Over the last few years bikram yoga or hot yoga has become pretty popular, thanks to celebrities like Fearne Cotton, Demi Moore and Beyoncé, but do we really know the ins and outs of the practice?
A hot yoga class takes place in a room heated at 37 degrees and with 40 percent humidity.
The heat allows you to deepen your stretches and boost your heart rate,
bringing a stronger cardio component to your workout. Hot yoga fans say that by
doing yoga in such a warm environment they gain more flexibility, burn more
calories and ultimately release more toxins.
We’ve found 7 great things that you can get from introducing hot yoga into your life…
Flexibility – the heat allows you to safely reach new levels of flexibility in postures, which is extremely therapeutic for your body
Strength – this type of yoga uses muscles you didn’t even know you had!
Breath – Yoga is all about controlled breathing, and with the added element of the heat it is so important to remember to breathe in a full controlled manner.
Cardio – In postures where you’re balancing and contracting muscles at the same time, your heart will be working in the exact same way as when you go for a run, and the great thing is you never have to leave your mat! The way that you stretch and compress your internal organs and glands stimulates your metabolism so you burn calories quicker once you have finished the class too.
Detox – Doing yoga in 37 degrees heat and 40 per cent humidity means one thing – you are going to sweat! The postures are detoxifying for your muscles, organs and glands, so you can leave a class feeling brand new, safe in the knowledge that you’ve burnt up to 1,000 calories in a class.
Focus – Bikram yoga classes follow a sequence of 26 postures and most other yoga classes follow a routine of postures and breathing exercises. By following the same routine every time you gain focus and determination. This ability to focus carries over to your daily life, which means you’ll be able to focus on tasks so much easier
Healing – with regular practice this type of yoga can help to heal old injuries and prevent them in the future, so don’t skip out on the postures that are slightly uncomfortable. Hot yoga has also been known to reduce symptoms of conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, depression, arthritis, obesity and high blood pressure.
What are your thoughts on hot yoga? Is it something you’ve tried and tested? Let us know in the comments box below!