Hot yoga (or Bikram) has been a trendy variants of yoga over the past few years. For those of you who who haven’t tried it, we’re talking about classes which are done in high humidity and temperatures of up to 40°c.
Hot yoga has a number of benefits which should encourage you to get your sweat on:
1. Greater flexibility
Heat is a great way to loosen up your muscles allowing you to extend your muscles further than usual; we mentioned previously about stretching after a bath to increase flexibility. Hot yoga has a similar effect, helping you hit those tricky poses and achieving a great stretch.
Let’s be clear, you won’t leave the hot studio dry! The heat of hot yoga promotes extreme sweating, helping to flush toxins from the body, leading to clearer skin.
3. Mental strength
Hot yoga should be classed as an extreme sport - it’s not easy! It’s a test of endurance and willpower to push through the discomfort of being excessively hot. Over time this is a great way to build willpower and acts a great meditative exercise.
4. Heart health
Normal yoga has been known to be beneficial for the heart for years. The elevated heart-rate maintained throughout a hot yoga class is a great way to improve cardiovascular health, contributing to overall wellbeing and fitness.
The meditative qualities of hot yoga mentioned above, alongside the fantastic workout, make hot yoga a great, lasting way to promote relaxation.
Be sure to look after yourself if you’re planning to hit the hot studio using these top tips:
You’ll sweat from the moment you begin your hot yoga workout and will likely continue to for a time afterwards, so make sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after to avoid dehydration and headaches.
Your core temperature rises significantly during hot yoga: if you feel faint or any excessive fatigue, don’t be afraid to step outside and take a break - no one will judge you for listening to your body!
Check with a doctor
Hot yoga puts a lot of strain on the body - if you have any underlying conditions or health issues in the family, it’s advisable to check with your doctor before taking up hot yoga.
We mentioned above how the warmth of hot yoga promotes flexibility; be sure not to overextend and strain your muscles- take movements slowly and deliberately and use a grippy mat to avoid slipping.
Get a mat that gives you support
Try to avoid using a standard PVC mat without a towel or microfibre layer between you and the mat, otherwise you will find you have no support in the trickier poses. Our microfibre mats are perfect for hot yoga as they sweat-activated, the wetter they get grippier they get!