Hot Yoga & Weight Loss

Dec 16, 2015

Why do we do yoga in 41 degree heat when sun salutations are hard enough on their own?  Well, the answer is simple — it’s the benefits, of course!

The benefits of a really really hot room

Practicing yoga in a heated room increases your pulse rate and metabolism, allowing your blood vessels to become more flexible and making your bod burn some major calories! This in turn makes circulation easier and increases blood flow to the limbs.

Hot yoga is amazing for weight loss, as you sweat like a fiend. Like other yogas, it will build muscle tone [but will also] improve the lymphatic system and flush out toxins. It’s amazing for developing equanimity in the face of adversity and obstacles.

Hot yoga goes above and beyond when it comes to relieving stress and building inner confidence. This practice is the true definition of “mind over matter.” The endorphin rush you receive after completing 45-60 minute sweat session will leave you feeling like there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.

First time in a hot room? there are  some precautions you should take in order to stay safe. Read the tips below before turning up the heat in your practice!

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Stay hydrated

We recommend drinking 2 to 3 liters throughout the day. You will undoubtedly sweat more during these types of classes than in most other forms of exercise, so it’s very easy to become dehydrated. It is extremely important that you drink plenty of water before, during and after your practice.

Everyone is encouraged to drink at least eight glasses of fluids per day in general, When you exercise, this amount should increase by two to three cups. If you raise your core temperature or partake in a hot yoga class, I would [also] recommend including a small dose of salt prior to the class. Or have a natural ‘sports drink’ that will replenish the sodium you lose when sweating. We sell both water and coconut water in studio.

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The rules for eating before hot yoga

It is important to avoid eating too much or too little before participating in a hot yoga class, which can be a tricky task to master. Nayeli suggests avoiding heavy foods, but encourages light snacks before yoga classes to properly fuel your body.

Fruit, particularly those that have a high water content such as watermelon, or sodium content like bananas [are great to eat before class).Dried fruit is good, too (figs, raisins, apricots, etc.). Seeds and nuts are also great. However, I would limit the dairy intake before class.

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Listen to your body

It is important not to overexert during hot yoga classes. The warm temperatures and practice of poses can make your body feel looser and more flexible than normal, which can make it easier to pull a muscle. Be mindful of your body and try not to overstretch or push yourself too far when first starting out.

Gradually let yourself experiment with poses as your body adjusts and becomes more accustomed to the atmosphere and workout. If you feel any symptoms of heat exhaustion, such as dizziness, nausea, headache, confusion, poor vision or weakness, stop your practice and immediately leave the room.

At RENU we have a dedicated Hot Yoga Beginners class on a Saturday morning.

 

Check with your doctor

If you have any injuries or health concerns, such as diabetes, cardiovascular or respiratory disease, or a history of heat-related illness, make sure to get your doctor’s OK before practicing hot yoga.

Fun fact

We normally say a person can expect to burn anywhere between 500 to 1,000 calories during a hot yoga class, depending on their metabolic rate. Talk about sweating!!!

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