Bikram Yoga, also known as Hot Yoga, is a popular practice for yogis who are not afraid to break a sweat. The rigorous exercise involves 90 minutes of routine poses, all done in a toasty room up to 105 degrees. While there is not a lot of hard research on the method, there are several factors to consider. Read on to find out if Hot Yoga is right for you.
What are the Benefits?
Juice cleanses step aside. Heavy sweating in the studio flushes toxins from the body for a detoxifying effect. The extra heat warms up the muscles quickly so you may go deeper into positions with greater flexibility and mobility. If you’re looking for an intense exercise, Hot Yoga is right for you as it increases the heart rate to make you work even harder.
A Word of Caution
With the benefit of increased flexibility comes the risk of injury when we over-stretch and go past our body’s limits. The detoxifying effects of sweating can also be a source of concern.
To prepare for this practice, make sure to bring a water bottle and hydrate before, during, and after class to avoid becoming dehydrated from excess fluid loss. If you are prone to dehydration, are pregnant, or have high or low blood pressure, regular yoga may be the better choice. Consult a healthcare professional before trying Hot Yoga if you have any preexisting health concerns.
Hot Yoga is generally safe and effective so long as you listen to your body and remember to stay hydrated. Best of luck.