As you might be aware yoga is an ancient Indian practice meant to promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being in people. Through the recent years yoga has grown to be a multi-billion dollar industry which sees practitioners teach the many tenets and branches that make up yoga. Many of the accoutrements of yoga that you see in a modern studio like yoga mats, yoga blocks and yoga straps are not really part of the traditional Indian way of doing yoga, but have been introduced to adapt the practice of yoga to a global audience.
Likewise there have been several improvised versions of yoga introduced to the modern practitioners that help them achieve certain specific health and wellness objectives. For instance Iyengar Yoga is suited to those who want to find relief from injuries and injury related problems. Then there is Bikram Yoga which involves performing a set of 26 yogic exercises in a room that has been heated to 41 degrees Celsius and maintains a humidity level of 40 per cent. The idea behind this is to flush the toxins from the body through sweating and enhance the flow of oxygen rich blood to the organs of the body.
Hot yoga, which is the focus of this article, is similar to Bikram Yoga in all aspects, except for the fact that it is not bound by a set of 26 exercises. As to the benefits of hot yoga there certainly are certain advantages it offers over conventional yoga. For one it makes your body more flexible as heat makes the human body stretch better than it does at normal room temperature.
As mentioned above the humongous amount of sweating one experiences while performing hot yoga makes one get rid of toxins and harmful compounds from one’s body. That process not only improves your health, but it also end up imparting a glow to your skin on account of the oxygen rich blood reaching your skin.
You may not imagine that yogic exercises would lead to weight loss but hot yoga helps you do just that. The exercise routine that you follow in the enhanced heat causes to heart to pump more resulting in the building of lean muscle and substantial loss of weight. As a matter of fact the intensity of a hot yoga session easily matches that of any traditional cardio vascular exercise routine. Lastly performing hot yoga is known to reduce the risk posed from hypertension, thereby leading to enhanced heart health.
Thus, we see that hot yoga is not a mere marketing technique or a fad that some savvy yoga marketer has introduced to make it more interesting for people. It is a serious technique of modern yoga that has a number of tangible health benefits. It is not surprising therefore to find that Hot Yoga has many takers around the world including Hong Kong.
Yoga is essentially a holistic way of enhancing your quality of life and Hot Yoga has come to be accepted as an integral part of the modern yogic practices.