There are different kinds of yoga but hot yoga makes use of a studio heated from 90 to 117 degrees. As yoga poses are done, your body produces heat and the heat in the studio combine. So, there is heat from the inside as well as heat from the outside the body. With this increased heat, the blood vessels enlarge and your skin sweats more to cool down your body. Sweating is the body’s way to regulate or control body temperature within a specific range.
These are some of the benefits you can get from hot yoga:
Mental and psychological benefits
While doing the postures you’ll slowly feel the tension and anxiety melting away. The act of focusing on the breath technique soothes the mind and relieved worries.
There are poses in yoga which improve balance like the standing yoga pose, chair pose, and the eagle pose. It is actually quite interesting to see yoga moves in slow motion. With video production technology, you can set up a camera to record a professional yoga teacher do complex moves. It is impressive
May help in lowering cardiovascular or heart disease
The incorporation of s physical activity, breathing, and meditation has positive effects on cardiovascular health, this according to Harvard Medical School. Participants in the study ranged from young, healthy individuals to older people with some health conditions. The results from the study saw improvements in the factors which cause and affect heart disease.
The heat helps in relaxing your muscles which can help you to achieve more complicated poses as you practice yoga.
Increases your Strength
Holding those poses requires your muscles to also hold your own weight. It’s like lifting weights. Yoga is an incredible practice, and your body will be much better with it.
Endorphins are released. These are the “feel good” hormones released into your brain and react with other neurochemicals. They act like opiates and relieve stress.
Detoxifies the body
Sweating during hot yoga has the effect of releasing toxins through the skin. An added benefit to the detoxification is that the sweat glands are unclogged making your skin look better.
Prevents you from getting sick
Sweat contains antimicrobial properties which can destroy some germs and bacteria on your skin.
Curbs neck and back pain
The exercises and poses in yoga help straighten a slouch which leads to less pain. A misaligned bone in the spine does not cause the pain. The pain comes from a nerve which is compressed by the muscle surrounding the misaligned bone.
A word of caution, though, exercising in extreme heat can cause heat exhaustion.
Step out of the gym once you get these symptoms:
- muscle cramps
To relieve these symptoms of exhaustion or dehydration, drink water or a drink with nutrient replacements to replace the lost electrolytes in your body and step outside the heated room to get some air.