Why the heat?
10 Benefits of practising yoga in a heated studio
- Warm muscles burn fat more effectively.
- When we stretch fat it has nowhere to sit so it redistributes back to the blood stream to then be reused as energy.
- Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
- A warmer temperature produces a fluid like stretch that allows for greater range of motion in the joints.
- Heart rate becomes elevated which improves the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs).
- Blood becomes thinner clearing the circulatory system.
- Promotes sweating which assists the detoxification process using the body’s largest organ.
- Muscles, fascia and connective tissue become more elastic allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury.
- Capillaries respond to heat by dilating, this allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues glands and organs helping with the removal of waste products.
- Teaches you determination, and focus in a challenging environment.
In addition, the benefits of Bikram Yoga can include;
- Weight loss and toning
- Teaches breathing for lung capacity
- Builds strength and flexibility
- Balance and endurance
- Eliminates back pain
- A cardiovascular workout
- No negative impact forces
- Promotes better sleep
- Reduces stiffening in the joints
- Detoxes and cleanses
How often should I come to class?
Come to class as often as you can. Ideally, 5 times a week for the first 2 or 3 months. This gives your body a jump start, the maximum benefit. A daily practice can eventually relax into a regimen of 3 or 4 times a week. The harder this yoga is for you initially, the more you need to do it and the more you are going to benefit from it. Your investment will be returned to you tenfold.
Your body speaks
It is normal to feel sick, dizzy, and nauseous in class, especially for the beginner. The most important thing for you to do is breathe and just try the postures. Just do the best you can, resting when you feel the need. Learn to listen to your own body and take care of yourself in class. Drink lots of water before and after class to make sure you are well hydrated. A headache is a symptom of dehydration. It’s normal to feel tired or weepy after class to start with. This is due to physical and mental tension that has been released from the body during class.