Hot yoga has definitely become a growing trend over the years, offering a more intense, physical practice than regular yoga. Depending on the style and studio, rooms are usually heated to somewhere between 86-104 degree Fahrenheit or 30-40 degrees Celsius. The warmth of the room is supposed to elevate your heart rate and allow your body to move deeper into each posture. This in turn makes the body work harder.
Myths of potential health risks from practicing hot yoga have circulated over the years. If you’ve never tried hot yoga before because you are concerned it may be too tough on your heart or too hot for your own good, new research from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) indicates this myth is false. Researchers conducted a study on 20 healthy adult and men who took a basic 60-minute yoga class in 70 degrees Fahrenheit and within 24 hours, the participants took a 60-minute hot yoga class in 92 degrees Fahrenheit. The ACE found that increases in core temperature and heart rate were similar for regular yoga and hot yoga–suggesting common risks associated with hot yoga, including fatal increase in core temperature, are unjustified. In addition, ACE’s chief science officer reported practicing yoga in the heat helps to loosen muscles and extend range of motion. It is important to note that the research conducted by ACE does not apply to Bikram hot yoga classes–where temperatures can reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
In summary, don’t be afraid to try hot yoga. Do your research on the studios in your area and exactly what type of classes they offer. Consistency and effort in hot yoga will get you results. Whether you are looking to achieve specific fitness goals or relieve stress and anxiety, you can work towards perfecting your hot yoga practice. First time? Download this free ebook from MyQuest to help get you started:
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