What is hot yoga you ask? Well, it’s yoga… only hotter. It’s when 26 yoga poses are performed in hot or humid temperatures. When I say hot, I’m referring to 96-100 degrees hot. So needless to say, you’re going to break a sweat.
When you’re body is in temperatures this warm, a few amazing things start to happen:
You Sweat More- Not only to do you sweat more, but you sweat profusely
Everyday our bodies are exposed to toxins, from the food we eat to the cleaners we use to the smoke from exhaust pipes. These toxins are indubitably bad for us, yet we can’t really escape them. Sure, we can eat organic and use organic cleaners, but none then less, exposure is inevitable. Although urine and feces are mostly responsible for ridding your body of toxins, sweating certainly plays a role in it.
The Heat Helps Flexibility-
When your muscles are warm (which they will be in a 100 degree room), they are more able to be stretched in a full range of motion; it provides greater range of movement in the supporting structures of the body. This helps prevent you from experiencing any injuries.
Boosts Your Cardiovascular System-
Yoga has always been known for its breathing exercises, for the past five thousand years or so at least. When you’re practicing hot yoga, you get an even better cardio workout. With the heat of the room, you have to really focus on each breath and concentrate on inhaling and exhaling. Hot yoga also helps your immune system because the heat in the room will enable better T-cell function and the body ability to fight infection.
Hot Yoga Rules and Tips
- Breathe through your nose as much as possible- Helps concentration.
- Don’t leave class unless absolutely necessary- Could cause nausea from temperature change.
- Bring a towel, or two- You will sweat, a lot
- Bring a lot of water- You will get dehydrated
- Don’t eat three hours before practicing- May cause nausea
- No talking- Distracts others
- No yoga props- Another distraction
Check out fitness centers in your area to see if they offer hot yoga. Although I always recommend doing exercises in your own home, I don’t suggest turning your house into a ferniest to practice hot yoga poses, that would just mess up your whole day!