What is Hot Yoga?
Hot Yoga is a series of yoga poses performed in a heated room. Doing yoga in a heated environment increases your pulse rate and metabolism and allows your blood vessels to become more flexible. That makes circulation easier and increases blood flow to the limbs. Cold muscles can become injured more easily than warmed-up ones, so the heat of a Hot yoga class allows your body to move more freely. Although you will get hot, the act of sweating helps control your internal body temperature.
Here’s what you’ll get when you sign up for a class in the heat:
1. Flexibility: No, you won’t be forced into contortionist positions. The heat will allow you to safely reach new levels of personal flexibility in beginner’s postures, which is therapeutic for your body. Plus, let’s be honest, being flexible is great.
2. Strength: Your own body is your gym. This yoga is low impact and uses muscles you didn’t know you had!!! Also, a prime focus is on spine strength, which is key to a long healthy life!
3. Breath: The definition of Hatha Yoga asana is: stillness in a posture while breathing normally. With the added element of the heat, you won’t make it far if you don’t breathe deeply! If there is no breathing, there is no yoga. It won’t take long before you learn to breathe in a full and controlled manner.
4. Cardio: Your heart can work the same way doing yoga postures in a heated room as it does when running a mile, and you never even leave your mat. Particularly in postures when you are balancing and contracting your muscles at the same time. A 60 minute class can burn up to 800 calories. The way you stretch and compress your internal organs and glands also stimulates metabolism so you are burning calories quicker outside the room as well.
5. 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.
6. Focus: As you advance, you gain tremendous focus and determination. The ability to focus carries over to your daily life. When you can focus on the task at hand, you’ll excel and you can enjoy it more.
7. 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. This is especially true for, but not limited to, back pain. Don’t skip the postures that are slightly uncomfortable. Hot Yoga is also known to reduce symptoms of conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity.