Powerful Beauty of Hot Yoga
I’ve been practicing yoga for many years. But few weeks ago I made a change from my yoga routine and I started to practice Hot Yoga. I was always maybe a little bit scared of the thought doing Yoga in really hot room. But after my first class I was in love with it and I couldn’t wait to go back. Now for past month I have been in the Hot Yoga classes 5/6 times a week. I like to challenge myself and see myself grow. I have 8 different teachers at True Yoga Bangkok, who all have really different styles of practice and teaching. In every class I feel I have made a big step forward with my practice. One of my biggest goals this year was to get my arms stronger and I am reaching my goals. I really feel how my strength have grown. I am so happy that I am back on regular practice. Regular practice is all you need as a passionate yogi.
But now let’s get to the point why I wanted to write about Hot Yoga. I have introduced you different kind of Yoga styles, poses and so on. But I actually wanted to share all the great health benefits of Hot Yoga and tell a little more what it really is!
Why the heat?
“Heat increases circulation, causes blood vessels to dilate and speeds the metabolic processes of vital organs. Heat aids in the detoxification process by increasing body temperature, causing your body to sweat. The increase in body temperature also stimulates your immune system, increasing the effectiveness to fight bacteria and viruses. The heat induced increase in blood flow stimulates stronger, more efficient contractions of your heart which, over time, contributes to lowering of your blood pressure. As heat is absorbed in the body tissues, joint stiffness decreases, the extensibility of joint structures (ligaments, tendons and connective tissues) increase, and muscles relax.
Practicing yoga in a hot room challenges the mind as well as the body. As your physical body responds to the demands of the heat, your mind also receives an added stimulus. You must draw upon will power, determination, and concentration, all of which heightens the mind body experience provided by yoga.”- Nbalanceyoga.com
Your body burns fat more effectively, fat may be redistributed and burned as energy during the class. It is common to lose cm of shape in a very short time. Burns to 1200 calories per session.
The heat produces a fluid-like stretch allowing for greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body.
Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
You benefit from a strengthening of willpower, self control, concentration and determination in this challenging environment.
Your cardiovascular system gets a thorough workout.
Your muscles and connective tissue become more elastic and allow for greater flexibility with less chance of injury and improved resolution of injury.
Sweating promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin – which is the body’s largest eliminating organ.
Just as when your body raises its temperature to fight infection, the raised temperature in the room will assist in improving T-cell function and the proper functioning of your immune system.
Your nervous system function is greatly improved and messages are carried more efficiently to and from your brain.
Metabolism improves in your digestive system and in the body’s cells.
Improves lung and heart function.
Increases muscle tone.
Promotes better sleeping pattern and helps to relax the mind.
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