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Bikram Yoga: Yoga’s Hotter Older Sister

By Melissa Gutierrez
Posted On Nov 11, 2015
Bikram Yoga: Yoga’s Hotter Older Sister

By: Melissa Gutierrez

 

Just the other night I attended a Bikram yoga class, more commonly known as hot yoga, and it was the BEST experience of my week! I had wanted to relieve some stress and get a good workout in, and hot yoga was just what the doctor ordered! The pace of the class was just right, allowing a beginner yogi as myself to keep up and the combination of the challenging postures and high temperature made for a fulfilling workout. I walked out feeling like a million bucks.

The health benefits of hot yoga, transcend the mind, body and spirit. Hot yoga is practiced in a room that is heated to an average temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and classes last 90 minutes. The heated room warms up your muscles, allowing your body to safely transition to different poses. The high temperature of the room dilates the blood vessels and expands the tissues*- hello excessive sweating and good-bye toxins! The improved flexibility, posture, weight loss and strengthening of the muscles become the cherries on top.

With all these health benefits, some may still be weary of the intensity of hot yoga, but do not worry, here are some tips from a long-time friend of mine and yoga instructor, Allison Merrill:

  1. Drink lots of water throughout the day
  2. Try not to eat up to two hours before the class
  3. Wear tight and breathable clothing
  4. Bring an electrolyte beverage to drink after class
  5. Do what you can- listen to your body’s limitations, you’ll get there!