Not Sure About Hot Yoga? You Will Be After Reading This…
What is Hot Yoga?
A common misconception many people make is by thinking that hot yoga is just Bikram yoga or in some cases just normal yoga performed in heated conditions. Both of these are incorrect, although hot yoga is similar to Bikram, it has subtle variations in the poses performed that make it a different from other yoga styles. The reason why hot yoga is so similar and often mistaken for Bikram is because it incorporates both the Bikram and Hatha styles and its lineage is from four popular styles, these are; Bikram, Barkan, Moksha and Core Power. The purpose of hot yoga is to purify and remove any blockages from the body and mind in order to free yourself from limitations.
Where can I find Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga classes can now be found all over the country and in many local areas. Due to Yoga’s increase in popularity it now makes it easier for people to locate the best classes for them. There will be various studios and instructors and their methods and classes will have subtle differences so it’s all about choosing a studio and class that suits you.
What to expect
If you are someone who is looking to try hot yoga for the first time, some things you can expect are;
- Be prepared to sweat, your body will be working hard to cool itself meaning you will sweat more and burn more calories.
- You may feel some fatigue, dizziness and nausea these are all normal on a first class. The best thing to do to avoid this would be to drink plenty of water whilst in class and after and also not to eat a large meal beforehand.
- Pace yourself, do not over exert yourself and take breaks when you feel you need to.
One of the best things to do after a class is to book another one, taking part in another class soon after will avoid excessive muscle soreness.
What is the exact room temperature?
The temperature at which a studio is set is usually at 100 degrees F/38 degrees C. The humidity of the room will be around forty percent, but this will vary from studio to studio.
How many calories do you burn?
The average amount of calories burnt in a typical ninety-minute class will be between five hundred and one thousand calories. Again this will vary depending on the individual and the amount of strenuous activity in a particular class.
Why should I do Hot Yoga?
The benefits of hot yoga are that the heat will make your muscles warmer meaning it will provide you with extra flexibility and a deeper release making sure you have less chance of an injury. Hot yoga also dilates your capillaries which when combined with the yoga positions will help oxygenate tissues, glands and organs. It will improve circulation in your body by increasing your heart rate and the volume of blood which is pumped out of the heart each time. Resulting in pushing your body’s core heat to the skins surface. Another biological benefit is that sweating flushes any toxins in the body out through the skin. So the increased in sweat will increase the amount of toxins released. Overall, hot yoga works as a preventative medicine supporting the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, lymphatic, nervous, immune and skeletal systems. Some yoga students have even reported being able to breathe more freely and coping with stressful jobs better. Hot yoga has no age limit and is available for everyone to try, the lessons will give you good alignment, stamina, concentration and determination and is a perfect form of weight loss.
Is there any special kit?
There is no special kit required for hot yoga it will still use all the same basic equipment as a normal yoga class such as mats, blocks and resistance bands. Many yoga mats are non-slip anyway so it provides the option for people to try hot yoga at home. The recommended place for this is in your own bathroom if you have the space. Steam will be more secure and provide a better humidity for the exercise. If not then any room is fine. All you need is to have some heaters that will increase to temperature in the room you are using.
For any equipment you may need at home you can search through the JLL website at links such as;
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