Types And Benefits Of Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is a series of yoga poses done in a heated room. The temperature of the room is usually maintained at 95- 125F while the humidity is maintained at 40%-60%.A vigorous yoga session in this controlled environment makes you sweat more, warms your body and makes your body more flexible. In hot yoga you get the benefits of yoga in general along with the added benefit of sweating out your toxins.

Types Of Hot Yoga

Ashtanga yoga

There are various types of hot yoga, but the principle of sweating out the toxins while maintaining yoga postures remain the same in all. Bikram yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhary. This form of hot yoga consists of 26 asanas and 2 breathing exercises.The room is heated upto 105F and the humidity is maintained at 40%. This is the most popular form of hot yoga.Bikram classes lasts 90minutes.Moksha Yoga was founded by Ted Grand. Moksha yoga starts with relaxation poses. The instructors design sequences so that the students develop strength and flexibility throughout the body. The studios focus on eco friendly materials. The classes are 90minutes long. Baptist Power Vinyasa Yoga was designed by Baron Baptiste. This is another variant of hot yoga. The room temperature is set at 90F. Baptiste encourages his students to follow their intuition. There are no fixed set of sequences. Hot Power Yoga has roots in the tradition based Ashtanga yoga. They do not follow any specific style. Hot power yoga broadly describes classes which uses various poses, breathing exercises, heated room, advanced poses etc.

Benefits Of Hot Yoga

Muscle flexibility

The Hot yoga consists of meditative process which helps you to acheive harmony of mind and body. The sweating out process helps you to flush out toxins from your body. Hot yoga helps you to lose weight. Hot yoga gives results similar to a cardiovascular workout, by increasing your pulse rate and causing energy expenditure. Hot yoga is alleged to amplify oxidation of fat cells.Hot yoga provides relief for muscle and joint pains. There is increased lubrication of the joints, & it helps to relieve soreness. Hot yoga increases muscle flexibility. Stretching warm muscles reduces the chance of injuries. Hot yoga helps in healing prior accidental injuries. Hot yoga causes a rise in the core temperature which stimulate the white blood cells to replicate, increases the production of antibodies and helps the body to fight bacteria and viruses. Hot yoga strengthens the immune system.Many athletes take up hot yoga to improve their performance. Hot yoga increases their flexibility and mobility,makes the joints less painful, helps in healing accidental injuries, improves their strength, fitness level and execution in cardio and anaerobic workouts. Hot yoga helps in relieving anxiety, stress, assists in acheiving emotional stability.Hot yoga is also beneficial to improve the various physiological functions of the body. Hot yoga benefits the lungs and heart, improves the circulation of blood and lymph, improves bowel function. It is also claimed to lower blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Hot yoga improves the functions of brain and nervous system.

Preparation And Caution


Be prepared to sweat out a lot, so dress appropriately. It is advisable not to eat atleast two hours before the classes. Since you tend to lose lots of fluids, it is essential to keep yourself hydrated. Pregnant women and those with heart problems and high blood pressure should consult with their health care professionals. There is a tendency to stretch more, stop when you feel pain. Go easy, and do your poses at your own pace.

Types And Benefits Of Hot Yoga

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