When you begin the process of choosing the right yoga class for you, you’ll find that there are many styles available. One of the most popular right now is Bikram yoga, also known as hot yoga. Hot yoga is performed over a 90-minute period in a studio where we maintain a temperature of 105 degrees and about 40 percent humidity. The higher temperature can provide practitioners with a wealth of benefits, including:
1. Improved balance.
Researchers at Colorado State University tracked yoga students through eight weeks of Bikram yoga. They found that, at the end of that period, those who practiced this style had greatly improved balance than when they began.
2. Increased flexibility.
The warm room helps warm your muscles, making it easier to stretch than it would be in a cooler studio. The heat helps you attain poses that you may otherwise struggle with and can help protect against injury.
3. Cardio benefits.
People performing hot yoga have a higher heart rate than people who are practicing in a cooler room. This makes even gentle stretches a good cardio workout, allowing you to work toward better cardiovascular health and better endurance.
4. Increased strength.
The Colorado study also found that people who are doing hot yoga enjoy an improvement in their level of strength, as well. Plus, yoga is a low impact exercise, so you have less chance of injury while you are building up your strength. These exercises are especially good for building strength in your core muscles, leading to better posture, more resistance to injury and less of the daily aches and pains so many of us deal with.
5. Weight loss.
When you are working harder, you burn more calories and lose more weight. If you are exploring yoga as a way to help yourself shed a few unwanted pounds, hot yoga could be the right fit for you.
A hot yoga class is meditative and deliberate. Usually, you will repeat the same twenty-six poses and two breathing exercises. These help build enormously strong focus over the span of your class. And, you will find that that deep sense of stillness and focus extends to your everyday life even outside of class. You’ll be more capable at work, calmer when handling stress and enjoy a greater sense of peace.
We offer the hot yoga Vacaville residents are eager to learn. Our class schedules fit your busy life, with sessions available throughout the day on most days of the week. Take a look at our calendar and book your first class today.