What’s All The Hype About Hot Yoga?

 In Hot Yoga

It’s time to crank it up a notch.

Surely by now you’ve heard about, or maybe even experienced, some form of hot yoga. If you haven’t, then it’s time to learn a bit more about it, including the benefits of hot yoga and why so many yogis around the world are harnessing the power of sweat within their practice.

At Yoga Pod Denver West, we have the best hot yoga classes for practitioners of all skill levels — though hot yoga is not something that should be jumped into without preparation, understanding, and hydration.

Sign up for a podHOT class at our Denver West yoga studio and keep reading to learn more about the ins and outs of hot yoga.

What Is Hot Yoga?

At Yoga Pod Denver West, we like to use three words that best describe what we hope you get out of our yoga classes.

Those three words are: Breath. Strength. Sweat.

No class embodies those values more than hot yoga. To describe it simply, hot yoga is a practice that moves through a variety of poses and movements just like any other class would — with an added kicker.

Hot yoga classes take place in a heated room, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees and upwards of 60 percent humidity. The heated element is designed to promote strength, alignment, and detoxification while creating balance and flexibility.

Our Denver West hot yoga class takes yogis through multiple breathing exercises (breath), a standing series and floor series (strength), and we set the temperature at 105 degrees (sweat).

Hot yoga is suitable for just about anyone, though it’s important to keep in mind that these classes last between 60 and 75 minutes. Before attending a hot yoga class, be sure to hydrate, bring adequate water, and maybe even pack a spare towel (or two).

Benefits Of Hot Yoga

So what’s the point of practicing yoga in a sauna-like environment, anyway? Well, we’re glad you asked. The benefits of hot yoga are far-reaching and should not be ignored or discounted.

First of all, hot yoga allows you to move through your progression just like any other class. That means you get an opportunity to work on your balance, flexibility, and movement, all of which are always important.

However, an added advantage to flowing in a heated room is that your muscles, tendons, and joints also tend to warm up quicker — which means a lower risk of injury and possibly even more fluid movement.

Additionally, practicing hot yoga allows for detoxification to run its course. As you go through your progression, you are building strength while increasing your pulse rate and burning calories. But the heat also allows you to sweat more — a lot more — than in a normal practice, which cleanses the body and purifies the mind.

Finally, there’s the rush. We all know that rush which comes from accomplishing something, right? Well that type of wave is amplified tenfold after completing a hot yoga class. You feel relieved, yet invigorated; tired, but fresh; sweaty, but clean.

These are just a few of the many benefits of hot yoga. To experience it for yourself, sign up for a hot yoga class at our Denver West Yoga Pod studio.

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