Health Benefits & Tips for Bikram Hot Yoga
In recent years, Bikram-inspired hot yoga has become the exercise of choice by many. It offers the exact same benefits as traditional yoga, such as improved flexibility and stress reduction. But with the heat turned up, hot yoga has the capacity to offer you a greater, more intense workout that comes with even better benefits.
What is hot yoga?
Hot yoga is a Bikram-inspired sequence of yoga in a heat-controlled environment – typically between 90 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This sequence contains 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises and is a technique that is suitable for brand new as well as skilled yogis. This is the primary type of yoga offered every day at Hot Yoga Chelsea in NYC.
Health Benefits of Hot Yoga
Bikram yoga aims to provide relaxation of the mind and improve physical fitness. The heated environment can make the practice more challenging, but some of the added benefits make up for it. If done correctly and safely, hot yoga can provide the following benefits:
1. Improve flexibility
2. Increase lung capacity
3. Burn more calories
4. Improve sleep
5. Relieve stress
6. Gain muscle mass
7. Improve blood circulation
8. Improve skin health
Hot Yoga Safety Tips to Avoid Risks
Hot yoga can feel overwhelming at first, which is why it’s important to practice safely. Safety starts with knowing what to expect and what to do if you feel overheated or fatigued. Here are a few tips for beginners:
- Stay Hydrated: Hydration starts well before class! Drink water before, during, and after class.
- Don’t Fill Your Stomach: You don’t want to do hot yoga on a full stomach. We recommend eating at least 3 hours before your class.
- Take Breaks: It’s important to find a balance between pushing yourself and knowing your limits, so take breaks if you need it.
How to Get Started
If you’re interested in hot yoga, visit Hot Yoga Chelsea in NYC. We are located on 27th Street, Between 6th and 7th Avenue. We also offer a special Bikram Yoga with Music class as well as Hot Vinyasa for a more active practice. Classes run every day of the week and we offer special sales for new students. See you on the mat soon!