Since trying it and chatting about it with others, many have asked me about the benefits of practicing yoga in a room heated like a sauna, around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of the many benefits individuals find in practicing hot yoga include a way to de-stress, lose weight, improve their immune system, and have a feeling of more energy. As well, working out in a heated room elevates your heart rate, making your body work harder to improves your cardiovascular abilities. It becomes a great workout for those looking for more intensity – for those who want to develop strength, flexibility, and tone while getting a great cardiovascular workout. Working in a heated room allows your body to relax, improves your focus and mental concentration allowing you to breathe better.
One of the most popular benefits of practicing hot yoga that most people are aware of is detoxification. Heavy sweating is a natural way for your body to flush toxins from the skin. Through hot yoga practice you tap the ability of your skin to convert toxins from fats to simpler and water-soluble compounds. So working out at high temperatures allows your body to remove these compounds. Hot yoga improves the healing benefits of any detox program. It becomes a powerful way to help one attain mind-body-spirit balance.
Make sure to you are aware of your own health and stay well-hydrated before you begin a hot yoga class. Drink plenty of water before and after. Remember that it is ok to take a break during a class if you feel your blood pressure dropping. Breathe and stay focused.
The key is to embrace your sweat during hot yoga! Allow your sweat to flow and be aware of how great you feel!