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Hot Yoga is a vigorous, heart-pumping class performed under humid and hot conditions. It is most commonly associated with the Bikram and Power Vinyasa Flow styles of yoga. The heated room serves as an aid with increasing flexibility, allowing students to access deeper bends and twists. The heat also facilitates detoxification through sweat. Hot Yoga was designed to replicate the humidity and heat of South India, where most styles of yoga were developed.
What to expect
During a Hot Yoga class, students can expect to sweat. The high temperature and humidity facilitates movement into certain poses, while also providing cardiovascular benefits. Depending on the style of yoga being praticed under such heated conditions, it can range in difficulty from moderately challenging to vigorous.
The Bikram style of Hot Yoga was introduced in the U.S. during the early 1970s by Bikram Choudhury, and is credited with popularizing the style of Hot Yoga.