Why is Hot Yoga so Popular?

Hot yoga is a form of yoga practised in a room that is heated at temperatures ranging from 35-40 degrees Celsius, often with high humidity. At Surrey Yoga & Pilates we run a range of classes in the Hot studio from Hot 26 + 2 (set postures based on the original Bikram sequence) and classic Hot Yoga (a Hatha class largely based around static poses), both practiced in a temperature around 40 degrees to Vinyasa/Flow classes (held at slightly cooler 36 degree heat).

Hot Yoga has gained popularity due to its potential benefits, which include:

  1. Improved Flexibility: The heat in hot yoga classes allows for increased flexibility in muscles and joints. This makes it easier to perform yoga poses and deepen stretches, which can reduce the risk of injury.
  2. Increased Detoxification: Sweating profusely during a hot yoga session can help eliminate toxins from the body through the skin. This is believed by some to aid in detoxification and purification.
  3. Enhanced Circulation: The combination of heat and yoga postures can improve blood circulation, helping to deliver more oxygen to muscles and organs, which can promote overall cardiovascular health.
  4. Stress Reduction: Hot yoga can be an excellent stress reliever. The focus on deep breathing and mindfulness during practice can help reduce stress and anxiety.
  5. Improved Balance and Strength: The challenging postures in hot yoga require a strong core and increased muscle strength. Over time, this can lead to better balance and enhanced muscle tone.
  6. Mental Clarity: Hot yoga promotes mindfulness and concentration. The combination of the heat, challenging poses, and focused breathing can help clear the mind and improve mental clarity.
  7. Enhanced Endurance: The intensity of hot yoga can increase endurance over time, making it easier to handle physical challenges and stress in daily life.
  8. Pain Relief: Some individuals find relief from chronic pain conditions like arthritis, back pain, and joint pain by practicing hot yoga, as it can improve flexibility and muscle strength.
  9. Community and Support: Many people find a sense of community and support in hot yoga classes. The camaraderie with fellow practitioners can be motivating and create a sense of belonging.

It’s important to note that Hot Yoga may not be suitable for everyone – consult with a healthcare professional if you have any medical concerns or conditions before starting Hot Yoga.  Otherwise our main advice is to stay hydrated, listen to your body and, if you’re totally new to yoga, start with regular yoga classes and gradually transition to hot yoga when you feel comfortable.  If you have a yoga practice but haven’t taken part in a Hot Yoga class before, start with a 60 minute class and pace yourself until you feel acclimatised to the heat.

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