Traditional Yoga vs Hot Yoga
The Thames Club is a proud supporter of the hot yoga movement. We started 2018 with a bang when we launched our new Hot Yoga Club and we’re delighted to say that we now offer a range of hot yoga classes to suit every ability.
Considering the relative newness of the concept, the focus of today’s blog post will be on the differences between traditional yoga and hot yoga so that you’ll know whether hot yoga is for you (spoiler alert: it probably is).
What is Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga is like traditional yoga’s little sister. It uses the same moves and classes and they can range in their intensity from gentle to vigorous. The seminal difference between the two lies in the conditions that hot yoga is performed in.
Hot yoga classes are conducted in specialist facilities that keep the room temperature to around 40°C. This mimics the body’s core temperature (37°C). The creator of hot yoga got the inspiration for this from his hometown in India, where people would practice traditional yoga in the hot climate.
Most people know that traditional yoga is beneficial to the body because it gently stretches muscles, causing them to become stronger and more flexible, and it relaxes the mind. Hot yoga doesn’t do anything new in this regard, but the high temperature of the room effects the body in such a way that these benefits are maximised. The heat causes a surge in blood flow and for the blood vessels to expand, thus circulating more oxygen and nutrients around the body. This supercharges your yoga session.
Another effect of the high temperature is that it opens the pores in your skin and increases sweat production. Whilst getting sweaty may not sound very appealing, it flushes toxins out of your system and leaves your body purified. This process washes your pores, which aids in the removal of spot-causing bacteria and in the prevention against oil build-up and clogged pores.
Is it Risky?
Spending a prolonged period of time in such high temperatures brings its own set of considerations, but it isn’t harmful to your health. The human body is incredibly adaptable and, considering that a large proportion of the world’s population live in 40°C heat, spending one hour in a hot yoga studio won’t cause you to become ill.
A hot yoga class is suitable for most people, but if you have high or low blood pressure you may want to ask your doctor first. Remember to wear light clothing and to bring a bottle of water along with you.
If hot yoga sounds like your sort of thing, visit the club, email the team [email protected], or call on 01784 463100 to book yourself a spot. The Hot Yoga Club is set to be a smashing success, so we recommend giving it a go!