Ever wanted to try hot yoga or wondered what goes on in those sweaty rooms?
Well for a start know your infra red heaters from your fans and know what really happens to the body in a heated class
Fan heaters heat spaces by pushing hot air around the room. As a result, this creates uneven temperature levels, with sporadic waves of hot and cold air, which can be disruptive and unpleasant during your yoga session. This method of heating increases the humidity and circulates pollutants, creating a stuffy environment and leaving you feeling dried out.
By comparison, in the same way that the sun heats the Earth, infrared heaters use the method of radiation rather than convection. Instead of just warming the air around you, infrared heaters heat surrounding objects and people, creating a direct and deep penetrating heat that warms you from the inside out. This direct method of heating creates a superior hot yoga experience, because the heat is constant and feels like a natural hot and dry climate. Rather than a suffocating atmosphere, the air feels clean and leaves you feeling soothed and revitalized.
Myths about Hot Yoga debunked!
- There is a myth that hot yoga can dehydrate you, and lead to heat exhaustion or cause dizziness. This is not necessarily true and can be easily avoided by a few simple steps.
- Hydration pre-yoga is important, and this does not mean drinking a bottle of water right before your session begins! For optimum results try to drink roughly 2-3 liters of water in the 24 hours leading up to your Hot Yoga session.
- It is equally important to replace lost fluids and since you will sweat a lot during a session you must be sure to drink lots of water after your class finishes.
- Another myth about hot yoga is that sweating serves as way of detoxing by flushing out toxins and impurities from your body. This release is vague and what exactly is being cleansed is unclear.
Health Benefits of Hot Yoga:
- One of the biggest benefits of Hot Yoga is that the infrared heat directly warms muscles, improving flexibility and enabling a greater range of motion, which is ideal when practicing yoga and trying to get into difficult positions.
- With Hot Yoga the heat warms your joints and tendons as well your muscles, which helps to relive any aches and pains, such as arthritis or muscle soreness.
- The warmth from infrared heaters also helps to stimulate your blood flow and increase your blood vessel functioning, allowing for improved circulation, which in turn ameliorates the healing process of wounds, tissue trauma or minor injuries.
- In yoga Ujjayi breathing helps to strengthen our cardiovascular system, and in Hot Yoga this can be taken a step further as a rise in body temperature and the increase of blood flow serves to mimic the effects of a steady workout.
- The stimulation of blood is also beneficial for improving the texture and appearance of your skin; for example, the heat helps to increase collagen production, reduce pore size and fine lines, and improve skin elasticity.
- Finally, much like other forms of yoga, Hot Yoga is very effective for relieving stress, which is invaluable as it can noticeably improve your quality of sleep and overall well-being!