Last time, we talked about the benefits of power yoga.
Today, we are going to go talk about the benefits and practice of Bikram (hot) yoga!🔥
As we all know there are many different styles of yoga and one of them is the very popular Bikram yoga, often referred to as hot yoga.
The main benefit for most people who practice yoga is mental peace, clarity, increased concentration and an overall feeling of well-being.
What Is Bikram Yoga?
Also known as hot yoga,🔥 this style of yoga was created by Bikram Choudhury.
He blended traditional Hatha yoga techniques into this practice.
This style of yoga is a series of yoga poses performed in a room heated to a constant temperature between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity of 40%.
The poses in Bikram yoga are unchanging and is designed to rejuvenate and strengthen the entire body.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
The benefits of hot yoga are amazingly effective.
Because of the intense heat, this type of yoga not only builds strength and endurance, but it also helps to cleanse your body of unwanted toxins, which are expelled through your sweat.
Since hot yoga keeps your body warm, your muscles are less at risk of injury.
This practice also increases the lubrication of your joints, tendons, and ligaments.
It also massages multiple inner organs and tones multiple muscle groups at the same time.
And who doesn’t want a toned body?🤷🏾♀️
**Please consult your physician👩🏾⚕️ before attempting any form of yoga especially Bikram yoga**
There are many other benefits associated with this awesome practice.
Let’s take a look at some of the best benefits you can get from this style of yoga.
Aids In Weight Loss
Everyone has a weight loss goal.
Many people try to achieve it through their diet (check out my other blog OrganicFye to help you with this) or by going to the gym.
Those methods may work for a time, but if you want to really see some results yoga is a great place to start.
Yoga goes beyond just stretching.
It is a full body workout.
If you are doing Bikram yoga or power yoga, you are moving through the poses in a fast pace.
This, in turn, increases your heart rate and causes your body to work harder helping you to burn off unwanted fat and calories faster.
During a hot yoga class, your muscles warm up faster and thus creates more flexibility and movement.
Even though you may be performing more difficult poses, your risk of injury is reduced because your muscles have become more flexible.
I was literally born with tight hamstrings (thanks mom and dad! 👩🏾👨🏾) so doing yoga helps to loosen them up.
When you add heat to the mix that just helps them to loosen up even faster and helps to keep Charlie horses🐴 away.
Improves Your Immunity
Hot yoga🔥 improves your immune system by raising your body temperature.
When your core body temperature rises, so does the production of white blood cells and antibodies.
The increase of white blood cells and antibodies can help to ward off illnesses and destroy any harmful bacteria or viruses that may be in your body.
This helps to boost your immune system, produce more antibodies, and kill off unwanted viruses and bacteria.
Hot Yoga🔥 Accessories
When it comes to the practice of hot yoga there are certain accessories that you may want to invest in.
There are specially made mats, towels, and clothing that allows your skin to breathe.
These are all meant to be used especially for this type of yoga and are designed to help prevent slipping as well as absorb excess moisture fast.
During your hot yoga session, make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during, and after class.
This will keep you from becoming dehydrated and to help your skin to produce more sweat so your body can cool off.
Before taking a hot yoga session, you should refrain from eating at least 2 hours before the class starts to help prevent nausea.
Need some inspiration?
Why not check out these water bottles?
To Wrap Things Up…
Hot yoga isn’t for everyone, as a matter of fact very few people take to it immediately.
It can often take 2 to 3 classes before you begin to truly enjoy the experience.
Once again, be prepared to sweat… a lot and possibly experience some muscle pain in a new way.
You are loosening up your muscles faster and so allowing yourself to get deeper into each pose.
When your muscles begin to cool back down, they may be a little sore since they have never been stretched to that limit before.
Some beginners may become lightheaded and experience dizziness until they get used to the extreme temperatures.
However, Bikram yoga’s amazing benefits can make the experience worth the effort.
Definitely give it a try and let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.
***Please consult your physician 👩🏾⚕️ before attempting this extreme style of yoga.***
Next time, we will be talking about how the practice of yoga can help you beat insomnia once and for all!
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