Hot Yoga will get you your Summer Body this Summer

Do you feel that yoga is not just burning enough calories? Do you want to burn more calories but can’t spend more time? Well, say no more, because I got you.

Ladies and Gentlemen, with all my honour, I present to you Hot Yoga. No, it is not a sex position, neither some kind of a dance. 

Hot Yoga is a sequence of 26 yoga poses which is performed at a temperature of 90 – 105 degree Fahrenheit for 90 minutes. 

Traditionally, it is done without music and in a very serious way, but I say, why not add music to the workout.

Idea behind it

In 1972, while teaching Yoga in California, Bikram Chaudhary thought that as yoga was originated in India, why not replicate the Indian climate for better results?

It turned out to be a great idea, which increased the efficiency of the workout.


I can go on and tell you how it increases bone density, bloop lipids and mindfulness. There is a long list. 

But let me tell you HOW does it benefit you.


Everyone has been trying to focus on increasing lung capacity since the Covid started. So here is your chance. 

When we are in a hot room, it is hard to breathe, and then adding yoga on the top of it adds so much pressure on the lungs. Your lungs’ capacity develops and they start retaining more air. We start to take deeper breaths and push our limits to expand more, which means oxygen party for our bloodstreams. 


The heat makes our muscles more pliable. The steams temporarily increases the range of motion of your body. 



Kicking stress out of the window and relaxing is one of the main reasons why people do yoga. And Yoga outside in the greens sounds much more chilling than in a hot room.

Well, when you’re in that studio, doing Hot Yoga, you will realise that even breathing feels like a workout, and even when you rest you will focus on breathing and the storm in your brain will take some rest.


The steam facial is known for improving the quality of skin more than a lot of high range products. Steam rooms and saunas have gained popularity in the beauty industry as well because steam is known to detoxify your skin. 

Well, the Hot Yoga studio also works similarly for your skin.


In comparison to normal yoga, your heart rate increases more in Hot Yoga. Just sitting in a hot room like saunas or steam rooms can burn up some calories, then adding Yoga on the top of it makes it a complete package.

So, it is like Yoga but a little more intense. Turning up the temperature by few degrees is like challenging our body to the next level.

How can you do it at home?

Now you must be pumped to practice Hot Yoga and see the results for yourselves. But then you remember we are in the middle of a pandemic and it’s practically impossible to find a Hot Yoga studio that is open. 

Well, I say do it at your home.

In times of pandemic, I may say that humidifier or steamer is an essential commodity and it is accessible to everyone. 

Now, all you have to do is switch on that steamer for a couple of minutes(depending upon the size of the room). You may add essential oils if you like, it is optional.

That’s it. Our room for Hot Yoga is ready. Now all you have to do is turn up the music and begin with Yoga poses.

But wait…

I would highly recommend that you practice those 26 yoga poses in normal conditions before entering the Hot Studio. And also, for a few days expose yourself to the heated room without any workout. Gradually start working out and increase the number of poses.


Do not skip the water breaks. It is very important. Drink the water in between if you feel thirsty. Don’t forget that you’re working out in a steam room, it is easy to dehydrate when you’re sweating so much.


Shorter the clother, the more your skin will be able to breathe in ho tand humid conditions. Believe me, you don’t want to block your skin pores while sweating.


If you’re feeling exhausted, take a break, drink water, or maybe enough for one day. Taking things slow is the best tactic for practising Hot Yoga.

Please refrain from Hot Yoga and other intense workouts if you’re:

  • Pregnant
  • Diabetic
  • Cardiovascular patient
  • Sleep-deprived

Or if you have

  •  respiratory diseases 
  • eating disorders
  • Or any heat-related illness

The Bottom Line

Hot Yoga is a great workout to burn more calories within the same period. But do not over push yourself, just to burn few more calories. You should know your capacity. You should realise that you can increase your capacity over a while, not in a day. Hot Yoga is a healthy lifestyle practice if done properly. 




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