Simply put, Hot Yoga is Yoga practiced in a heated room.
You may wonder, we’re already going to be sweating during a normal Yoga class, then why do we still practice in a heated room?
Well, Yoga originated from India which is a country that has relatively high temperatures all year round. So in order to simulate that environment, external heating is used. Initially viewed as an injury prevention method, practitioners now embrace the heat as a tool for them to enhance their flexibility and at the same time, increase awareness of breath.
You can already see that Hot Yoga has many benefits, below reveals more.
- Reduces stress
- Increases blood circulation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves your flexibility and strength
- Increases metabolism
- Promotes relaxation
Some articles may state that Hot Yoga aids weight loss whereas we say it increases your metabolism.
Wouldn’t it be a dream if we could transform our physical outlook within a month? But a few classes of Hot Yoga won’t lead to a sudden change in weight, you have to maintain consistency!
The heat increases your pulse rate and metabolism. So when your heart rate increases, it also increases the cardiovascular activity which helps you burn calories, break down the glucose and fatty acids that tones your body and helps you to lose weight.
But beginners, do take note!
It is important to listen to your body. If it is your first time trying Hot Yoga, you may not be accustomed to the moves with the heat. And if you do not know your personal limits, it will be even harder to gauge your limits in a heated room. You could end up hurting yourself without knowing it.
Here are some tips for you to before your first Hot Yoga class:
- Stay hydrated
- Indulge in light snacking before classes, avoid heavy food
- Always listen to your body
- Check with your doctor on practicing in a heated room
Remember – Yoga is supposed to be about healing, not causing more injuries! Our bodies are different and everyone progresses at a different pace. It’s a journey, not a race.
Look out for part 2 of this series! In the meantime, find out more about the types of Hot Yoga classes that we offer.