Much of the research into the physical benefits of the Original Hot 90-minute yoga class is anecdotal, with practitioners testifying that it helps address their back pain, eliminate the need for costly surgeries, reduce their dependence on prescribed medications, etc.
There are far fewer scientific studies that have proven these claims, but they are out there!
An article published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine summarized the findings of the studies that had been to date.
The research confirms that Original Hot Yoga improves range of motion, single-leg balance and strength.
It is also considered an alternative to more traditional exercise for its effects on blood lipids, insulin resistance and glucose tolerance, making it a viable option for those who want to address related health conditions without medicines.
Another study conducted by researchers at Colorado State University found participants in the study showed elevated heart rates (160 bpm on average) and higher core temperatures (about 100 F), but both were in a safe range.
Caloric burn during a hot yoga session can be about 300 up to about 500 based on several factors, including age, weight, body mass, experience and motivation.
It is classified as a moderate-intensity exercise, equivalent to walking briskly for a full 90 minutes.
If you haven’t tried the 90-minute class, do your body and your mind a favor and take it!
You have five opportunities every week to work it into your schedule and see what it’s all about!