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It’s no secret that Hot Yoga is popular. Celebrities, athletes, even busy moms are flocking to studios. Hot yoga is designed for everyone, truly anyone can do it. Unlike Bikram, hot yoga isn’t based on of the same 26-posture series. Instead, it tends to be more of a flowing vinyasa style practice, linking one pose to the next like a carefully choreographed dance. Here are 10 great benefits from a 90-minute beginner hot yoga class:

1. Flexibility:

First thing to remember: Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about strengthening and your body and aligning your spine. However, increased flexibility is an evident benefit to practicing Bikram or hot yoga. The heat will allow you to safely reach new levels of flexibility, even in beginner’s postures. The heat will make your muscles more elastic, allowing you to fold and flex much deeper.

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2. Strength:

Hot yoga is low impact and uses tiny muscles you didn’t know you had, building muscle tone.  Spine strength is a primary focus within hot yoga which is the key to a long healthy life! While physical strength is a great benefit, we often lose sight of the emotional strength gained from hot yoga. The practice is the true definition of mind over matter and the endorphin rush after completing a session will leave you feeling like there’s nothing you can’t do!

3. Breath:

If there is no breathing, there is no yoga. The definition of Hatha Yoga asana is: stillness in a posture while breathing normally. With the added element of the heat, you have to breathe deeply, yet controlled! This breath strengthens your heart and lungs, improving lung function. It won’t take long before you learn to breathe in a full and controlled manner and you’ll breathe easier and deeper than you ever have before. 

4. Detox:

The yoga postures themselves are detoxifying for your muscles, organs, and glands, but sweating furthers the detoxification process. Many postures compress and work the thyroid, helping to regulate the gland and balance thyroid levels. The way you stretch and compress your internal organs and glands stimulates metabolism and increases your energy, so you feel better and burn more calories outside the room.

5. Healing:

The primary purpose of this yoga is therapy. With a regular practice, these postures can help to heal old injuries and also prevent them in the future. This is especially true for, but not limited to, back pain. Don’t skip the postures that are slightly uncomfortable. Many poses are designed to work the spine in every direction, creating a healthy spine and thus a healthy nervous system. Hot Yoga is also known to reduce symptoms of conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity. Try a hot yoga class. You’ve got nothing to lose! As you advance, you gain tremendous focus and determination. The ability to focus carries over to your daily life. When you can focus on the task at hand, you’ll excel and you can enjoy life more.

And of course, make sure you’re ready to take on the heat with BaliniSports yoga apparel! My personal favorite is the Fiona Yoga Jersey paired with the Angel Booty Shorts. The fabric is lightweight, breathable and moves with you allowing you to focus on reaping the amazing benefits of hot yoga.

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