Besides developing the mind the heat can also provide benefits for the body. What are the added benefits from practicing in a room heated anywhere from 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit?
We all know the benefits of practicing Yoga, but Hot Yoga adds another element, external heat. Along with the teacher the heat can also serve as a guide, leading us to experience mental states, such as, intense focus, staying present, and mental discipline.
Vasodilation is the process in which capillaries in the body dilate, bringing more blood to the muscles, which delivers more oxygen.
2. Oxygen release
When blood passes through warm muscles it allows oxygen to release more easily from its transporter, hemoglobin.
3. Breakdown of glucose
Speeds up the breakdown of glucose on fatty acids.
4. Muscles become more responsive
The heat helps muscles to become more elastic or flexible, which can prevent injury in activities outside of yoga.
5. Improves coordination
The added heat can guide us into a mental state of intense focus faster. This ability to stay present within our bodies can improve coordination over time.
6. Pain relief
People living with chronic joint pain often find relief through a hot yoga practice. The added heat helps to lubricate and increase circulation to joints.
7. Burns fat more easily
Warm muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. If you exercise with cold muscles they can’t utilize fatty acids as well. The fatty acids end up stored in places where they shouldn’t be, such as in the lining of the arteries.
As with all exercise, we encourage yogis to consult with their health practitioner before embarking on their heated yoga journey. Cheers to better health through hot yoga!
Author: Balwan Singh