Hot Yoga, or Bikram, as it is formally called, is a kind of Yoga that is performed in hot and humid conditions, usually 1050 F and humidity as high as 40%. So what is the idea behind it and is it beneficial to health? The heat, according to experts, allows you to go into different yoga positions without the risk of injuries because it makes both muscles and joints more flexible. Because of the excessive sweating the body is also able to detox. As you can imagine, your heart will be racing very fast as you do hot Yoga which is an excellent way to improve your cardiovascular health.
According to people who do hot Yoga, they are able to concentrate better over time. This is because they get so hot that they have to struggle to concentrate. As they tap more and more into their willpower they go deeper into their consciousness which in turn translates into a feeling of great peace. There are additional benefits to hot Yoga:
• The heat forces blood vessels to expand and they are able to deliver more oxygen into the muscles which gets rid of waste products such as carbon dioxide and other waste that has accumulated in the cells.
• When blood travels through warm muscles the oxygen that is in the hemoglobin is released more easily than when it travels through cold muscles.
• Hot Yoga enhances the breakdown of both glucose and fatty acids.
• People who do hot Yoga say that they have better coordination.
• It enhances the function of the central nervous system.
How often should you do hot Yoga?
If you want to reap the most benefits it is recommended that you do it at least 3 times a week. If you are able to do it more often you can expect to see results faster. When you get started you might feel a little fatigued but this wears out after a few weeks and you start to feel invigorated and fresh.
Is hot Yoga safe for everyone?
Not really. People who have heart conditions, heat intolerance and people who have suffered heat stroke should not do hot Yoga.
Try hot Yoga today at Kelowna Hot Yoga Studio for better health – visit http://www.kelowna-yoga.ca.
Check out this video explaining exactly what Hot Yoga is for additional information: