Is Hot Yoga the New “Health” Trend?

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Let’s talk yoga? It looks totally cool, right? Bending and stretching in different cool postures and coming off as this totally cool and hippy yogi, yeah? It can’t be that hard, right? Wrong! Ask anyone who has ever tried any yoga class. It is difficult. Even yogis with years of experience admit to it being extremely difficult to master some of the positions that you see on T.V.

Most yogis have practiced the art of yoga for years in order to get to a place where they aren’t shaking and struggling in every pose. The truth is yoga is HARD. So why would anyone decide on making it even more challenging by cranking up the heat in the room? Well, this form of yoga has made an impressive impression on yogis and health fanatics over the past couple years because of its list of endless benefits.

Hot yoga increases your pulse rate as well as your metabolism which is what most of us want. Increased metabolism means more calories burntaexqfsabufeuyz. Doing yoga in a heated room also allows your blood vessels to be much more flexible, the more flexible those vessels are the more calories you burn. The heat increases your circulation which can result in instant loss of water weight and also an instant skin glow for those of us looking for a way to take our skin care methods to the next level.

Hot yoga is really beneficial for anyone who is looking to shed some pounds like NOW, because you sweat so much you are flushing out all the toxins that keep the weight on you, making you appear and eventually be much leaner and thinner. What about those people who have high stress levels? Yupp, hot yoga is the magic weapon for that.

The endorphins that are released during and after your hot yoga class is enough to relieve you of a day’s stress. I thought I’d give hot yoga a try as well and what I will tell you is that it is not easy. You have to be mentally strong to push through, especially if you are participating in a 90-minute class like I did.

There were many times that I felt nauseous and that I felt dizzy but in reality, I think it was all in my head(maybe). Mind over matter. If I can encourage you to do one thing, that is to make sure you are well hydrated before you go into class AND bring water in the classroom with you.

Don’t be like me. I totally thought I was going to be okay without bringing a water bottle in class with me, only to find out that I was close to a death sentence. It is recommended that you drink 2-3 liters of water before you go into a hot yoga class.

“Everyone is encouraged to drink at least eight glasses of fluids per day in general,” says yoga expert and director of Spa Halekulani, Kamala Nayeli. “When you exercise, this amount should increase by two to three cups. If you raise your core temperature or partake in a hot yoga class, I would [also] recommend including a small dose of salt prior to the class. Or have a natural ‘sports drink’ that will replenish the sodium you lose when sweating.”

The next thing that I had to learn the hard way was to not eat a full-on meal before hot yoga. I am sure that is what brought on my case of nausea, but that’s what brings me to my next point. If you start feeling nauseous or sick, don’t try to overexert because you can end up doing more damage than good.

Listen to your body and don’t be ashamed to stop if you feel something is not right with your body. Don’t be me. Lastly, work your way up to a hot yoga class. Start with regular yoga class and then slowly transition into hot yoga classes, otherwise you are putting yourself at risk of hurting yourself. If you do this class full out you can expect to burn anywhere between 500-1000 calories, but like always, check with your physician first for safety reasons.