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15 February 2017

Benefits of Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga is a popular form of Yoga, taking place in rooms heated from 26°C-40.5°C. Many attend classes in the hope of a unique yoga experience. But is it good for your health?

The intense sweating that occurs is said to flush the skin of toxins in the process of detoxification. It’s highly advised that, due to the sweating, participants drink enough water to stay hydrated by replacing fluids lost. People doing hot yoga should take a break, cool down and get themselves hydrated as proper hydration is the key, according to researchers from Washington University in St. Louis of United States, as reported by The Mirror.

The high room temperature is also said to make you work harder, according to Isabel Lambert, director of Tula Yoga Spa in Toronto, due to how your heart-rate increases; “It’s really for people who want a more intense workout and those who want to develop strength, flexibility and tone along with a cardiovascular workout.”

The warmth of surroundings, as expected, increases flexibility as the muscles are warm and loose. Greater flexibility reduces the risk of injury when exercising, as if your muscles are stiff, your range of motion is lower and injury may occur due to pushing that range.

Bikram Yoga is a specific type of hot yoga, founded in Bikram’s Yoga College of India, and now has many studios globally. Developed by founder Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga consists of 26 postures in sequences, which ‘systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function’ - from the Bikram Yoga website.

As noted on the Bikram Yoga Bristol website, increased flexibility induced by hot yoga can also reduce lower back pain, improve posture, improve circulation and ultimately increase strength and endurance.

However despite its benefits, performing hot yoga is likely to cause dizziness, nausea and light-headedness, due to the intensity of the heat and exercises included. It’s advised that if you have low blood pressure or any similar health conditions, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice before trying it out, to prevent heatstroke and dehydration.

Generally however, with the precaution of staying hydrated, hot yoga is beneficial for your health. Instructors are highly-trained and the popularity of the practise is rising. 

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.