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10 Reasons To Try Hot Yoga

Updated on April 8, 2011

What is hot yoga?

Hot yoga describes yoga practiced in a heated room. There are various styles of yoga done in this manner including Bikram and Vinyasa yoga. Hot yoga is quickly gaining popularity alongside other health-promoting practices such as pilates and tai chi as more and more establishments are offering these types of classes. Newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike reap benefits from the unique heated experience.

Having recently completed my first hot yoga session, I'll share 10 reasons why I think hot yoga is worth a go. Being more of the home yoga-dvd type myself, this comes from the perspective of a relative newbie.

*Please note: It is very important to check in with your healthcare provider before starting any kind of exercise program or regimen. In the case of hot yoga, some may be extra sensitive to higher temperatures while certain medical conditions may prohibit others from engaging in the practice. This is between you and your healthcare provider and should not be overlooked.


10 Reasons To Try Hot Yoga

In no particular order:

  1. Experience a piece of the diversity found in the realm of yoga. Don't overlook the spicy addition hot yoga contributes to the "masala" of yoga styles practiced the world over.
  2. Take your usual yoga practice to new heights with the challenging addition of heat and a new environment. Workout, anyone?
  3. Give your brain a stimulating boost by learning something new or enhancing preexisting knowledge. Let your neurons go wild with the introduction of a different pose or finally nailing one you've been working on.
  4. Feel your body relax with the therapeutic effects of heat that facilitate stretching and range of motion.
  5. Increase flexibility and strength throughout your body.
  6. Put substance behind those new year's resolutions to shape up and get yourself ready for the upcoming summer months.
  7. Sweat out some stress as you focus on breathing into the poses and being mindful amidst the surrounding heat.
  8. Bond with friends, family or significant others over the shared experience of practicing hot yoga together. I guarantee you'll have something conversational to express with one another once your session concludes.
  9. Do something positive for your health by seeking the heat and workout of hot yoga in lieu of a sedentary round of something like popcorn and a movie viewing, and all for practically the same price (generally speaking).
  10. Once you do it, you can say that you tried it, and you'll know if hot yoga is something that you'd like to include more in your own near future. Life is short so live and learn, and have fun!


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      Goso 6 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I also just started doing hot yoga and it's amazing!! You go for getting the word out! :)

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      abbijohns 6 years ago

      Great inspiration to give hot yoga a try!

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      sharing the sky 7 years ago from United States

      Om-thanks for stopping by! I know hot yoga isn't for everyone but kudos to you for at least trying it out. I like both styles and the fact that you need very little to practice yoga as it is.

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Hi! Nice job on this hub. I have tried hot yoga. It was pretty interesting and intense, but I have to say I prefer practicing yoga in a cooler temperature. A close friend of mine, on the other hand, really enjoys hot yoga and has become quite addicted to it. :)

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      sharing the sky 7 years ago from United States

      Hi Walter, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad to hear about your experiences with hot yoga and how it's positively impacted you and your wife. There's definitely something to be said about coming together in the pursuit of revitalizing the mind and body. Best wishes for a future yoga center!

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      sharing the sky 7 years ago from United States

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for the helpful yoga clothing links! Having appropriate clothing or at least knowing what to wear is definitely a part of the big yoga picture. It's nice to know there are fun, functional and fashionable options available.

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      Walter Tully 7 years ago

      #8 is true! My wife and I joined our friends in a yoga event here in Denver last year, and the experience was amazing. We got to bond, share life stories, and exchange tips on raising kids. I didn't know that yoga could have such a positive impact in both your body and mind. In fact, my wife enjoyed it so much that she's planning to build a yoga center here in Colorado. I hope it pushes through.

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      Joe Polidori 7 years ago

      Hey I noticed that you put on Shakti Activewear as a good choice for yoga clothing. Definitely agree! Some other good clothing lines are:


      Mika Yoga Wear


      All are perfect for hot yoga and bikram yoga. Enjoy!