What is hot yoga and what are the benefits of hot yoga?
What is hot yoga? Hot yoga is form of yoga that performed in a heated room that is heated to (40 C) allowing you to safely work deep into your muscles, tendons, and ligaments while releasing toxins and congestion within your body.
The formal name for hot yoga is “Bikram yoga.”
Bikram yoga is a 90-minute program that consists of a series of 26 postures.
What should I wear or bring to class?
Wear fitted exercise clothes that you can sweat in because you will be sweating a lot and bring a bottle of water.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and before and after class.
What are the benefits of hot yoga or Bikram yoga?
- Detox: The heated room helps you to stretch more and get your cardio, but it also helps you sweat. The postures themselves are detoxifying for your muscles, organs, and glands and sweating furthers that.
- Healing: The primary purpose of this yoga is therapy. With a regular practice, these postures can help to heal old injuries and also prevent them in the future.
- Strength: Your own body is your gym. This yoga is low impact and uses muscles you didn’t know you had.
- Weight loss: Hot yoga is amazing for weight loss as you sweat like a fiend.
- Focus: you gain tremendous focus and determination.
- Remember this is yoga practice not yoga perfect. Allow yourself to be where you are and do not push too much or you will injure yourself. Yoga is a lifelong journey not a 6 month program.
- If you feel over-heated, do not leave the room, as the disparity in temperature may shock your system before your body has had time to gradually adjust. Instead, sit or lie on your mat until you feel comfortable to continue.
- Stay hydrated with water (not soda, coffee, etc.)