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The benefits of original Hot Yoga

Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga, is a specific style of yoga practiced in a heated room. Although individual experiences may vary, here are some potential physical and mental benefits of practicing Bikram yoga regularly, including during the summer: on the one hand, heat provides additional protection against injury, overstretching and the sore muscles afterwards, and on the other, heat detoxifies the body.

Physical Benefits

  • Increased flexibility: The high room temperature helps warm up muscles, making them more supple and allowing for deeper stretches. This can lead to improved flexibility and increased range of motion.

  • Detoxification: Heavy sweating during Bikram yoga can help flush toxins out of the body. The heat and intense physical activity can stimulate the lymphatic system, promoting the elimination of waste products.

  • Improved Cardiovascular Health: The heat and intensity of Bikram yoga can increase heart rate and provide a cardiovascular workout. Regular practice can improve heart health, promote circulation, and increase endurance.

  • Strength and muscle building: Bikram yoga targets different muscle groups through a series of 26 poses. Holding these poses and performing strengthening exercises can improve muscle strength, optimize posture, and tone overall muscles.

  • Weight management: The combination of increased heart rate, physical exertion and fluid loss can help with calorie burn and weight control. Regular exercise combined with a balanced diet can help with weight loss or weight maintenance.

Mental and emotional benefits

Stress relief: Practicing Bikram yoga can reduce stress and promote relaxation. The practice includes deep breathing and meditation, which can calm the mind, promote mindfulness, and relieve anxiety.

Mental Clarity: The intense concentration required during a Bikram Yoga class can improve mental clarity and concentration. It allows you to temporarily detach from external distractions and be present and focused.

Mood improvement: Physical exercise, such as Bikram yoga, stimulates the release of endorphins, the "happy hormones." Regular practice can lead to improved mood, increased energy, and a feeling of well-being.

Discipline and determination: Bikram yoga is a demanding practice that requires perseverance and mental strength. Regular class attendance can build discipline, develop resilience, and foster a positive mindset that extends beyond the yoga studio.

Mind-body connection: Bikram yoga promotes the synchronization of breathing, movement and mental focus. This can lead to a stronger mind-body connection, promoting self-awareness, self-acceptance and an overall sense of harmony.

Practicing hot yoga in summer

Practicing hot yoga during the summer months can have additional benefits:

  • Acclimatization: Exposing yourself to heat during the summer can help your body adapt to high temperatures and acclimate more efficiently. This can increase heat tolerance in other areas of life.

  • Increased hydration: Increased sweating during hot yoga classes reminds you of the need to stay hydrated. This encourages mindful drinking and helps you maintain adequate hydration during the hot summer months.

  • Cooling effect: Surprisingly, the heat in the yoga room can have a cooling effect on the body after leaving class. Stepping out into the warm summer air can provide a refreshing contrast that provides a feeling of renewal and relaxation.

  • Please note that before starting any new exercise routine, it is important to consult with a physician or certified yoga instructor to ensure it meets your individual health needs and abilities.

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