Deal With Stress

Discover Your Inner Peace with Hot Yoga

yoga_03Between work, school, home and play there’s plenty to be stressed out about. It’s easy to get wrapped around tomorrow’s big meeting or that teacher/parent conference you have to attend next week. But what it really comes down to is how you cope and recharge yourself for these daily tasks and obligations. Without an outlet to unwind, of course you’ll probably be a bunch of nerves; irritable and anxious for tomorrow’s new daunting tasks.

So, take a breather and give yourself a chance to relax. And if you haven’t tried it yet, consider trying a hot yoga class to recharge your mind, body and spirit.

Popular Hot Yoga Styles:

There are two different forms of popular hot yoga classes worth considering to discover your inner peace:

1)      Bikram Yoga

  • The class is 90 minutes long; held in a room that is heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a 40% humidity
  • It involves 26 postures with two “Pranayama” breathing exercises
  • Bikram yoga is instructed without music, hands-on instruction and student-to-student interaction
  • True Bikram yoga studios have to be affiliated with Bikram Choudhury and trainers must be specially trained


2)      Heated Vinyasa Yoga

  • The word Vinyasa roughly translates to “linking breath with movement”
  • In heated Vinyasa yoga, the room is slightly cooler than in Bikram yoga at 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • It does not include Bikram yoga’s 26 postures types; rather its style is more fluid and dance like— flowing from one position to the next
  • Heated Vinyasa yoga classes can have music and special lighting for relaxation and meditation; as well as hands-on instruction and student involvement


Benefits of Doing Hot Yoga:

There are numerous benefits of doing Bikram or heated Vinyasa yoga; both have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental health. The hot room temperatures detox the body and also increase metabolism rates. Higher temperatures also let blood vessels expand, allowing muscle relaxation. Relaxed muscles mean extra fluidity in motion.

Through regular classes, hot yoga increases flexibility, balance, strength and endurance. Both are great options to relieve muscle tightness, arthritic pain and even asthma symptoms. The mental benefits of either yoga style are equally as impressive; each can greatly reduce stress, blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia.

Hot yoga is more than fancy postures and breathing— it’s a “cure all” outlet. When there’s plenty to be worked up about, it’s in the real moments of inner peace that we find ourselves again. Hot yoga could be that for you.


Andrea Fisher is an online marketer and content specialist for She has been published in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Business Insider.

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