Happy Friday, Gorgeous!
Lululemon gear, top knots, tree poses, and savasana.
You can find these elements in any yoga class.
But what do you get when you add in a bunch of sweat and a room that’s heated to 35 to 40 degrees Celsius?
Well, you get hot yoga, my friends.
I personally developed a love of hot yoga about six months ago. Why?
1. It feels good to sweat, especially during cold Canadian winter months, and
2. It gives me a reason to get totally zen while rocking my favourite sports bra.
But I’ve always been curious about the purpose of the hotter-than-normal temperatures.
Does the addition of heat really add any healthy benefits to a yoga class?
According to a study out of Texas State University, it doesn’t.
This study consisted of 80 volunteers that were divided into three groups; one group was a control group that just sat and relaxed, one group practiced yoga at a normal room temperature, and the last group practiced yoga in standard hot yoga temperatures. Each of the three groups did three 90-minute yoga classes every week for a total of three months.
Those who did hot yoga and those who did regular yoga saw similar health benefits.
Now, don’t let that deter you from getting your sweat on while doing the Downward Dog. Even though the health benefits may be similar whether you’re dripping in sweat or not, the sweatier session can feel absolutely amazing. And doing anything that makes you feel amazing is worth your time in my opinion.
And not to mention that you’ll walk out of the glass reaping from the same health benefits you’d get from doing a regular yoga class:
- Increased strength
- Increased flexibility
- A healthier heart
- Reduced negative symptoms of depression and anxiety
So if you’re looking at staying on the hot yoga train and live in Toronto, I highly recommend BeHot at Church and Colborne. Every single class I’ve taken at this studio has been incredible, making this studio my #1 hot yoga studio. Other favourites include Yyoga and Moksha.
Until next time, stay fit and stay hot. 😉