Hot Yoga can be quite different to that of traditional Yoga mainly due to the fact that it is so hot. Hot Yoga may not be suited to everyone and it is something to be seriously considered before you try it but if you do ever participate in a Hot Yoga Studio session you will be massively surprised by the benefits involved. You may say ‘Exercising in the heat is not for me’ or ‘what is the difference to traditional Yoga?’ but I can assure you that Hot Yoga in a Studio is something that needs to be experienced. Yoga is proven to work wonders on the mind and body.
Hot Yoga Studios are usually heated up to the temperature of around 90 to 105 Fahrenheit, this is very hot and you should definitely expect to be sweating profusely. Along with sweating comes dehydration, so you should bring along a water bottle as you will need to rehydrate your body after losing some of its fluids. The plus side to being in the heat is that it will cause you to burn more calories as it is causing your body to work that little bit harder.
The heat in the yoga studio also brings another benefit especially if you have come from a long slog at work and your body just doesn’t want to carry on. The heat will help to ease and loosen your muscles much faster than they would in traditional yoga. This makes it much easier to stretch and pose but be sure to do so according to your ability as the heat loosening your muscles can sometimes lead to them being overstretched. This is quite uncommon but it is something that can happen. Not only will the heat loosen your muscles but it will also help you to keep calm and relax, this in turn reduces stress and anxiety levels. The heat is proven to help physical and mental aspects of the body alike. As you will probably know Yoga is very much about bringing the mind and body together, so it makes sense that the heat brings physical and mental benefits.
Hot Yoga Studios are very good for helping along all with different levels of flexibility and fitness levels. All are encouraged to come along and there are many styles of yoga and also many postures so you would definitely find something that was suited to your abilities. Being flexible and supple is not a huge importance when starting yoga because the heat can add to your flexibility and like any other sport or exercise class the more you do and the more your body becomes comfortable then the better you will get. There is always room for improvement and what better way to improve than enjoying the heat in the studio and allowing the heat to help loosen and relax your body so that ultimately you get the best experience during your time spent in the Hot Yoga studio.