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What Is Hot Yoga? The 5 Benefits You Should Know About

If you're thinking about making yoga part of practising a healthy lifestyle, you will most assuredly be in good company. According to Statista, an estimated 70% of adults practice yoga. And the majority of those individuals say they do so as a means of coping with stress. Of course, this is traditional yoga as a modern take on this ancient practise that involves physical poses, concentration, and deep breathing has been gaining quite a lot of attention as of late. If you have not yet heard about it, it is called hot yoga, an amalgamation of something old and something new, say the more than 36 million people who practice it.

What You Should Know About Hot Yoga

First and foremost, hot yoga is a variation of traditional yoga performed under hot and often humid conditions, which means you're going to sweat a lot if you choose it as your workout of choice. For reference, most hot yoga instructors tend to keep their studios at a temperature of 27 to 37 degrees Celsius. Having said that, if you can brave the hot temperatures and, of course, don't mind a little sweat, you could find yourself on the receiving end of several health benefits, some of which include the following:

Flexibility - Several studies show that practising yoga in a heated room enables individuals to stretch further than they otherwise could and, in turn, increase their overall range of motion. In one study, in particular, which lasted eight weeks, researchers found that individuals who practised Bikram yoga, a type of hot yoga, experienced more flexibility in their lower back, shoulders, and hamstrings than those who practised traditional yoga.

Weight loss - Indeed, if your goal is to shed a few unwanted pounds, practising yoga in a warm or even downright hot studio can help. To substantiate this claim, we need only look at a study published by Colorado State University. The study revealed that, on average, men and women burn around 460 to 330 calories, respectively, during a typical heated yoga workout.

Stronger bones - Along with helping individuals lose weight, cope with stress, and achieve greater flexibility, heated yoga can also help improve bone density. And this is especially true for men over 50 and premenopausal women who partake in yoga practice, according to multiple studies.

Improved cardiovascular health - Another benefit of taking advantage of a sweaty yoga session is improved cardiovascular health. Whether you're practising the half-moon, balancing stick, standing head-to-knee, or another yoga pose, they each force your heart and lungs to work harder when done in a heated room. And a byproduct of that is you strengthen those organs and improve your overall cardiovascular health in the process.

Improved mood - Irrespective of the pose, a study published by the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed that individuals who practice yoga in a heated room are less likely to suffer from depression or anxiety.

Bottom Line

When practised in a warm or downright hot room, yoga can reward the body, mind, and spirit with immeasurable strength. For that reason alone, it is worth trying and perhaps even making it a permanent part of living a healthy lifestyle.