Benefits of Hot Yoga

Puja Lalwani Apr 19, 2019
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Hot yoga has taken the world of health and fitness by storm, and is gaining mass appeal. Here's some information about the various benefits of this yoga technique.
As the name suggests, hot yoga involves performing different yoga poses and exercises in a room heated up to 105 °F.
Popularized by Bikram Choudhury and also known as Bikram Yoga, this yoga type ensures that the body produces maximum heat, and sweats profusely, while performing these exercises.
It may seem weird and you may be skeptical about this type of yoga, but you must know that it offers several benefits. Moreover, it is a type of yoga that is open to those who have never performed it before, or are at an advanced level in this form of exercise.

Benefits

It has been observed that hot yoga simply provides the actual benefits of yoga, but at a quicker pace. It is this quality that has made this type of yoga so popular among the masses.
The benefits of Hot Yoga are:
  • It goes without saying that hot yoga enables weight loss. The strenuous exercise in a heated room is obviously going to help you burn calories at a quicker rate, by increasing your metabolism. An increased metabolism means you are burning more calories than you consume, even when you are inactive, thereby losing weight quickly.
  • Not only does your body lose excess weight, it also becomes toned by performing hot yoga that involves stretching your body to its limits. These stretches make the body more flexible and less prone to injury.
  • Performing hot yoga causes the capillaries to dilate, and this enables oxygen to be delivered throughout your body and release toxins.
  • Exercising in a heated environment increases the body temperature, that increases its ability to fight infections and diseases. In fact, the detoxification of the body strengthens the immune system and protects the body from the onset of various diseases.
  • Performing hot yoga makes the body energized, and ready to tackle the stressful day with composure.
  • There are several benefits of this variation of yoga for skin. While the profuse sweating gives the skin a radiant glow, regular detoxification process leads to flawless, blemish-free skin.
  • Working out in a heated environment increases concentration and focus. To be able to hang in there, while drenched in sweat, and still want to do it is the result of increased will power. All these benefits result in improvement of the functioning of the brain.
  • The overall sense of calm and well-being that is experienced after a workout is amazing.
It is also believed that hot yoga benefits not only the body, but also the mind and the spirit. It is believed that while performing even the basics of yoga in this manner, you are attuned with your inner self, which makes you more spiritually and emotionally aware. This makes you release all the stress and allows you to calm down.
The only way to experience the benefits is to perform hot yoga yourself. However, before you do so, ensure that you are in proper health to exercise in a heated environment. Speak to a qualified yoga instructor and doctor, before you decide to enroll yourself in a class. Make the most of this form of physical exercise to connect with your body and mind.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is solely for educating the reader and should not be used as a replacement for expert advice.