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The Benefits Of Hot Yoga

May 2, 2019 Posted by Lauren Shirley Blog

You may have noticed that we like it a little toasty in our Charlotte hot yoga classes. Our downstairs studio is heated to 99 degrees with added humidity, and our upstairs studio, while still relatively cooler, is heated to around 80 degrees. Trust us when we say there is a method behind the madness – we aren’t just cranking the heat up for fun. There are tons of benefits to practicing in a heated studio.

What are the benefits of Hot Yoga?

It Makes You More Flexible

Increased heat and humidity makes it easier for your muscles to stretch. The heat and steam makes your muscles more pliable thereby enabling an increased range of motion and deeper stretch within each pose.

It Increases Endurance

While you might think a stifling room makes it harder to breathe, the breathing exercises in hot yoga can actually help train your lungs to retain more air.  Deeper breaths force them to expand more than usual, which allows for more oxygen to enter the blood stream and get to the other organs

It Detoxifies Your Body

Working out in a heated room makes your body sweat, which is a good thing. When your body is sweating this means that all of your body’s toxins are being flushed out, and this is why many people feel refreshed and re-energized after a hot yoga workout.

It Burns Calories

Any physical activity that increases your heart rate will help to burn calories. Although you may not be running or jumping around, the added heat of a hot yoga class will definitely put your circulatory system to work. Add in the fast pace of our Y2 vinyasa classes and suddenly you’ll be burning so many calories that your apple watch won’t be able to keep up.

It Makes Savasana Feel 100x Better

There is nothing, and we mean NOTHING, like the feeling of relaxing in savasana with a cold towel on your head after a 60-minute sweaty practice. We don’t know what nirvana feels like, but we think this might be close.

About Lauren Shirley

Lauren is the full-time marketing coordinator and teacher manager at Y2. Along with her "day job" Lauren also teaches yoga at Y2 during the evenings and on weekends. She is passionate about spreading yoga throughout her community and inspiring others to live fully and freely.