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Bikram Yoga: What's With the Heat?

Last updated 6 years ago

Many people unfamiliar with Bikram yoga would be surprised to hear that the studio is heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and kept at 40 percent humidity. You may be asking yourself why anyone would want to exercise in a sauna, and the answer is that the combination of heat and yoga has many benefits. 

Here is a basic guide to the importance of heat in Bikram yoga:

Muscle Protection

It may sound unpleasant if you’ve never tried Bikram yoga, but many practitioners feel energized and rejuvenated after a hot yoga class. The heat works to relax and loosen your muscles and connective tissue. As your body begins to move through the poses, you will notice improved flexibility and a greater range of motion.

Body Detoxification

There are many toxins in the things we eat and drink, and one way to help our bodies shed these toxins is by sweating them out during rigorous exercise. The heat in a Bikram yoga class augments the body’s natural heat loss and encourages healthy sweating. After a good session of hot yoga, many enthusiasts feel cleaner, lighter, and healthier.

Increased Heart Rate

Most people don’t realize that the heart is a muscle that needs to be exercised. The heat, coupled with the challenging poses in Bikram yoga, causes the heart rate to increase. This serves as a great workout for your heart, stimulating heart function for a leaner, stronger heart.

Vascular Stimulation

Lastly, the heat stimulates blood flow, providing your muscles with the oxygen they need to keep working. Vascular stimulation also works the heart, making it pump faster. The increased blood flow will prevent lactic acid from building up in your heavily used muscles so that you can avoid the next-day soreness associated with other forms of exercise.

If you are interested in experiencing the many benefits of hot yoga, visit Bikram yoga in Long Island. We work with individuals of all experience levels. For scheduling questions, call (516) 351-7325. 


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