Hot Yoga is a holistic workout that stretches physically and mentally while relaxing you at the same time. The aim is to loosen joints so that the body can balance its muscular alignment and improve biomechanics. With Hot Yoga you will develop stronger, leaner, and longer muscles that put less stress on the joints, creating less wear and tear.
If you plan to join a Hot Yoga session, here are some things you can expect:
Your body works harder
Hot Yoga is a workout routine designed to make the body work hard as you practice in a heated room which is warm and humid. As a result, you can expect the heart to pump harder and to sweat more. Many people are scared of exercising in excessive heat because oxygen delivery can be lowered. However, the heat can make the body more relaxed enabling you to stretch further.
Sweating is one of the best ways to eliminate toxins from the body. Remember that you do not lose weight by sweating, it is just water loss. However, studies have shown that sweating is especially beneficial to the skin because it keeps the skin clean and the body cool. Also, toxins are released, helping you avoid unwanted breakouts. The poses performed in Hot Yoga also increase blood circulation to the organs such as the liver and kidneys, allowing them to detoxify.
Flexibility is improved
Stretching in a hot room is easier compared to trying to flex in a cold one. Hot yoga improves muscular extension and flexibility and is also safer as it allows practitioners to stretch more effortlessly and more deeply.
One of the best reasons to practice Hot Yoga is for an improved awareness of your body. This connection leads to better focus, which in turns allows the body and mind to relax. With constant practice, Hot Yoga's combination of breathing and poses can help clear the mind and relax the body. Many Hot Yoga practitioners say that the heat creates a 'hugging' force that surrounds them and shuts away the outside world allowing them to concentrate on what they are doing.
Hot Yoga students are encouraged to bring their own mats, towels, and at least two liters of water for use during the workout. Expect to feel the heat and to sweat it out!