Hot yoga (sometimes Bikram) is something we haven’t discussed at Finesse Yoga before – despite its popularity.
We did our research and want to share 5 facts with you to help you learn about hot yoga and what it can do for you!
1. Glowing skin
With increasing heat and sweating, hot yoga will expand your pores and rid your skin of impurities. The humidity helps moisturize your skin, maintaining hydration that isn’t usually achievable through other variations of yoga.
2. Easy Yoga
Hot yoga literally warms up your muscles and joints – making it more comfortable to stretch into poses that may have been a struggle at a normal temperature. There are considerably fewer injuries in hot yoga because of this. At the correct temperature, hot yoga will benefit many of your muscles and bones and promotes elasticity in your skin!
Hot yoga is often practised at temperatures between 92F(33C) and 104F (41C)! This heat can cause dehydration and you’ll need to drink plenty of water, seriously, loads. Drink at least a half pint before the practice and keep a big bottle with you during it. You’ll thank me later! …also drink some more afterwards.
4. Health Concerns
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) published a study raising concerns about hot yoga. They stress the point that you have to be wary of your heart rate during the practice. 104F could be potentially dangerous and they recommend practising at lower temperatures to avoid injury.
5. Diet Monitoring
‘I believe the ayurvedic diet system is the best, as there are three main body types and diets, and what is good for one person, is not good for another,’ says Michele Pernetta. ‘Have a proper meal with protein. Eating less sugar and carbohydrate and more vegetables and good fats such as coconut oil, ghee, cold pressed olive oil, organic food and protein‘.
You can grab our yoga towel over at Amazon UK, perfect for all types of yoga – especially hot yoga!
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