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The Art of Bikram


©GALE 2014 Enthusiasts at Hot Yoga centers use a simple mat like this one to perform their intense cardiovascular exercises all over the world.  Advanced Hot Yoga is expected to become one of the most popular “new” exercises.

By Emily Duschl

Exercising in over 100 degree temperatures can be deadly. Heatstroke, heart attack, and even death can be caused by over exposure to extreme heat. So why in the world would anyone ever attempt Hot Yoga?

Hot Yoga, originally known as Bikram, was first seen in India. There, people would gather inside of temples, in the sweltering heat, and perform different stretches and meditation, which eventually became known as Yoga. Today, Hot Yoga is a special type of exercise where people gather in well insulated rooms to perform traditional yoga in extreme temperatures; some up to 105 degrees. Junior Allison Summers recently attempted Hot Yoga, and remarks, “Not even my super strength deodorant could save me from Hot Yoga. I took about 10 showers afterwards.”

While Hot Yoga isn’t for everyone, Tori Clark, also a junior says, “I had a blast. Yea it was hot, but you feel so refreshed and healthy afterwards.” Doctors and health experts advise that though Hot Yoga is technically a safe way to exercise, there are certain precautions a person should adhere to stay safe. Experts advise people to stay extremely hydrated, up to 72 hours before hand, and to wear very light, breathable clothing to Hot Yoga sessions. Additionally, people should be in relatively good shape before trying Hot Yoga, as it is considered an extreme exercise.

Hot Yoga is not only a fun and intense way to exercise, it also has some very important health benefits. Studies have shown that Hot Yoga helps increase flexibility even more than regular yoga. Experts say that the additional heat helps keep muscles warm and loose, therefore making it easier to stretch effectively. Hot Yoga is also said to improve strength and posture, something Junior Lexi Eastburn found out for herself recently. “I loved Hot Yoga, and after going a couple of times I defiantly felt stronger and more flexible. My muscles felt great.” Studies also suggest that hot Yoga can be beneficial to other health problems, some as serious as Cardio Vascular and Pulmonary diseases or conditions.

However, not everyone is a fan of Hot Yoga. Blogger Jessica Grover writes that Hot Yoga manipulates body temperatures too much, and that that can be dangerous to a person’s health. Additionally she writes that Hot Yoga can cause excess stress on muscles, making it hard to perform daily tasks later on.

Though it is widely agreed by most health and yoga experts that Hot Yoga has more health benefits than it does health cons, it may not be for everyone. Hot Yoga tests your mind and body’s limits and can prove to be too much for some people. However, if you’re up for the challenge, there are Hot Yoga studios popping up everywhere that would be happy to have you.



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