How to get the maximum health benefit from Hot Yoga
Article by Bernabe Constantino
Although Hot Yoga has only recently become popular in western cultures, it is a practice which has been in existence for hundreds of years within India. Many people now become students of Hot Yoga because of the amplified set of health benefits that results from the difference in heat. Conducted in a ‘hot room’, hot yoga provides students with a multitude of health benefits. Here are 5 ways for students to maximise health benefits obtained from Hot Yoga.
1. Follow a class plan religiously. Attending hot yoga classes every so often is good, but it will not be consistent enough in your lifestyle to have a positive impact. Try and attend a hot yoga class at least twice a week, so that your body becomes used to the heat and stretches being conducted on a regular basis. 2. Eat a well balanced dietWith any healthly lifestyle and exercise programme, a well balanced diet is paramount. Your diet must contain lots of complex carbohydrates and proteins, allowing the body to refuel itself and repair torn muscle fibres. Having simple carbohydrates such as fruit is a quick way of gaining energy, just before a class or just after (to regain energy quickly). Ensure your fat intake is low and your fibre intake is high, allowing your food to be broken up and used more efficiently.
3. stretch your muscles outside of the hot yoga classBy allowing your body to become supple outside of the class in normal temperatures, you will be able to see bigger differences in your flexibility in the hot classes you attend. This will allow you to push beyond your boundaries, allowing your body to become more supple and muscles more stronger.
4. Attend other types of Yoga classesAshtanga Yoga classes or Hatha Yoga classes are other popular forms of Yoga, based on the health benefits that they promote. Mix up your weekly routine by attending these other classes, aswell as flow classes which require you to continue yoga movements in sequence, making the class more challenging.
5. Drink 2 litres of water per daydrinking plenty of water allows toxins to be flushed out of your system and more importantly for your body to be correctly hydrated at all times. The slightest bit of dehydration can cause you to underperform and not reach your full potential, so make sure you drink 2 litres of water per day, as well as taking a bottle of water to your hot yoga class.
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