Those who are devoted to the practice say hot yoga has all kinds of benefits. The one that’s touted most often is detoxification. Heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin. It is said that the heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures. According to several expert yogis, working in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder. Thinking about trying out a hot yoga class, maybe these 7 benefits will help you sign up.
1. Flexibility: No, you won't be forced into contortionist positions. The heat will allow you to safely reach new levels of personal flexibility in beginner’s postures, which is therapeutic for your body.
2. Strength: Your own body is your gym. This form of yoga is low impact and uses muscles you didn’t know you had. Also, a prime focus is on spine strength, which is key to a long healthy life!
3. Breath: The definition of Hatha Yoga asana is: stillness in a posture while breathing normally. With the added element of the heat, you won’t make it far if you don’t breathe deeply. If there is no breathing, there is no yoga. This is something I still continue to struggle with each class.
4. Cardio: Your heart can work the same way doing yoga postures in a heated room as it does when running a mile, and you never even leave your mat. Particularly in postures when you are balancing and contracting your muscles at the same time. A 90-minute class can burn up to 1,000 calories. The way you stretch and compress your internal organs and glands also stimulates metabolism so you are burning calories quicker outside the room as well.
5. Detox: The heated room helps you to stretch more and get your cardio, but it also helps you sweat. The postures themselves are detoxifying for your muscles, organs, and glands and sweating furthers that.
6. Focus: Most hot yoga classes consist of the same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises—and if not, there is almost always a dialed routine. The routine helps you to advance your practice through repetition. As you advance, you gain tremendous focus and determination. The ability to focus carries over to your daily life. When you can focus on the task at hand, you'll excel and you can enjoy it more.
7. Healing: The primary purpose of this yoga is therapy. With a regular practice, these postures can help to heal old injuries and also prevent them in the future. This is especially true for, but not limited to, back pain. Don't skip the postures that are slightly uncomfortable. Hot yoga is also known to reduce symptoms of conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity.
Go ahead, give it a try!