Yoga is one of the most low impact forms of exercises. It aids in flexibility and joint health, and while there are some more strenuous forms of yoga, most do not seem to offer the weight loss solutions that people are looking for.
But if you are someone who enjoys the relaxing aspects of yoga and still want to lose weight, you don’t have to seek out two different regimens to be satisfied. With Hot Yoga, you can still enjoy the serenity and peace of yoga while still working to drop the pounds.
The way that Hot Yoga works is by taking place in a room that is hot or humid. This raised temperature helps the body to burn more calories as you work. It is also said to be beneficial for flexibility, helping your muscles to stay loose and limber during the entire work out or set of poses.
This is done not only to help you sweat and burn calories, but also to mimic the places where these yoga poses were created. As most of these yoga traditions come from the more humid areas in India, Hot Yoga does its best to recreate the same environment for users all around the world.
There are several different kinds of Hot Yoga that are currently being practiced. The most common is Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga was first introduced in the United States in the 1970s, and it is the most widely practiced form of Hot Yoga in the US today. In most cases, when someone is speaking about Hot Yoga, they are most likely speaking about the practices of Bikram Yoga.
Forrest Yoga is a variation of yoga that ties in spirituality. Forrest Yoga uses the asanas of yoga with the chanting and breathing techniques of Native American culture. These techniques are meant to help you connect further with nature and to be able to find peace and joy within yourself. Though not explicitly created for use with Hot Yoga, Forrest Yoga is another popular variety of Hot Yoga.
Power Yoga is for those who are looking to work out every muscle while doing their yoga poses. Power Yoga was created specifically for use with Hot Yoga techniques, allowing you to make the most out of every minute of your poses and routines, helping you to lose weight. The poses and sequences used in Power Yoga are taken from the Ashtanga Vinyasa style of yoga which is very big on breathing techniques.
TriBalance Yoga is considered a form of Hot Yoga, though it is actually marginally different. While TriBalance Yoga is done in the warmer temperatures, it is not usually done with the same level of humidity as most other varieties of Hot Yoga. The temperature setting in TriBalance Yoga is also a little bit higher than those used in Bikram Hot Yoga. This can make it easier for newer practitioners to use, as opposed to the heavily humid types of Hot Yoga, which make take some getting used to.
March 18, 2013
Exercise & Fitness