What is hot yoga? What are the benefits? Is hot yoga good for you? Can hot yoga be beneficial for weight loss? These are some common questions about hot yoga.
These days, hot yoga has become more and more popular exercise. It is an aggressive form of yoga practised in a very warm and humid studio. It is a modernized Bikram Yoga. According to Bikram Choudhury, the heated environment of Bikram Yoga helps to prepare the body for movement and to “remove impurities”. Before performing hot yoga, the room is heated to approximately 105 F (40 C) and has a humidity of 40 percent. Hot yoga is a 90-minute program that contains of a series of different poses than normal yoga practice.
What are the benefits of hot yoga?
Despite the hot temperature which can lead the practice of yoga more challenging , hot yoga is able to provide relaxation of the mind and enhance physical fitness.
Hot yoga, if done correctly can provide some benefits for our health. Below are some benefits of hot yoga.
- 1- Improve lympathic system, which helps to rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. In other words, it helps to cleanse toxins from the body due to profuse sweating.
- 2. Advance lung capacity
Like other types of yoga that focus on breathing exercises, hot yoga increase lung capacity through breathing pranayamas.
- 3. Improve circulation
- 4. Improve cardiovascular system.
The poses of hot yoga are great for cardiovascular system.
- 5. Boost immune system
Exercising in a hot environment helps to improve your immune system and elevates the body’s regenerative capacity.
- 6. More flexible muscles
After a few sessions of hot yoga, you will realize that you are able to bend further and stretch better. This causes the muscles to get used to being “used.”
- 7. Lose weight
Yes! You can lose weight with hot yoga. Because you are going to sweat a lot, hot yoga supports weight loss even more than regular yoga.
Is hot yoga for everyone?
It is true that hot yoga may give benefits to all aspects of physical fitness including muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and weight loss. But, there are some people who may not fit with this type of yoga. People with below conditions should avoid hot yoga as it may give more harm than good:
1- Beginners who are just starting out yoga exercise.
2- People who are not used to heat.
3- Pregnant women.
4- People who have high blood pressure.
5- People who have heart problems.
6- People with osteoporosis disease.
7- People who suffer slip disc condition.
The danger of hot yoga
Some hot yoga poses can cause overstretch, and suffer from dehydration. In serious cases, it can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To perform hot yoga safely, make sure to drink plenty of water, ease yourself into classes, and leave the room for a while if the heat becomes too extreme.
Hot Yoga Poses
Watch this video to learn hot yoga poses
Can people die from hot yoga?
There have been a few shocking incidents reported during and after hot-yoga classes, one of them is the 2016 case of a 35-year-old woman who experienced sudden cardiac arrest while performing the session. In 2018, JFK’s nephew was reported to have died from hot yoga. Reference: https://nypost.com/2018/09/07/jfks-nephew-may-have-died-from-hot-yoga/
It is already well known that hot yoga can provide so many benefits to our health including weight loss. If you want to improve your flexibility and do not have the above issues, then hot yoga might be good for you. Our advice is to take it slowly and make sure to drink lots of water, and most importantly, ask for your doctor’s advice.