You may think of yoga just as a series of out of this world bends and stretches that can help elongate the body. This is true but a type of yoga that is becoming quite a fad and is showing an increased number of results is hot yoga. It is a type of yoga that uses hotter climates and may cause an intense sweat bath but it can help the muscles bend a little easier than they normally would in a colder climate environment. This makes the poses easier to do because it increases flexibility. So you can drop it like it is hot and do those lunges and poses in a way that will even further stimulate your muscles.

Hot yoga is synonymously known as Bikram yoga. It is called this because it is a technique that was developed by a person named Bikram Choudhury. Hot yoga is typically performed in a studio that is heated to approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity is high at around 30 to 40 percent and the workout is extremely vigorous. Since it came to the United States in the 1970s, it has only recently become a fad type of workout but it is likely a fad that is here to stay with numerous hot yoga studios popping up across the nation.

What do you need when doing hot yoga besides comfortable clothing and a mat? (By the way, keep those clothes skimpy if you are comfortable with it. Think sports bra, tank tops and cropped pants). It is best to have a bottle of water and a nice large towel that can absorb your sweat. It is recommended to bring up to a quart of water with you to a hot yoga class in order to keep hydrated. Keep drinking the water during the class as well as afterwards. Skip hot yoga class if you have had an evening of drinking alcohol.


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