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The Benefits of Hot Yoga

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.

Improves Balance

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.

Improves Flexibility

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.

Boosts endorphins

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:

  • light-headedness
  • muscle cramps
  • Confusion
  • Nausea

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.

Why Doing Yoga in the Morning is a Must

Yoga is a Hindu word which means “union”. The mind, body, and breath are in union.  It is said that of you can breathe, you can do yoga. It is considered as one of the least strenuous exercises and that almost anybody can do it.

Practicing yoga can help you become more flexible and healthy. Along with the breathing exercises, it can help you relieve stress and improve your physical, emotional, mental, and social wellbeing. With continuous practice, it can help you strengthen your body.

It is common practice to do yoga first thing in the morning, though it can be done at any time of the day. If done in the morning, it can energize you and help set you up to be more productive and focused throughout the day. Here are the top reasons why you must do yoga in the morning:

It helps you to breathe well throughout the day

With practice, the pace of breathing done while doing yoga sets the pace of how you do your breathing throughout the day. When you breathe well you are more relaxed, blood pressure is lowered, and blood oxygen levels improve.

It sets a steady frame of mindset

Starting off with a calm mood and behavior in the morning helps you to focus and do well on your planned activities. The physical activity helps release brain chemicals that can make you feel happy, as Yoga Journal reports.

It helps keep you fit and healthy

Yoga is a form of exercise. Any exercise if done regularly strengthens muscles, keeps bones strong, improves skin elasticity, and a stronger immune system

Boosts energy levels

Even if you’re sleepy, doing the yoga poses helps deliver oxygen to all parts of your body including your brain. The increased oxygen increases your energy level and helps you do your daily chores.

You’ll feel better about yourself

Getting something done first thing in the morning gives you that feeling of accomplishment. When you know you’ve put in the effort and achieved a task early in the morning your confidence level goes up and you tend to more tasks for the rest of the day.

In a yoga class, the sequence would be:

  • Breathing exercises and meditation
  • Warm-ups
  • Stretches and yoga poses
  • Relaxation techniques

Practicing yoga in the morning creates a routine. Doing a routine makes sure that you get used to an activity and makes it a part of your lifestyle.