Hot yoga takes place in humid rooms between 95 and 105 degrees, and the high temperature makes it easier for your muscles to stretch as you perform different poses. Many people begin attending yoga classes to improve their overall flexibility, and you’ll find that hot yoga classes are a great way to further improve your flexibility. Flexible muscles are far less prone to injury than tight, unstretched muscles, so take up any form of yoga if you’re hoping to reduce your risk of strains or tears.
Hot yoga classes have the potential to push you to your physical limits. While you may be able to do the majority of the poses in a hot yoga class under normal conditions, the hot and humid environment makes a typical yoga routine much more difficult. You’ll find that hot yoga delivers a great cardiovascular workout, and your body’s circulation will improve after several months of hot yoga sessions.
As you might expect after reading the previous section, hot yoga is a great way to lose weight while toning your body. The cardiovascular demands of each session will burn more calories than a yoga session, and the amount of sweat your body produces during a typical session will also help you shed unwanted weight.
No matter what your exercise regimen is, it’s important to listen to your body and ensure that you stay safe during your sessions. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after hot yoga sessions, and you may even want to invest in a sports drink with sodium and electrolytes if you’re attending several classes a week. You can eat a light snack before arriving, but we discourage coming to a hot yoga session on a full stomach.