Winter Fitness: Hot, Hot, Yoga

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Bored of the usual circuit workout? Do you want to switch things up with your workout routine? Look no further than your local yoga studio, and get ready to stretch it out and sweat it out with hot yoga!

You may already know hot yoga as Bikram yoga, and that is absolutely correct. Bikram yoga (founded by Bikram Choudhury) is “the original” hot yoga. It is a series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises, where the certified instructor guides yogis through the routine in a heated room. A heated room, you ask? How hot is it? The studio is heated to 40.6°C – I know, right? I thought running on the treadmill without a fan was hot! Nevertheless, the heat allows muscle tissue to expand and blood vessels to dilate which allows for deeper stretching and increased oxygen flow throughout the body.

It is said that the heat helps detox the body and help major organs, all while giving you a great workout and increasing your strength and flexibility.

So, are you ready for your first class? Be sure to arrive prepared. This means hydrating well before class begins. Sorry, chugging your water bottle on the way to the studio doesn’t exactly count. Since you already keep your reusable water bottle by your side, right? Make sure you refill it often throughout the day. At least two litres is ideal. Additionally, there’s no need for a heavy dinner either. You don’t want to be stretching and bending on a full tummy, especially with sweat dripping in your eyes. A light dinner and a snack after class is all you need! I recommend a post-yoga drink (sorry, not the adult variety) such as coconut water or a mix with electrolytes, like Gatorade or water with a Nuun tab (my personal favourite)!


Have you ever tried Bikram? Love it or hate it?
Feature image sourced on WeHeartIt.

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