For years Yoga has been a popular form of exercise around the world. In fact, most people don’t realize yoga has existed for 5000 years. The renowned Yogic scriptures are the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, composed around 500 B.C.E (Burgin). So what is yoga? It’s a series of flows, which help to build strength and promote fitness. Yoga is loved by its community because it can be gentle or more challenging, allowing for anyone of any shape or size to build strength and flexibility. It is a great way to increase calorie burn, and build strength at your own pace.
But what is “Hot Yoga”? It’s just standard yoga, with the heat turned up. But why is that beneficial? Well, working at a heightened temperature can encourage more calorie burn than the typical practice. That is not the only benefit, however. There are many science-backed reasons to try hot yoga.
The Benefits of Hot Yoga
As mentioned above, hot yoga can help you burn more calories. Simply put, your body has to work harder in the heat! This means you can do less strenuous flows, but burn as many calories as more difficult ones done in a cooler environment.
Anyone who’s had to partake in Physical Education in High School knows it is important to warm up your muscles before starting exercise. The same is true with Yoga. Hot Yoga makes stretching safer because it keeps your muscles warm, allowing for deeper stretches and more ease in assuming the poses.
Builds Bone Density
Especially important for women who more commonly suffer from osteoporosis. Hot yoga can help those over 50s maintain their bone density and stay healthier longer. It is a great preventative measure.
Boosts Cardiovascular Health
Hot yoga leads to more calorie burn, which is due in part to the work out it gives your heart and lungs, so it’s only natural that it’s a great form of cardio. It can also improve your respiration and metabolism as well.
Sweating. It’s gross, but natural and it helps bring nutrient-rich blood to your skin cells. If there is one truth about Hot Yoga, you’re going to sweat – a LOT. The more you sweat, the more circulation happens in your largest organ – your skin.
Reduces Stress and Eases Depression
Hot Yoga isn’t just wonderful for your physical well-being, it can improve your mental well-being as well. Fitness routines of any kind can help you feel more in control of your life. They can also help you feel better about yourself. When your body feels good, you feel good.
A Final Thought on Safety
As with any exercise the most important thing is not to push your body beyond your limits. It’s important to ask your doctor about taking part in hot yoga if you are experiencing any of the below:
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- If you have low blood pressure or low blood sugar.
- If you’ve had heat intolerance issues
Remember to always stay hydrated and wear light breathable clothing. Most of all, have fun!
Burgin – History of Yoga