Hot yoga is a form of physical and breathing exercise that focuses on synchronizing your body with your mind. It makes your muscles flexible, strong, improves your cardiovascular system and much more. It has been said that after gaining expertise in the advanced stages of yoga, the benefits that can be achieved are unimaginable.
Yoga is mentioned in renowned books such as ‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ and ‘Upanishads.’ Yoga was introduced to the world gradually over time and in different forms. Among all variations, Hot Yoga is the most popular of all.
What’s So ‘Hot’ About Hot Yoga?
As many stones still lay unturned in this vast field, we are familiar with the four popular types of Hot Yoga. Now all of these types have their variations but there is something that makes them common. The variation is performed in a closed room with the temperature set 70 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit. A “tropical climate with no breeze” is a perfect example of the surrounding in which yoga has to be performed.
Different Variations Of The Hot Yoga
It needs mentioning that yoga is comprised of many variations and so does Hot Yoga. We are going to provide four variations of Hot Yoga with a brief description.
Bikram Choudhury introduced Bikram Yoga in the 1970s. People perform it at a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity of around 40%. Every class is conducted for a duration of 90 minutes. During this time the practitioner goes through a fixed series of 26 asanas and 2 breathing exercises. The session ends with Shavasana, a relaxation asana to relax the body.
Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga
Introduced by Baron Baptiste in the 1990s, Baptiste Power Yoga is said to be influenced by ‘Ashtanga’ and ‘Viniyoga.’ Practitioners perform it in an enclosed room with a fixed temperature of around 90 degrees. In each class, you have to go through a series of asanas. They will be different each time, assigned to you by the trainer. Baptiste Yoga is also known for its flexibility unlike Bikram Yoga, where students can follow their own desirable routine while practicing.
Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson in 2004 introduced Moksha, also known as Modo Yoga. These classes are based on the theories of Bikram Yoga and consist of a series of asanas performed within 90 minutes. However, you get a more relaxing start, allowing you to focus on your mind and body. Instructors may routinely change the series of asanas to maintain flexibility and strength throughout the body.
Hot Power Yoga
Hot Power Yoga classes are local classes that follow the same theory but incorporate more time for relaxation. Generally, they are based on Ashtanga asanas and they do not comprise any fixed movements. It focuses on the flow of energy and the release of body toxins through sweat.
Benefits Of Hot Yoga
The benefits are no less than any other bodily exercise. The concept of Hot Yoga is to perform it in a warm and humid setting, which allows you to sweat heavily thus effectively excreting the body toxins. The hot and humid climate allows to free your muscles and make them less prone to injuries. Yoga, being an individual practice, it is best that you choose one based on your requirement. If you are looking for a variety, Bikram Yoga is not for you. Other benefits include increased metabolism, a sharp and focused mind with a strong and flexible body.
Just A Moment!
Along with its benefits, everything has its drawbacks as well. Hot Yoga leads to a lot of sweat leading to dehydration. It is essential to keep one hydrated before and after the yoga session. Also, if you have any history of heart illness, it will be wise to avoid this. This type of yoga is also a strict no for pregnant women. In the case of others, we suggest that you perform the yoga under proper supervision, and in-case you are under any kind of treatment, medical consultation is a must.
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