3 Benefits Of Hot Yoga You May Not Know About
The popularity of Hot Yoga has exploded in recent years, with hot yoga studios popping up on every corner. This is a style of yoga done in a heated room, typically between 80 and 100 Fahrenheit. The heated environment has led many to believe the benefits must be superior to those of other yoga styles. Here are 4 hot yoga benefits that you may not have heard before.
1. Increases Bone Density
Yoga in general is known to increase bone density, particularly in the hip, neck and lower back, and can help protect against the risk of osteoporosis. A group of researchers from Los Angeles, California , concluded that hot yoga may be an effective countermeasure to bone loss and beneficial in reducing the risk of osteoporosis in premenopausal women.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure and Improves Cardiovascular Health
The high temperature conditions under which hot yoga is practiced adds extra strain to the heart, lungs and muscles during the practice. In fact, physiological responses to hot yoga include moderate metabolic responses, robust heart rate responses, and elevations in core temperature. Overtime, this added difficulty can improve cardiac output and may positively affect cardiovascular health.
Results presented by Dr. Stacey Hunter showed a decrease in diastolic and systolic blood pressure after 12 weeks of hot yoga classes, while the control group of patients, who did not participate in any hot yoga classes, saw no improvement. She says “For those who enjoy this exercise mode, this may be a novel means of addressing hypertension, although larger studies need to be completed before this can be said with certainty.”
A hot yoga studio typically contains 40% humidity (where a steam room would be 100%). This type of environment stimulates circulation and increases respiration. When the skin heats, the capillaries and vessels dilate, causing nutrient-rich blood and oxygen to be brought to the cells. This blood circulation is what feeds the skin, keeping it healthy.
All-in-all hot yoga is an amazing workout, with all the benefits of “standard” yoga practices such as flexibility, stress reduction, core strength, and more, with some added ones to boot. If you’re ready to give hot yoga a try we highly recommend it as an occasional substitute or addition to your yoga practice.