DETOX AND WORKOUT AT THE SAME TIME!
Hot Yoga usually takes place in a room which is heated up to a maximum of 40 degrees cen-tigrade (104 F) and this is the concept at the heart of the Yoga workout which is now sweep-ing the United Arab Emirates.
Hot Yoga was first developed by Bikram Choudrey who is the founder of ‘The Yoga College’ India, and became popular originally in the 1970’s . At the time it was called ‘Bikram Yoga’. ’Hot Yoga’ is an offshoot of Bikram Yoga which utilises 26 Yoga poses. Since then many oth-er styles of Hot Yoga have developed, each with their own unique flavour, so classes can vary quite a bit.
As the name suggests the Yoga class is undertaken in extreme heat.
Benefits Of Hot Yoga
Hot Yoga promotes sweating and fans say this can aide weight loss. Many believe that it helps their body to detox as you may sweat out toxins. Bikram Choudrey claims it is an excellent health booster which can help prevent many diseases of the body and promote long life.
As yet there is little scientific evidence to back up these claims, however Hot Yoga is popular with millions of people worldwide.
What To Expect?
Classes typically last for 90 minutes and as with all Yoga classes silence and mindfulness are practiced while you are in the studio. Teachings styles vary. We suggest you try a few different classes to find one that suits you.
Visit ‘The Yoga Finder’ to find your nearest Hot Yoga class -
Pro Tip: Don’t eat anything for 3 hours before your Hot Yoga class to prevent the risk of nausea.
Are There Any Risks Associated With Hot Yoga?
In short there are risks associated with Hot Yoga. Dehydration, hyperthermia, nausia, dizziness, fainting and heat stroke are all cited as risks, however although this sounds alarming, the truth is that most classes are well managed to prevent any problems occurring, and serious incidents are very rare.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or you are taking medication, check with your Doctor before undertaking a Hot Yoga class. These classes are not advised for pregnant women.
Tips To Enjoy Your Hot Yoga Class
- Stay well hydrated and be sure to bring plenty of water to your class.
- Bring your own mat - after all there is a lot of sweating!
- Check out classes in your area to find one that is suitable for you.
- Go have a try, what have you got to lose?
Where To Do Bikram Yoga
For all types of Hot Yoga classes try The Hot House Health Club in Abu Dhabi - http://thehothouseuae.com - they also offer a prenatal Yoga class option.
Pure Bikram Yoga is available at Club Stretch, which has two branches in Dubai, you can visit their website here: http://www.clubstretch.ae/bikram_yoga_in_dubai.html
Also The Yoga Hub offers a range of Hot Yoga classes in Dubai http://www.yogahubuae.com
There are many other Yoga studios which offer hot Yoga in the UEA, use Yoga Finder to find your nearest one - http://www.yogafinder.com/yoga.cfm?yogacountry=united%20arab%20emirates&yogacity=Dubai
Author: Julie Ritchie
Author Bio: Julie is a qualified Personal Trainer who spent many years teaching Zumba, Fitness Pilates, Pole Fitness and offering weight loss coaching. She is a fan of the natural approach to fitness and enjoys exercising and eating for pleasure and health.