Happy Valo Season everyone! I hope the beginning of Easter Holidays is going awesomely for everyone. As the summer seasons and the heat are getting closer, what better way to combine both, but by increasing the temperature while practising the minenary art form that yoga is.
“Inhale the future, exhale the past”
The same way new trends are cooking up in the wellness and fitness industry, the heat also comes to other practices such as Hot Yoga.
Its popularity has increased exponentially within the last years. It offers many of the same benefits as traditional yoga, such as stress reduction, improved strength, and flexibility with the additional benefits of what a common sauna sessions would bring. Consider it a detox ritual for both body and soul. With the added heat factor, hot yoga has the ability to give your heart, muscles and lungs a more intense workout session.
Hot yoga involves the room to be heated above normal room temperature and the same way as sauna temperature, the level of intensity is controlled by its users.
Hot yoga sessions can include any variety of poses, and the time of each class will vary from instructor to instructor. It often includes music and more interaction among the people in the class.
“Letting go is the hardest asana”
What are the benefits of Hot Yoga?
As we all know, Yoga aims to provide relaxation of the mind and improve physical fitness. Hot Yoga, on the other hands offers a more challenging environment in which, many of the already known benefits can be achieved, plus some new ones.
If done correctly and safely, hot yoga can provide the following benefits:
- Improves flexibility
- Burns more calories
- Builds bone density
- Reduces stress
- Eases Depression
- Provides a Cardiovascular Boost
- Reduces Blood Glucose Levels
- Nourishes the skin
“The pose begins when you want to leave it”
How to get started?
If you are not a regular yoga practitioner, you may want to try regular yoga before embarking on the spicy version. Familiarize yourself with both the practitioners and their own levels of intensity. There may be hot yoga sessions for beginners too, but I am sure this won’t be a problem for Finnish people, right?
If you’re ready to give hot yoga a try, consider the following tips to get started:
- Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics that can wick away your sweat.
- Bring a towel to place over your yoga mat, which may get a little slippery once you start sweating. You can also bring an extra towel for your face and hands.
- Consider special gloves and socks that can provide a better grip in a hot yoga studio.
- Bring a large, insulated water bottle filled with cold water that you can sip throughout your hot yoga session.
And finally, remember to enjoy it and let your body to sweat out all the daily build up soreness!