You may have got into a hot tub and tried the sauna too, but this time, try something that a majority of the West has taken up – hot yoga! Performed at high temperatures (between 90-105 degrees Fahrenheit), it has you doing asanas and poses in order to cleanse the body and build flexibility. Lady Gaga, Demi Moore, Madonna, and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the celebrities who have been spotted sweating it out this way.
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The idea behind is that hot yoga detoxes the body through perspiration. It is said to flush out the toxins, give the skin its glow and ease joint aches and pains. That said, hot yoga does come with its risks – it may cause heat stroke if not done at the right temperature. It’s also a common notion that the heat may allow you do a deeper stretch, but there are risks of overstretching, too Always get a doctor to approve whether you can do hot yoga or not, and have a qualified trainer at hand.
Tips to keep in mind if you are a doing this for the first time:
Dress light: Do not wear heavy workout gear. Dress lightly so the heat affects you less.
Carry towels with you:
Place one towel on the yoga mat to prevent slipping and use one towel to mat away your perspiration.
Do not work out in high temperatures:
If you do so, you will risk feeling exhaustion, dehydration, nausea, and fainting.
Remember, it’s important to drink enough water two hours before the class and you can sip on it even during one. If you feel lightheaded or unwell, stop.
When to avoid:
Do not do hot yoga, if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or a heart condition.