Anyone who has ever tried yoga know how rewardingly challenging it is to hold a pose. But how about doing it with the room temperature cranked up? What are the benefits of what is commonly referred to as ‘’hot yoga’’? What is the difference between different types of hot yoga, such as Bikram or hot Vinyasa?
This article will outline some of the benefits of hot yoga and suggest a few outstanding hot yoga classes in Downtown San Diego, near Gaslamp and other locations in San Diego.
There are numerous benefits of yoga. In addition to these benefits, doing hot yoga (that is, practicing yoga in a studio heated to around 90 degrees) increases the pulse rate and metabolism, enhancing the flexibility of blood vessels. As a result, the body burns more calories.
As the blood vessels become more flexible and metabolism runs faster, the blood flow to the limbs increases. Overall circulation improves, which reduces the risk of blood clots in the long run.
Doing hot yoga (Bikram, hot Vinyasa, and other practices) is similar to spending time in a sauna because it enables you to literally sweat out the toxins from your body. The boost in circulation also has a positive effect on the lymphatic system.
Your lymphatic system is extremely important because it literally ‘’cleanses’’ your blood. Actually, the fluid squeezed from our blood (called lymph) transports waste such as toxins to our lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered before it returns to the bloodstream. So, the more functional the lymphatic system, the healthier the blood, and the whole body.
Hoy yoga is a perfect example and embodiment of the ‘’mind over matter’’ philosophy. During a hot yoga class, one pose is linked to the next in an almost dance-like flow. The repetitiveness of a Bikram yoga session allows you to enjoy the same pose more with each new repetition, until it becomes instinctive. The flow of the exercise is soothing and utterly relaxing.
Also, once you’ve experienced the endorphin-rush after a Bikram hot yoga or hot Vinyasa session, you will want nothing else!
Fit Downtown San Diego and Solana Beach locations offer popular hot yoga classes such as Vinyasa Mixed (Fit SD and Fit SB), Heated Inversion Flow (Fit SD) and Hot Vinyasa (Fit SD). Our Hot Yoga class offered at Fit Downtown San Diego is a blend of Bikram and traditional-style yoga. You can try them out with our Free Pass and choose the one you like best!
All Fit hot yoga classes are led by certified yoga instructors who also specialize in behavioral change. Join us today and make a step towards a positive lifestyle change with yoga!