Hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. Often associated with the style devised by Bikram Choudhury, hot yoga is now used to describe any number of yoga styles that use heat to increase an individual's flexibility in the poses. Hot yoga is a form of moderate exercise. The temperature of the room varies typically between 87 °F (31 °C) and 104 °F (40 °C). While doing hot yoga, your body is producing sweat because of the extremities of the temperatures. Hot yoga involves both static holds and flow, which both lengthens and contracts specific body parts. During hot yoga, there you will experience internal heat and external heat. Therefore, you may sweat a lot. This results in losing water weight. In colder climates, hot yoga often seeks to replicate the heat and humidity of India where yoga originated.
Some forms of hot yoga offered at Just Breathe:
Beginner Hot uses the 26 postures of Bikram with a twist
Barkan yoga is a branch of Hatha yoga that focuses on vitalizing, stretching, and strengthening your body using various yogic poses, administered within a heated environment. As with many other systems of yoga, Barkan yoga emphases your achievement of optimal health using holistic techniques and conditioning. Weight loss is a byproduct of the Barkan yoga techniques and conditioning, rather than the main goal.
Ashtanga yoga is a physically demanding practice synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. Ashtanga yoga, with its many vinyasas, is great for building core strength and toning the body.
Some benefits of hot yoga include:
• Expands and maximizes lung capacity
• Improves balance
• Strengthens and tones muscles
• Increases blood circulation
• Trims waistline
• Tightens buttocks
• Strengthens cardiovascular system
• Revitalizes nerves, veins, and tissues
• Increases flexibility
• Corrects bad posture
• Promotes kidney function
• Relieves arthritis, rheumatism, and gout in the legs
• Increases self-esteem and confidence
• Supports peace of mind and inner balance
• Develops concentration, patience, & determination