Some thoughts and discussions from me.

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For years and years, if you suggested hot yoga as a workout form for me, I would have dismissed the idea in a heart beat.

Working out in a room that’s 100+ degrees for 60-90 minutes on purpose? Not to mention losing all of those electrolytes in such a short timeframe.

And then, on a journey to say yes to more in life and have more of an open-mind, I actually tried it. I went to my first hot yoga class last January, and left with an almost-euphoric feeling. I was hooked, and determined to find the reason why I felt so invigorated and got hooked. It couldn’t be bad for you if it felt that good, right?

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Plus, the act of receiving benefits from being in a hot and steamy environment has been around for ages.

Because my hot yoga experience was pure bliss, I set out to prove myself wrong, researching the benefits of hot yoga, and doing yoga in a hot, steamy room. Turns out, there are plenty of benefits!

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1. Sweating out toxins. For years I believed this was a myth, and that the only things that we sweat out during hot yoga were water, sodium, and other electrolytes and minerals. Turns out, we actually do sweat out toxins – and ones that aren’t eliminated through urine. Studies have shown that toxins such as BPA, phthalates, mercury, and arsenic shows up in our sweat. That’s reason enough for me to get my sweat on!

2. Encourage muscle recovery. Practicing yoga in a hot room improves circulation, allowing the blood to reach the limbs. Warming up the core temperature allows you to go slightly deeper in flexibility. It also has been shown to improve aterial stiffness in young adults.

3. Reduce stress. Yes, all forms of yoga are said to be stress-reducing. Deep breathing, meditation, and gentle movement clears the mind and reduces stress in the body. But doing so in a hot, steamy environment goes even further, by reducing the amount of cortisol in the body in the long run.

Another study also concluded that bikram yoga significantly increased the glucose intolerance in older, obese adults.

I currently go to a hot yoga class about once a week, but I try to get in some form of yoga most days of the week. Whether it be a 5 minute meditation or some yoga poses that make my back feel good, I try add it in when I can.

Have you tried hot yoga? What was your experience like?

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