Hot Yoga gives you a great cardiovascular workout. Practicing yoga in a heated room increases your pulse rate and metabolism, allowing your blood vessels to become more flexible and making your body burn lots of calories. This in turn makes circulation easier and increases blood flow to the limbs.
Hot yoga is an amazing way of detoxification, since heavy sweating heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin. Like other styles of yoga, it will build muscle tone but will also improve the lymphatic system and flush out toxins. It’s amazing for developing equanimity in the face of adversity and obstacles.
Working in heat helps also the body relax, improves breathing (which helps conditions like asthma) and focuses the mind, which develops better mental concentration.
The heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures, so you know you’re really warming up the muscles and you can really approach the postures from a safe place.
The key to enjoying hot yoga is to go in prepared:
- It’s important to be well-hydrated before taking a hot yoga class
- Do not eat too much before a class
- Replenish lost minerals and electrolytes with a fortified drink afterward, such as Gatorade, or coconut water.