Benefits Of Hot Yoga
There are a lot of reasons why we choose to practice yoga in a heated room. The heat helps our bodies warm up and makes it easier to get deeper into postures more safely. The benefits of practicing yoga are increased a great degree with added heat. Sweating helps us cleanse our systems, because toxins are carried to the surface of the skin in sweat, and evaporates away.
Helps us burn fat more effectively by boosting metabolism and releasing water weight through sweat.
Dilates our capillaries to boost the "oxygenation" of all our cells, tissues, muscles, organs, etc...(Especially beneficial for athletes)
Boosts circulation and gets the heart rate up, at times rendering yoga an aerobic activity (burning lots of calories).
Enhances our immune system by slightly elevating the temperature of the body, which increases T-cell functioning.
Elevates the functioning of the nervous system and decreases anxiety by relaxing the body.
Another subtle effect of the heat that you don't always hear about is that it actually helps us concentrate and stay in the moment. The intensity of practicing in a warm room is hard to ignore, and this helps our minds wander less. Since yoga is about staying present in the moment, the heat can function as our friend in this way.
How Hot Is It?
Our thermostat is set to 90 degrees, and most classes never even reach that temperature. Our humidifiers are set to 60%. A moisture-filled room actually encourages us to sweat more which means even more cleansing and detoxing.
The Biggest Reason We Practice Yoga In A Heated Room
Because it feels good! Sometimes the warmth can be intense, and the sweating messy, but it feels amazing to purify our bodies in a heated practice. Many people find that after an initial adjustment period they never want to go back to "cold" yoga. The first few times try to stay neutral to the heat and know that you can always just come to a pose that helps you relax at any point during the practice. There is no pressure to "keep up" with someone on the mat next to you. Instead, we want you to find ease and power by balancing out what you do and honoring your body as you need to.