/ Why Hot Yoga
You may wonder why you would want to practice hot yoga over non heated yoga. There are many benefits you get by practicing yoga in a heated room. The heat increases blood flow to the muscles so they are more pliable, it increases your pulse rate and metabolism, allowing your blood vessels to become more flexible and allows your body burn more calories. Just like other forms of yoga, it will build muscle tone, but when practicing in the heat, it will also improve the lymphatic system and aid in elimination of toxins. Urban Ōm Power Yoga heats its studio with infrared heat. This healthy type of heat has many added benefits to your hot yoga practice. Infrared heat allows you to eliminate about seven times more toxins than regular heat, increases circulation, reduces inflammation, improves muscle recovery, and allows you to burn more calories to aid in weight loss.
So combining all of that with the mind/body/spirit balancing effects that yoga provides, creates an invigorating, challenging, healthy, and fun way to practice!
To learn more about the benefits of infrared heat visit the What is Infrared Heat page.
Top Benefits of Hot Yoga:
/ Increases flexibility and range of motion to reduces risk of injury during day to day activity and other sports
/ Enables sweating and aides in detoxification
/ Helps to strengthen cardiovascular system and increase endurance
/ Works the muscles, as well as your internal organs, glands and nervous system for a full body benefit
/ Increases overall energy and helps to balance hormones
/ Promotes better digestion and more sound sleep
/ Burns calories and improves metabolism which promotes weight loss
/ Improves coordination and body awareness
/ Reduces symptoms of both chronic and acute injury
/ Decreases blood pressure
/ Promotes a mind body connection for a more positive outlook and calm/balanced state of being
**Though hot yoga and infrared heat are shown to have documented health benefits for many, caution should always be exercised when exposing the body to excessive heat during pregnancy, infancy, children under the age of 13 and in the senior years to avoid dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and heat stroke. Contact your health care provider before beginning a regime of infrared exposure to assess if it is right for you.