More and more people are discovering the benefits of hot yoga for a healthy body – as well as a healthy mind. Hot yoga offers all the advantages of traditional yoga (such as stress reduction, improved strength, and flexibility), but – with the heat cranked up – it can also give your heart, lungs, and muscles an even greater workout.
If you’re at all familiar with the benefits of stretching, you’ll know it it’s safer to warm up first. Stretching warm muscles is safer than stretching cold muscles – so it makes sense that a hot yoga studio can make yoga poses easier and more effective. The heat makes muscles more pliable and allows you to stretch a little further and achieve a greater range of motion. Essentially, you’ll be able to increase your range of motion and stretch deeper within each pose, and increase your flexibility and mobility over time.
A Cardio Boost
Hot yoga has its own unique intensity – and the heat in a hot yoga studio will make your heart pump faster, to push more blood toward the skin in an effort to keep you feeling cool. More heart-pumping means a better cardio workout than you’d get doing the same yoga sequence in a cooler setting. In fact, studies show one session of hot yoga is enough to get your heart pumping at the same rate as a brisk walk.
Improved Muscle Tone.
Want greater muscle tone and to create a little definition? Hot yoga can help. Yoga in general is known to be great for building longer, leaner muscles, since many asana work out the core muscles usually targeted for toning. Adding heat and humidity into the mix can help you sweat and target those muscles even further.
Struggling with joint mobility or recovering from an injury? One of the great benefits of hot yoga is the fact that it’s low impact, depending on the poses you practice, while still offering an intense and satisfying workout. It’s ideal if you struggle with more aerobic or high impact forms of exercise – and by building your supporting muscles in a low impact way, you’ll be increasing joint mobility over time.
Energy – Giving and Receiving
Any kind of movement that increases your heart rate will help burn energy, and hot yoga is a great energy giver and receiver. Even though you’re not running or jumping around, a workout in a hot yoga studio will get your heart going and burn more fuel.
While the idea of doing yoga in a hot studio might not sound particularly relaxing (and trust us, it can be pleasurably intense), numerous studies have shown that hot yoga is a great means of reducing stress. It’s actually meditative, and comes with a built-in sauna-like environment. Hot yoga generally makes you focus more on your breathing than ‘cool’ yoga – and breathing more deeply is key to relaxation and stress-relief.
The heat and humidity of a hot yoga studio is similar a hot sauna room. One of the benefits of sweating in a warm environment is that it can improve circulation – bringing oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to skin cells. This can help to nourish your skin from the inside. Plus, steam helps to open your pores and cleanse your skin – ensuring a glow-up every time you leave the studio.
Reduced Back Pain
Many yoga poses have proven to prevent and reduce back pain, and poses like the Sphinx and Thread the Needle are known for targeting the spine area in order to ease tension. During a hot yoga session, the heat in the studio will assist your muscles to relax and stretch – helping alleviate pain and discomfort, as well as prevent it.
Have an injury, health concern or condition and wondering if hot yoga is still suitable for you? Your safety is our top priority! Please contact our professional and qualified team or speak to your GP.