Hot Yoga was first developed by Bikram Choudrey who is the founder of ‘The Yoga College’ India and became popular originally in the 1970’s. At the time it was called ‘Bikram Yoga’. ‘Hot Yoga’ is an offshoot of Bikram Yoga which utilises 26 Yoga poses. Since then many other styles of Hot Yoga have developed, each with its own unique flavor, so classes can vary quite a bit. As the name suggests the Yoga class is undertaken in extreme heat.
The Benefits Health Benefits of Practicing Hot Yoga
Hot Yoga promotes sweating and fans say this can aid weight loss. Many believe that it helps their body to detox as you may sweat out toxins. Bikram Choudrey claims it is an excellent health booster that can help prevent many diseases of the body and promote long life. As yet there is little scientific evidence to back up these claims, however, Hot Yoga is popular with millions of people worldwide.
What To Expect from practicing Hot Yoga
Classes typically last for 90 minutes and as with all Yoga classes, silence and mindfulness are practiced while you are in the studio. Teachings styles vary. We suggest you try a few different classes to find one that suits you. Visit ‘The Yoga Finder’ to find your nearest Hot Yoga class. If you want to buy yourself a Hot Yoga Mats or Towels Online Check out the Yoga Store here.
Any Risks Associated With Hot Yoga?
In short there are risks associated with Hot Yoga. Dehydration, hyperthermia, nausea, dizziness, fainting and heat stroke are all cited as risks, however although this sounds alarming, the truth is that most classes are well managed to prevent any problems occurring, and serious incidents are very rare. (Pro Tip: Don’t eat anything for 3 hours before your Hot Yoga class to prevent the risk of nausea.)
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or you are taking medication, check with your Doctor before undertaking a Hot Yoga class. These classes are not advised for pregnant women.
Few Tips To Enjoy Your Hot Yoga Class
- Stay well hydrated and be sure to bring plenty of water to your class.
- Bring your own mat – after all there is a lot of sweating!
- Check out classes in your area to find one that is suitable for you.