The health and wellbeing benefits of yoga are widely known. Yoga increases flexibility, promotes good posture, increases muscle strength, helps manage stress and offers respiratory and cardiovascular benefits. It’s no wonder millions of Americans now practice yoga as part of their regular workout regimen.
If you want to take things up a notch in your yoga practice, try some form of hot yoga. Some of the benefits of heated yoga are: improved flexibility and range of motion, release of toxins, improve weight loss benefits, and building the immune system.
There are lots of other forms of hot yoga such as Bikram, Moskha and Hot Power Yoga. Whichever type of hot yoga you try, it’s important to start off slow. Some teachers advice new students to simply sit in the heated room for the first session in order to acclimate to the intense heat and humidity.
Last, but certainly not least, you’ll need a couple of extra essentials for hot yoga sessions:
Hot yoga mat towel: needless to say, you will sweat A LOT when doing hot yoga. So much so that your yoga mat will be drenched and slippery without the help of a super-absorbent yoga mat towel over it. Pick one that’s long and wide enough to cover your entire yoga mat.
Moisture-wicking yoga clothes: choose yoga clothes that fit close to the body but allow a full range of movement. Quick-drying fabrics are always best. Most practitioners of hot yoga opt to wear shorts instead of yoga pants.