaculture experience designed to center participants in healthy heart-mind connection. All are welcome. Heart Forge structures around research into how the heart relates to experience, how we can positively impact performance, practices that foster resiliency, and space to cultivate intentional community. As practice, Heart Forge couples the positive thermoregulatory stress of sauna with simple activities that activate neurophysiological synergy within the heart and larger body system. Participants will be invited to engage in meditative techniques that bring the body into coherence: a state of physiological and emotional alignment associated with positive health benefits. The session will be led by 612 member-owner, Jason Kaasovic, and incorporates his personal practice, insight and research into Heart Forge.
Participants will be invited to engage in meditative techniques that bring the body into coherence: a state of physiological and emotional alignment associated with positive health benefits. The session will be led by 612 Sauna Society member-owner, Jason Kaasovic, and incorporates his personal practice, insight and research into the topics.

November 7, 2019
with Minnesota Power Yoga 

Join Minnesota Power Yoga as we dive deeper into meditation, inquiry, and heat at the rooftop sauna at the Hewing Hotel. 

You will experience guided sauna sessions incorporating meditation and/or essential oils that will open you up to new possibility in your life. 
 
Learn how the practices of meditation and essential oils can be used to impact your senses, your physical body, and your life. 

In between and after the sessions, you will have the opportunity to cool off in the spa pool, try and buy essential oils, grab a drink with friends, and enjoy a spectacular view of the Minneapolis skyline.

 


Novembern 21, 2019
with Nic Zahasky 

A life long gastronome and once corporate executive chef, Nic  has cooked for many elite figures such as Madeline Albright, Micheal Pollan, Arun Gandhi, Wailin’ Jennys, the King and Queen of Norway. Nic is also a personal trainer and wellness coach who caught our attention because of his vast knowledge of thermoregulatory conditioning and sauna studies. He recently returned from a Wim Hof training in Iceland and is on his way to becoming a certified instructor. Whether it’s sauna science, diet or stress physiology, Nic is a resource for anyone looking to optimize their wellness lifestyle.   

Hewing Hotel

If Minnesotans are one thing, they are a society of hearty, outdoor-loving enthusiasts who find ways to embrace the extreme climate changes found in the north. The Hewing Hotel’s rooftop and sauna and Soaking pool was inspired by the Nordic sauna tradition with a modern twist.