Hot Yoga also known as Bikram yoga is the brainchild of Bikram Choudhury. It is an improvisation of the conventional yoga form. The condition in which it is practiced is the main difference. Hot yoga is mostly practiced in a very warm studio where the temperature is set to almost 40 degrees celsius with increased humidity.
How effective is hot yoga?
Hot yoga creates an environment in which a compression-extension effect on the body is build up by working on a specific area. For instance you are trying to reduce belly fat. You will practice a specific hot yoga asana. The pressure created in the room due to the temperature will cut off all the blood supply in the veins and arteries around the stomach area, consequently driving the heart to force more blood to the region thereby creating a rush of blood supply to stomach. This is achieved by removing the contaminants and increasing the heart rate.
Hot yoga is effective but it will take some time to see results. The yoga incorporates cardio workout and hence results in two fold effect.
What to anticipate?
There are 26 different postures that will make the total body exercise and increase the heart rate.
It is common for people to feel sick and weary during as well as after the hot yoga session. Drink sufficient amount of water to compensate for sweat and don’t get yourself dehydrated. Some dietitians recommend mixing one teaspoon of sugar and 1/4th teaspoon of salt to a bottle of water and drinking the mixture all through the session.