Why do hot yoga?
The wide range of benefits of practicing yoga are amplified by doing so in the heat. The warmer the body, the greater the benefits. Here are four key reasons your body and mind need hot yoga.
The Benefits of Sweating
When you sweat, you breathe faster, your heart works more, your circulation increases and your metabolism accelerates, all in an effort to resume your normal body temperature. Because your circulation is increased during sweating, many of the toxins and impurities are able to exit your body by way of your open skin pores. This is a good reason to exercise to the point of sweating. Your skin also benefits from sweating. Your skin pores open and any dirt or impurities on the surface layers of the skin have a chance to exit. Sweating regularly, if followed by proper cleansing, will benefit your skin.
Sweating for Weight Loss
Sweating has been discussed heavily as a tool for weight loss. The weight that you lose through sweating is water weight. This weight is quickly replaced when you replenish your fluids. However, the activities that lead to sweating burn up calories. Being in a hot room uses up energy as your body tries to restore your normal temperature. If you are sweating because you have been exercising, you have been burning calories. In hot yoga you do both of these.
Sweating for Stress Relief
Sweating can also be very relaxing for both your body and your mind. When you sweat, your body’s muscles are warmed up by humidity and heat. This helps to release the stress and fatigue brought on by muscle tension.