Benefits Of Hot Yoga: Ignite Your Yoga Practice, And Experience The Difference


Hot Yoga is literally what it means, you are doing yoga in a hot room, where the temperature is increased beyond the normal room temperature.

The temperature is usually set by the yoga teacher and it is usually between 27 and 38 degree Celsius. These sweaty yoga sessions include a variety of poses and the timing varies according to the studios.

Incredible Advantages Of Hot Yoga

These heated yoga sessions will reap the benefits if done correctly and safely. Hot Yoga is known for enhancing flexibility.

Incredible Advantages Of Hot Yoga

It is an obvious fact that stretching your muscles after you warm up your muscles is much safer than stretching cold muscles.

So in a hot environment, the heat will play its role in stretching a little further making your poses easier and even more effective.

  • Burns More Calories

This burns more calories because of obvious reasons: Therefore Hot yoga can burn even more calories than traditional yoga due to its heat factor. 

  • Improve Bone Density

It also aids with bone mass. Whilst various yoga poses you support your body weight which can result in building bone density.

There are studies that prove that hot yoga reduces the effects of osteoporosis for ladies by improving circulation, respiration, and perspiration.

  • Reduce Stress

Hot Yoga helps manage stress. The breathing techniques, different postures, and the heat of the room will have a therapeutic effect on both your body and mind.

There are studies conducted which produced the results of hot yoga improving the participant’s health-related aspects as well as their self-efficacy, and more confidence.

  • Maintain Heart Health

Working out in a hot room is a better-said-than-done kind of task. It makes your heart, lungs, and muscles work a lot harder, getting these organs to work beyond their comfort zone.

Hence these yoga sessions will give your respiration, heart rate, and metabolism a well-earned boost.

  • Improve Skin Health

Of course, if you are engaging in physical activity in a heated room, you are sure to sweat a lot, and what better way to help improve the health of your skin? An increased sweat release will aid in improved blood circulation and augment oxygen-rich blood to your skin cells.

It is proven to reverse the signs of aging at cellular levels. Your skin from the positive impacts, might be able to increase the production of collagen, and better hydration, in addition to lessening sagging.

  • Enhanced Breathing

Yoga gives a lot of importance to breathing techniques. And these repeatedly practiced breathing techniques help your lungs to retain more air.

Taking deep breaths regularly will allow more oxygen into your bloodstream, keeping your lungs healthy and augmenting your lung capacity, which has a tendency to decrease with age.

Hot Yoga: Things To Keep In Mind Before Starting

Now before you step in for a relaxing hot yoga ensure your safety by keeping a few of these things in mind. Do stay hydrated. Remember to drink water before, during, and after your sessions.

And do not forget to discuss this regime with your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions like heart disease, diabetes, anorexia nervosa, fainting, or even if you are pregnant. Also, discuss it with your yoga instructor.

If you have low blood sugar or low blood pressure you might be susceptible to dizziness or lightheadedness with these sessions, so do not forget to approach your doctor and make sure it is safe for you to follow such routines.

Listen to your body and take breaks accordingly and make sure you are comfortable. In case you feel dizzy, nauseous, or lightheaded, stop right away and leave the room and relax in a cooler environment.

If you are interested in hot yoga and you are still a beginner to yoga sessions, then you can try regular yoga first. And do not forget to ask your instructor if they have classes suited for beginners for trying out hot yoga.

Go and give it a shot, Perhaps you might like this intense session more than you thought.

You can try these tips to improve your experience. Choose lightweight and breathable fabrics that can absorb sweat. Do not forget to keep a towel handy.

As these sessions might get a little bit too hot and sweaty, your hands might get slippery so bring a towel to place over your yoga mat. And do not forget your water bottle, as it is a must to stay hydrated.

Dr. Germana Barata is a research associate of the ScholCommLab and a dedicated science communication researcher at the Laboratory of Advanced Studies in Journalism (Labjor) and the Centre for the Development of Creativity (Nudecri) at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil. With a Master’s and PhD in History of Science from São Paulo University, Dr. Barata is a respected scholar who has been awarded a productivity research fellowship in science communication at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in Brazil.

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