What are the benefits of practicing HOT yoga?
Hot yoga has numerous benefits for your body, mind and spirit. Practicing in a heated room allows the muscles to loosen and move more freely than outside of the heat. This allows you to try postures you have never done without the risk of pulling a muscle or injuring yourself. Ghosh yoga is a stationary hot hatha yoga, which is a therapeutic practice that aides in the rehabilitation of injuries, heals back pain and provides an intense cardiovascular work out. A warm body has the ability to twist and stretch more, allowing for internal organ massage. This increases blood flow to our organs and can be very healing.
The heat also dilates your blood vessels which does two very important things. First, it normalizes blood pressure, bringing the pressure down while practicing yoga and helping it to stabilize outside of the room. Secondly, it allows blood to move more freely into areas it does not normally work its way into, bringing deeper nourishment and vitality to the tissues of the body.
The purpose of yoga is to create a mind body connection, allowing you to be present, calm and focused in your daily life. While practicing hot yoga, the heat focuses your attention and will not allow you to be anything but present: drawing your attention to your body and how it reacts to the heat. The world outside the room washes away and the blissful feeling of equanimity becomes present. This will soon extend to your world outside the room. Once you are able to remain calm, focused and centered in a hot room, you will be able to do it anywhere in the world.
Because of this, psychologists have studied the effects of hot yoga on anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction. According to a study done by Lindsey B. Hopkins DeBoer, PhD, from the San Francisco VA Medical Center, in California (along with many other studies), hot yoga reduces cortisol, the stress hormone. Regular practice of hot yoga can drastically reduce the effects of these disorders and bring great relief to many individuals.
Hot yoga detoxifies the body through sweating. 90 minutes in a hot room can eliminate a large amount of toxins in the body creating a great sense of wellness. This detoxification is beneficial both inside and out, cleaning and purifying the skin as well as the internal organs.
Your body will be able to fight infection better with a hot yoga practice. “Similar to when your body raises its temperature to fight infection, the raised temperature in the room will assist in improving T-cell function and the proper functioning of your immune system.” (https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5985/5-Reasons-to-Practice-Hot-Yoga.html)