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At one event that we covered, a group of beautiful girls expressed they were going to participate in Hot Yoga for a unique work out.
This writer thought, what is Hot Yoga?
Sounds scary actually. What are the benefits to participating in hot yoga?
Hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. Often associated with the style devised by Bikram Choudhury, hot yoga is now used to describe any number of yoga styles that use heat to increase an individual’s flexibility in the poses.
Before you begin hot yoga or any exercise program, please see your doctor for a complete check-up.
In colder climates, hot yoga often seeks to replicate the heat and humidity of India where yoga originated. Some forms of hot yoga include:
- Bikram Yoga, a style synthesized by Bikram Choudhury from traditional hatha yoga techniques, practiced in a room heated to 40 °C (104 °F) and 40% humidity.
- Forrest Yoga combines yoga asana with Native American spirituality to create a “yoga sweat lodge” in a heated room.
- Power Yoga is derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and uses heat to replicate environmental conditions in Mysore.
- TriBalance Yoga another form of hot yoga, performed in slightly warmer but less humid conditions than Bikram Yoga.
That’s the basics but who can take us to the next level?
Let’s shake and bake over to robinsonestopfitness.com and meet Robin.
She welcomes, “I am an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant, as well as a NASM Certified Youth Exercise Specialist, NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in Natural Health. I’m also an active member of the world’s largest association for fitness and wellness professionals, IDEA Health and Fitness Association.
I have been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years, and I have been active in sports my entire life. I have worked with a large variety of age groups, and I individualize programs to meet each person’s needs, including functional exercises, to make the activities of everyday life a little easier. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women.
Lifelong learning and educating others about natural health, physical fitness, nutrition and wellness is my passion. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. I believe that exercise should be an enjoyable activity that can evolve into a way of life rather than a chore. My services include both in-person training sessions and online fitness coaching.
That’s very impressive. Now that we have the basics about Hot Yoga, let’s allow Robin to take us to the next level.
What Are the Health Benefits of Hot Yoga?
Yoga may conjure up images of pretzel-like poses performed in a shady, relaxing spot by the sea surrounded by gorgeous flowers and lush greenery. However, some people prefer to crank up the heat. Hot yoga is exactly what the name implies: doing yoga in a room heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of yoga is also known as Bikram Yoga named for its creator, Bikram Choudhury. Apart from the heat, which causes you to sweat away pounds of water weight, does hot yoga offer more or different benefits than regular yoga?
Exercise increases your body temperature, and exercising in a hot environment increases your body temperature even more. Increased temperature can result in higher metabolism for greater calorie burn. Yoga helps to strengthen your muscles and tone your body by stretching and holding various poses. Your flexibility and range of motion can improve as you continue doing yoga regularly. Greater range of motion and increased flexibility lessens your susceptibility to injuries, such as strained muscles and sprained joints. Add heat to an already effective exercise, such as yoga, and you can improve flexibility because warm muscles perform better and are less likely to be injured than cold muscles. That’s why you should warm-up before exercise.
Sweating is your body’s natural response to heat. Your body sweats to remove heat from the body as the sweat evaporates. Toxins are also released in sweat, thereby cleansing your body of the built of toxins that naturally result from oxidation of nutrients in the cells. For those interested in detoxification options, hot yoga might be the answer.
In addition to improving your physical condition, hot yoga can also improve your overall well-being. Exercise improves your focus, your mental strength, your willpower, and your self-confidence. Your brain releases endorphins during and for a time after exercise. Endorphins are the “feel good” hormones that help to produce a feeling of calm and well-being. You will notice your self-confidence improves a little more after each successful hot yoga workout.
Before you begin hot yoga or any exercise program, see your doctor for a complete check-up. Make sure you are physically ready to take on the challenge of hot yoga. Certain medical conditions may be exacerbated by the stress exercise plus heat can place on your body. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after hot yoga. The intense sweating can result in dehydration. You may continue to sweat for a period of time after your hot yoga session. Cool down slowly and keep your body hydrated. Learn the signs of heat-related conditions, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Stop immediately if you feel light-headed, develop a headache, and feel nauseous or anxious. Seek immediate medical attention if these symptoms persist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robin Reichert is an AFPA certified nutrition consultant, AFPA certified personal trainer, Beachbody coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. She has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. Her services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching. To find out more about the Beachbody coaching business or some of Beachbody’s most popular fitness programs, such as P90X or Insanity, you can visit her blog and/or website at http://www.robinsonestopfitness.com
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