Hot Yoga has become increasingly popular around the world, it is relatively new in comparison to traditional Yoga. Exercising in a hot environment might not seem like the most appealing but as the familiar saying goes “Don’t knock it until you have tried it” and you should know that there are many physical and mental benefits to taking part in Hot Yoga and it is an activity that can be joined by both men and women alike, all receiving the same benefits. If you suffer in any way with aches, pains, stress or depression then Hot Yoga is definitely something for you. Before you make your decision though why not have a look at what is involved with Hot Yoga and how it can be of benefit to you.
What Is Involved In Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga is a vigorous form of yoga performed in a very warm and humid environment. There are many different types of hot yoga classes and the room is heated to approximately 105 F (40 C) and has a humidity of 40 percent. A Hot Yoga class will usually last for around 90 minutes and it consists of a series of different standing and stretching postures. The postures require lengthy, forceful and sustained contractions of all major muscle groups. The demanding nature of the poses and the heat are designed to raise your heart rate and exercise your muscles. Hot Yoga has its effects on body fat and heart health. Remember that Hot yoga is not for everyone so you need to do your research and check any illnesses with your doctor before taking part.
What Are The Benefits To Taking Part In Hot Yoga
Hot Yoga is proven to improve flexibility, this is due to being in a Hot Yoga environment can make yoga poses easier and more effective. Carrying out Yoga in a high intensity heated environment means that the heat allows you to stretch a little further and achieve a greater range of motion. Being in a hotter environment means that your muscles will relax and loosen much faster too. The heat of the Hot Yoga also works well when burning calories, imagine being able to burn more calories just by changing the heat conditions in the room that you are exercising in. Hot Yoga is also proven to reduce stress in a more natural way. Your body will feel at ease when you allow it to relax during the postures and stretches which in turn will help with stress levels. It is also known that Hot Yoga can help with easing depression. Yoga is well known as a technique to help you relax and improve your mood; it may also be a helpful therapy for reducing the symptoms of depression. All of these benefits are brought about by being in that 105 Fahrenheit room, so it just shows how important that heat can be during exercise and also how much Hot Yoga can add to joining in with traditional Yoga.