Hot yoga is exactly what it sounds like - practicing in a heated environment. Hot studios are generally maintained at about 37 to 42 degrees Celsius and aproximately 30 percent humidity, emulating the climate in India on a hot summer day.
Hot yoga classes are typically 60 or 90 minutes of yoga postures in combination with specific breathing exercises. It uses the natural 'heat' the body generates from going through the postures and builds on the body core temperature even more by performing the movements in a heated and humid room.
Benefits of the practice are numerous and proponents say it may be the single best form of exercise for weight loss, toning, strengthening, flexibility and obtaining a sense of emotional well being.
It stretches and strengthens every single muscle, ligament and joint in the body.
Hot yoga allows the practitioner to safely go deeper into each pose whilst under the watchful eye of a trained instructor, without increasing risk of injury.
Your body becomes more flexible in the heat and since the poses are relatively difficult, the heat allows you to sink into the poses more deeply.
The sweating allows built up toxins to drain out of the body. Pollution from automobile traffic, heavy metals, processed foods and other toxins, are flushed out through the body's natural cleansing system.
Promotion of weight loss. Practitioners exert a good deal of effort in class and consequently sweat profusely. This serves to facilitate the burning of calories and expedites weight loss.
When you practice Hot Yoga
At first, you may feel slightly disoriented or like you need a good nap. This feeling may persist for a few classes. This is because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of the yoga practice. It is a normal detox symptom.After a period of time, dependant on your level of toxicity, you should begin to feel energized and rejuvenated upon finishing your practice.
The more you can relax after an honest effort, the more energized you will feel, both in the session and throughout the rest of your day
If you begin to feel nauseous or disoriented during class, take a break by moving into child's pose or lie on your mat. If you feel really uncomfortable, leave the room and take a drink. You are most likely dehydrated. Know your body limitations.
It is recommended that you increase your daily water consumption by an additional 1.5 to 2.5 liters. Once you are drinking enough, your body will tolerate the heat better. You will actually enjoy it