There is a new trend that has not only hit the yoga community but also fitness buffs in general. This popular and intense workout is called hot yoga. Hot yoga encompasses all of the benefits of traditional yoga, such as, discipline, breathing techniques, meditation, and muscle control and takes them to the next level.
This amazingly effective form of yoga is done in 90 minute sessions in rooms that are heated to approximately 105 degrees and have a humidity level of at least 35%. Because of it’s intensity and effectiveness, there are many benefits that can be gained from this type of exercise.
Healing and Focus:
During a typical hot yoga class, you will go through approximately 30 various postures and quite a few breathing techniques. If your classes are led by the same instructor, you should begin to develop a regular routine. A solid routine is key if you want to increase your skills as well as your focus. The ability to focus on a single position will not only help you master the art of yoga but it will also help you with tasks in your personal life and at work.
Though many people have begun using hot yoga as a form of intensive exercise, it was originally designed as a therapy for the mind, body and soul. The complex postures that you mimic during a hot yoga class can seem difficult at first but they have been proven to not only help you look great but also heal injuries. Some of the ailments that may be reduced by regularly attending hot yoga classes are back pain, asthma, arthritis, obesity, anxiety, hypertension and even mild depression.
Strength and Flexibility:
Though most people assume that the high temperatures in a hot yoga class are there to simply make you sweat and loose weight, it can actually increase flexibility. The heat keeps your muscles warm and helps them not only stretch further but also recover from a workout more effectively.
It is often thought that you need to go to a gym and use weights and machinery to get a good workout and build muscle tone, but yoga allows you to use your body as a personal gym. While you may not build much mass in a yoga class, you greatly increase your strength, as well as, tighten and tone every muscle in your body.
Breathing and Cardio:
Controlling your breathing and learning how to properly breathe is the key to not only excelling at yoga but also increasing your overall endurance. This will also help you push your body further and increase your tolerance for other exercises, such as, running, jogging or swimming.
In a 90 minute hot yoga class, you can burn up to 1,000 calories. Your heart will get just as much exercise as if you were running a marathon and your cardiovascular system will become much healthier. The stretching and compressing of various body parts also helps to increase your overall metabolic rate. What this means is you will be burning more calories long after you have finished your class.
Another amazing benefit of a prolonged hot yoga class is the detoxification of impurities in your body. We are exposed to toxins all day long. From the foods that we eat to the water that we drink and even the air we breathe. One of the natural ways that your body attempts to eliminate these toxins is through perspiration. The heat in a hot yoga class will make you sweat, when you consider the intensity of the work out, you can imagine how many toxins are being purged from your body. A full body detoxification, like the one you will receive in a hot yoga class, can help reduce stress, improve sleep and lessen the chances of developing certain serious health issues.
As you can see, yoga can help you improve your body and mind in many ways. Most people sign up for hot yoga classes because it is trendy and they are looking to get in shape but, as you can plainly see, there are many more benefits to this type of exercise.