Is Hot Yoga for You?

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Hot yoga has gained its popularity across North America in the recent years. While many devotees have endless good things to say about hot yoga, there are also a handful of people who regard hot yoga warily. The key to practicing hot yoga is knowing the limits of your own body and being prepared prior to attending each class, both mentally and physically. Just like any other sports, exercises, or fitness programs, hot yoga could lead to unwanted injuries if a high degree of caution hasn’t been exercised.

Yoga is an experiential science – you need to test it out for yourselves before knowing whether or not it is for you. Below are some benefits of hot yoga and a few tips to get you started.

Benefits:
Detox, Flexibility, Balance, Breath, Cardio, Mental Focus, Healing, Strength

How to Prepare:
1. Be Hydrated: Be well-hydrated before taking a hot yoga class and be sure to replenish fluids after a class (add a pinch of salt to your water to replenish the electrolytes you’ve lost).
2. Be Cautious: Beware of your existing injuries and make sure to let your instructor know at the beginning of the class. Please visit your physician prior to practicing if you have injuries, heart disease, irregular blood pressure or if you are pregnant.
3. Listen to your body: Beware of your heat tolerance and make sure not to over-stretch your body.
4. Don’t force it: Hot yoga isn’t for everyone. Go attend a hot yoga class with an open mind and remind yourself what you are trying to get out of each practice. And if it isn’t for you? You don’t have to do it no matter what the other devotees say.

by Verda

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