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Benefits of Hot Yoga

Posted on March 21 2017

Yoga is the ultimate exercise to strengthen your core, improve your circulation and soothe a restless mind. 

Not all yoga routines are created equal and there's one that's definitely cranking up the heat. Hot yoga takes yoga positions to the next level by increasing your body's flexibility and even jump starting your metabolism. 

Not to be confused with Bikram yoga that practices 26 specific poses in a 105 degree space, hot yoga doesn't focus on specific poses and the studio usually stays around 90-95 degrees. The warmer temperature reduces risks for pulled muscles and injury,making it an attractive option for people that might be rehabilitating an injury or just starting more aggressive or intermediate yoga positions. 

Weight Loss

Hot yoga is a favorite among people who are incorporating yoga into their weight loss journey. Yoga in a hot studio increases your pulse, putting your body into cardio mode more efficiently. Increased heart rate boosts metabolism and burns some serious calories. The temperature helps detoxify the body by flushing the lymphatic system. 

Safety Precautions

The temperature makes it important to stay hydrated through the workout and a small amount of sodium before starting a hot yoga session. A sports drink usually has enough sodium to keep you safely hydrated as you sweat through your workout. 

You should also fuel your body for a workout with fresh or dried fruit, nuts and seeds while avoiding a heavy breakfast or taking in too much dairy beforehand. 

Listen to your body and don't overexert. Carry out your positions carefully and if you start feeling overwhelmed or in need of a break, don't be too stubborn to take one. 

 

Hot yoga is a truly incredible yoga experience. 

It's a common misconception that yoga isn't welcoming to beginners but that's not the case at all. When you pace yourself, you can tackle any yoga routine. 

It's no mistake that hot yoga is sweeping the nation as one of the most popular exercises and there's plenty of studios popping up to explore. Try browsing through studios in your area that you can test drive hot yoga and see if it's a good fit for your healthy lifestyle.

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