Top 5 Reasons to Try HOT Yoga: By Guest Blogger

hot yoaA friend of mine suggested we try Hot Yoga. I’d been researching it for a while, and wanted to try it; but never followed through with it. It has now been 2 months and I now have a love/hate relationship with hot yoga (formally called Bikram Yoga).

What is Bikram Hot Yoga?:

  • 90 minute workout
  • 105 – 110 degree temperature
  • Humidity of 40-50%
  • Consist of breathing exercises + 26 postures
  • Works every muscle, ligament and joint in your body

When I tell people that I do Hot Yoga, they look at me like I’m crazy. The first thing they ask is “Since when do black girls do Hot Yoga?” or “What about your hair?” I just laugh; although my hair was a MAJOR concern of mine initially. My first day of class was after work. My hair was braided and I wore long black yoga pants, and matching black racer-back fitted top. By the end of class, my braids were sweating and my clothes were soaked; as if I’d just finished swimming in a pool fully clothed. After class, I could barely speak, I felt like I was dying a slow death. After gathering myself and driving back home, I didn’t even want to enter into my house with my clothes on; nor did I want to put them in my hamper. All I wanted was a shower and then my bed.

The next morning, I felt like I had the combined strength of the Power Rangers. I felt so relaxed and my body felt good. It was the best feeling EVER!    

Here is my Top 5 Reasons You Should Try HOT YOGA:

1.      You can lose weight

2.      Detoxification/ Cleansing of impurities

3.      Increases flexibility

4.      Heals injuries, aches and pains of the body

5.      Bragging rights- How many people can say they worked out in 110 degree temperature :)

*Disclaimer* Hot Yoga will cause excessive sweating- Extreme heat can cause dehydration. It is important stay hydrated throughout the day, sip water during the class, and after class I suggest a sports drink with electrolytes to refuel your body.

Hot Yoga has become my outlet from stress and has been a tool to unwind and relax. There are days when I feel sluggish or stressed that I force myself to go to yoga class so that I can release the physical and emotional toxins in my body. Hot Yoga is the new wave!

Have you tried it?

~Shene’ V. Owens- Guest Blogger

*photo credit http://www.thebikramyoga.net/advanced-bikram-yoga-poses/ *