Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga is a particular Yoga style that consists many physical workouts practiced in an extremely heated room. For practicing the Hot Yoga workouts, the exercise room should be kept moist and warm and the recommended temperature is a minimum 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot Yoga postures are usually practiced in a sequence and those are designed to raise the practitioner’s heart rate and tire the muscles. Those postures require lengthy, forceful and well-controlled contractions of the muscle groups. This style of Yoga is not for the faint of heart and even many athletes believe Hot Yoga is one of the most challenging workouts. Anyone from any level can get benefited from Hot Yoga practice but should ensure that his/her health is suitable or not for adopting this type of yoga and should prepare before trying out Hot Yoga for the first time.

Here are some forms of Yoga:

woman-doing-yoga Bikram Yoga:

Established by Bikram Chowdhury, Bikram Yoga is one of the most popular Hot Yoga style that is developed from traditional Hatha Yoga techniques. This particular Yoga style is practiced in a room heated to 40 °C (104 °F) and 40% humidity.

Power Yoga:

Power Yoga was developed from Ashtanga Yoga. It uses heat to replicate environmental conditions.

TriBalance Yoga:

This Hot Yoga technique consists workouts which are practiced in slightly warmer but less humid conditions than Bikram Yoga.

Benefits of Hot Yoga:

Hot Yoga is a particular yoga technique that has many physical and psychological benefits but not suitable for everyone. Before start practicing Hot Yoga, practitioners should know about the techniques properly and should consult with an expert so that he or she can ensure that his/her body is suitable for adopting this type of workouts or not.

Heat Benefits:

Hot Yoga consists many physical workouts which are usually practiced in an extremely heated room that is similar to sitting in a sauna. Metabolism and pulse rate increased due to this heated environment. It also make the blood vessels more flexible. Clod muscles usually get more injured than the warm-up muscles can get. Hot Yoga workouts improve blood circulation as it increase the blood flow to the limbs. The heat will cause sweat that will help you to control your internal body temperature and will also make the body toxin free.


In this style of Yoga, workouts are combined with the high temperature that help increasing the heart rate and working on the heart in the same way you would running a mile. It is one of the great cardiovascular exercise that is really helpful for improving fitness.


Hot Yoga postures are practiced in a sequence that make the practitioner’s more flexible as the heat will allow them to safely reach new levels of personal flexibility.

hot-yoga Body Strength:

Hot Yoga workouts works for every parts of the body and improve the strength of the body. These workouts make the spine stronger that is key to a long healthy life. Regular practice of Hot Yoga can make our body stronger and toned.

Strength of mind & relaxation:

After some days of regular practice, we will find positive changes. The heat of the room requires the determination and that ultimate make our mind to prepare to settle into the environment that day by day make our mind more focused and stable and ready to face any kind  of difficulties easily. This type of practice will help us to stay in the moment and to get rid of any negative thought or feelings.

Weight loss:

Hot Yoga is getting popularity day by day as it is proved that this style of Yoga is very effective for losing weight within a short period of time. It can burn up to 1,000 calories if the practitioner do the workouts  for 90 minutes. It also stretches internal organs and glands that stimulates metabolism. Hot Yoga workouts can burn calories fast and help to lose weight within a short period of time.


Hot Yoga workouts cause sweat which are helpful to make our body toxin free.

Healing and Immune System:

Primary purpose of Hot Yoga is therapy. If we practice Hot Yoga workouts regularly, it will heal our old injuries and can prevent them recurring. These workouts are very effective to get rid of back pain and muscle pain. It also can reduce asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, arthritis and obesity.

Disadvantages of Hot Yoga:


Getting dehydration is more common among the Hot Yoga practitioners. Practitioners are recommended to drink roughly two liters of water attending a class. While practicing Hot Yoga, the heat might make them thirsty but they can sip on water slowly during the class but not much ass drinking a lot of water might make them feel uncomfortable. Beginners might get dehydrated so it is better to stop then then when they will feel discomfort.

Heat stroke:

Heat Stroke is another disadvantage that many yogis experience while practicing Hot Yoga workouts. The extreme heat can overwhelm the practitioner’s body and can lead to heat stroke. More common is getting heat exhaustion that creates muscle cramps and can make the practitioners feel light-headed, dizziness and also physically wiped out.


As the Hot Yoga workouts usually practiced in a heated room, the heated environment can be a breeding ground for germs which might create infection.

Joint and muscle damage:

While practicing Hot Yoga workouts, practitioners need to practice the postures in a sequence and if the practitioners stretch much more their ability, they can get injured. Extreme stretch can damage their muscles and joints and create inflammation and arthritis.


At the time of practicing the Hot Yoga workouts, if the practitioners stretch much, they might have nauseous. It is recommended not to push much while doing the workouts so that the practitioners can avoid sickness.

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