Just as the name suggests, hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. Basically, this is used to describe yoga styles that use heat to increase a person’s flexibility in the poses. The room is heated up to about 105 F. Popularized by Bikram, this type of yoga ensures that the body produces maximum heat, and sweats profusely, while performing the exercises. Some forms of hot yoga include Bikram yoga, Forrest yoga, Power yoga, TriBalance yoga and Moksha yoga. This type of yoga offers several benefits. Below is a list of some of them.
1. Weight loss
This type of yoga enables weight loss. The strenuous exercise in a heated room helps you burn calories at a much faster rate, by increasing your metabolism. Increased metabolism means you are burning more calories that you actually consume, even when you are inactive. This leads to fast weight loss.
2. Tones body
Apart from weight loss, this form of yoga also tones the body. This is by performing exercises that stretch the body beyond its limits. The stretches make the body more flexible and less prone to injury. It also makes you do some of the best butt lifting workouts you can imagine without even realizing it!
3. Increases concentration
Exercising in a heated environment increases concentration and focus. To enable you to hang in there, while drenched in sweat, and still want to continue doing it, results in increased will power. By the end of the day, all the benefits will result in improving the functioning of the brain.
4. Helps fight diseases
Whenever you exercise in a heated environment, your body temperature rises. This increases the body’s ability to fight infections and other diseases. Detoxification of the body strengthens the immune system and also protects the body from onset of various illnesses.
5. Removes toxins
Working out in a heated room causes the capillaries to dilate. This enables oxygen to be delivered throughout the body and removes toxins.
6. Gives you more energy
Performing hot yoga on a regular basis leaves the body more energized, and ready to tackle stressful days with composure.
7. Improves skin health
There are numerous benefits of this form of yoga to overall health of the skin. Profuse sweating gives the skin a radiant glow while regular detoxification process leads to a flawless, blemish-free skin.
8. Improves overall well-being
It is believed that this form of yoga benefits both the body and spirit. While performing the basics of this yoga, you are attuned with your inner self, which makes you more spiritually and emotionally aware. This releases stress and allows you to calm down.