What is Hot Yoga?

Classical Hatha Yoga Postures performed in a purpose built Hot Yoga studio.

The room temperature of Hot Yoga classes is about 42 degrees. By keeping the room temperature this high, participants are sweating out the toxins in their body. This will be of benefit for a feeling of well being and a person's overall health. Your muscles will be warm and you will be able to stretch further due to more flexibility and much more safely than if you were in a "normal" temperature room performing Yoga.

The heat means we can get into postures more deeply and effectively - plus the benefits of the postures come quickly. Like thousands before you, you will find that practising Yoga in the warm room creates a satisfying and almost addictive feeling of achievement.

The heat has many benefits:

  • Your body burns fat more effectively; fat may be redistributed and burned as energy during the class. It is common to lose centimetres of shape in a very short time
  • The heat produces a fluid-like stretch allowing for greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body
  • Capillaries dilate in the heat; more effectively oxygenating the tissues, muscles, glands and organs and helping in the removal of waste products
  • Your peripheral circulation improves due to enhanced perfusion of your extremities
  • Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
  • You benefit from a strengthening of willpower, self control, concentration and determination in this challenging environment
  • Your cardiovascular system gets a thorough workout
  • Your muscles and connective tissue become more elastic and allow for greater flexibility with less chance of injury and improved resolution of injury
  • Sweating promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin - which is the body's largest eliminating organ
  • Just as when your body raises its temperature to fight infection, the raised temperature in the room will assist in improving T-cell function and the proper functioning of your immune system
  • Your nervous system function is greatly improved and messages are carried more efficiently to and from your brain
  • Metabolism improves in your digestive system and in the body's cells (that is food in the gut and nutrients in the cells).

Weight Loss

Hot Yoga classes can help you to lose weight. By doing Hot Yoga classes, you are using movements in your body that will help you to tone up as well as burn more calories, thus losing weight. You may even lose some weight after performing Hot Yoga classes.

Yoga also helps to speed up your metabolism due to your internal organs being stimulated. When your metabolism speeds up this will help you to lose weight. You have probably heard of people saying they have a low metabolism and they cannot lose weight. Yoga can boost one's metabolism to create weight loss.

You will learn how to breathe deeply and differently than you most likely breathe now. These different types of breathing are also thought to help you lose weight.

You will learn how to benefit from better posture due to performing Hot Yoga classes. Your stomach muscles will tighten thus helping to create better posture. When you stand tall instead of slouched over, you will create a slimmer appearance of your body as well.

Another benefit of these classes is that you will reduce your stress level. Since your stress hormones are reduced you will burn food instead of storing it as fat, as your insulin sensitivity will increase.

You do not need to be a Yoga specialist to begin Hot Yoga classes in Reading. The only recommendation in beginning Hot Yoga classes is that you consult with your doctor before starting as with any other type of exercise, come to class very well hydrated with water, wear comfortable light clothing as well as take frequent breaks. If you are not well hydrated and you get overheated you may risk the effects of heat exhaustion. You can prevent this with drinking a lot of water and taking frequent breaks as a beginner as mentioned. Another benefit to being well hydrated is that your body will release more of the toxins in your body during Hot Yoga classes.

In summary Hot Yoga classes can benefit your body by helping you to lose weight, enjoy less stress in your life, a feeling of well-being, and rid your body of toxins and many other ways.

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