Let’s turn up the heat.
Hot yoga has been on our fitness radar for years, and many people swear by this form of exercise. Sweating it out in a heated room makes the body work harder and elevates the heart rate. When practiced correctly, hot yoga has a long list of wellness and health benefits.
If you’re intrigued by the concept of hot yoga but are hesitant to give it a try, here are some reasons why you should change your mind.
The heat in a hot yoga class has a similar effect to being in a sauna or taking a bath. It relaxes and rejuvenates muscles, making your body more flexible. You may find that poses you couldn’t perform in a regular yoga class are suddenly doable. You will be able to stretch much further and push your body harder. But it’s important not to overdo it as this could lead to injuries. Enjoy the ease of the stretch while being aware of your limits.
Better Blood Circulation
The high temperature in a hot yoga class promotes more efficient blood flow throughout the body. This comes with tremendous benefits during and after the session. Your body will be able to regulate its temperature better as blood is sent to your extremities. Freshly oxygenated blood circulates within your system, improving heart function and nourishing your detoxifying organs, like the kidneys and liver.
Muscle Toning and Weight Loss
The most obvious benefit of hot yoga is weight loss. But many people don’t realize that this style of yoga involves strengthening moves that can simultaneously build muscle. The focus of hot yoga is on developing strength in the core, legs, and triceps. Contrary to popular belief, it involves much more than just stretching and will help you attain a lean, toned physique.
Practicing an intense yoga session in a hot room boosts your metabolism and increases your pulse rate. In addition to making your blood vessels more flexible, this encourages your body to sweat and burn more calories than you would through a regular yoga class.
Despite the many benefits of hot yoga, this style of yoga isn’t for everyone. Many seasoned practitioners of yoga never take a hot yoga class, and it’s not suitable for pregnant women or those with high blood pressure. If you’re interested in finding out more, studios like Joya Yoga in the Bay Area, and TruFusion (locations all over the U.S.) offer hot yoga classes for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
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