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What you should know about Hot Yoga – Part 1

Conversations with Elizabeth Venrick, Instructor

One of the most popular fitness trends today, Hot Yoga is a vigorous form of yoga performed in a studio with higher than average temperatures – up to 105° – with added humidity, depending on which class format is chosen.

Now you can add Hot Yoga to your fitness routine, but first, there are a few things you should consider when deciding if this popular fitness program is right for you. Elizabeth Venrick is GreatLIFE’s expert, and she’s got the answers you’re looking for. Watch our blog for a series of posts in which she answers common questions about Hot Yoga. This is part 1.

What are the benefits of Hot Yoga?

  1. Increased flexibility – When your body is warm, you can safely reach new levels of flexibility in beginner’s postures.
  2. Increased strength – Hot Yoga is low impact, but as you hold specific poses you strengthen your muscles, both those that you use and those that you didn’t know you had.
  3. Breath control – Adequate oxygen supplies revitalize the body and mind and strengthen vitality. During Hot Yoga classes you will learn how to control the breath and supply oxygen to your various organs – essential to proper and efficient functioning.
  4. Cardio health – Doing yoga postures in a heated room can have the same effect as running, improving your cardio and burning calories.
  5. Body detox – Yoga postures themselves detoxify your muscles, organs and glands, as does sweating.
  6. Improved focus – Concentration is essential to yoga practice. As you work on holding poses, balance and breathing in class, the effects of sustained focus ripple outside the class into everyday experience.
  7. Healing – Yoga is therapy. With regular practice, low impact hot yoga and its postures can help to heal old injuries as well as strengthen the body. Hot Yoga has been found to boost immunity and reduce symptoms of some conditions including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity.

These are just a few of the benefits that come from yoga practice, and we haven’t even started the discussion about mental health benefits like stress-relief and increased peace of mind.

Watch for part 2, coming soon.