Bikram Yoga, also popularly known as absolute Hot Yoga, is typically a 60 to 90- minute class where participants practices 26 poses in 105 degree studios. The Hot Yoga classes is gearing to be extremely popular among fitness freaks and has suddenly geared up all over social networks and high street celebs. Bikram Yoga is associated with increased level of flexibility, detoxification, burning calories and ultimate weight loss. As the pace is higher and the transitions to poses are fast, you are guaranteed to sweat more and burn more. But do these physical discomfort and extreme heat worth a try? Are these benefits actually true? Know all the fact and myths before signing up for a new Hot Yoga classes. (also read ultimate belly flattening drinks)
It’s Not For Everyone
Understand your body and its limitations. It’s not recommended for everyone. Marni Sumbal M.S., R.D, says- “Individuals who do not respond well to working out in hot conditions or individuals with underlying heart issues should be more careful”. It’s far more important for you to acclimate yourself slowly and stay well hydrated. If you feel you are finding it really difficult to fit in these classes, recommended to stick to your regular yoga or Pilate classes and reap benefits. There’s no immense need to put your health at risk.
Systematically Works Every Part Of The Body
According to BikramYoga.com, it is a sequence of 26 postures practiced within 90 minutes. The sequence is so designed that it gradually works every organ and part of the body and supplies oxygenated blood to all the internal organs, muscles, ligaments and fibers. It restores vitality, tones up muscles, regulates weight and maintains wellbeing. The classes starts from stretching ashans to warm and stretch those joints and muscles and then move towards other difficult postures– Awkward Pose, Balancing Pose, Half Tortoise and Dead Body Pose to name a few, over a 90-minutes of session. (burst major diet myths)
You May Feel Sick
This is very common for the newbie’s. As the intense heat, rigorous transitions between poses and the long session duration, can put much strain on your body. Dr. Kim Allan Williams, former president of the American College of Cardiology, explained to Time, that Hot Yoga workout enthusiasts should listen to their body and observe the signals send to pay an attention. A slightly nauseated feeling or a feel of light-headedness, muscle cramping – either during or after a yoga session- are an alert sign for you, that you should take a break or go easy on your body. Remember it has been designed and developed for experienced yogis who are pro and are practicing from years. But the increasing fashion of adopting everything that pops up on internet has made inexperienced yogis taking part in this, going hard on their body and ultimately hurting. It’s better to be easy and gradually adopt the rigor. Don’t rush into for the results.
Tropical Hot Rooms
Yes! its absolutely true. As Bikram christens these studios as “Torture Chambers. These studios are designed in such a manner that the room conserves heat to make it conducive for the participants practice postures properly. It may get really intense. And the studios are designed in a such a manner that you can accentuate to such a level to connect your body and soul together after 30-40 minutes of session. (read-ultimate flat belly yoga pose)
Several Mental Benefits
Yoga has always been synonymous to the mental and psychological peace apart from tons of physical benefits. It is a form of exercise that has great meditative qualities and works internally outside for a mental peace through rejuvenation. Through its rejuvenation properties it is helpful with stress management, mental fatigue and depression. . Yogi Loren Bassett of Pure Yoga in NYC, told Shape, “Aside from the physical benefits, the mental connection you develop to your body during a heated class is also different from non-heated classes. The discipline, the pushing through when you are uncomfortable and finding comfort in discomfort—if you can overcome that, then you can translate that to your life off the mat. When the body gets stronger, the mind goes along for the ride.”
Remember To Stay Hydrated!!!
Dr. Brian L. Tracy, an exercise scientist at Colorado State University and Dr. Kim Allan Williams, former president of American College of Cardiology published their research on the subject of Hot Yoga and Weight Loss. And while talking to Time- they say its common to sweat hell in Bikram classes but what is often ignored is the loss of electrolytes along with water. Dangerously low levels of potassium, sodium, and other electrolytes contribute to those scary health risks mentioned above. So in addition to drinking a lot of water to re-hydrate, also add some Gatorade, Smartwater or other vitamin, mineral and electrolyte infused drinks.
So finally the question persists – Bikram Yoga is right for you? If you have no health or heart issues and you have been going to regular yoga or pilates classes, then go for it. Moreover, the heat doesn’t make you puke or faint, go for a try. As this is a form of extreme workout and may not be appealing to everyone.
However, if the poses sound weird and unexperimental -you can stick to your regular fitness regime and reap the benefit rather than hurting at a high room temperature.