Turn up the heat and get in shape

Many BSM students have grown attached to a new trend: hot yoga. Hot yoga is exactly how it sounds; it’s just normal yoga but in a heated room. There are countless health benefits to this kind of yoga, including increased flexibility and energy.


Alexis Hoedeman

Senior Mikaela Potter tries out some hot yoga to get in shape.

Caroline Appleby, Staff Writer

A hot yoga room is typically set at a temperature between 100 and 105 degrees. This extreme heat has shown immense benefits; the high temperature makes the body sweat, which releases toxins within the body. While it takes longer to sweat under normal conditions, exercising in a hot room speeds up the healthy process.

Another benefit of hot yoga is increased flexibility. Flexibility affects almost all actions one makes throughout the day. By increasing one’s flexibility, it is easier to get out of bed in the morning and easier to bend down to tie your shoes. Although these may seem like simple routines, you will feel better after engaging in harder activities such as heavy lifting.

Increasing flexibility also decreases the risk to injury. Having flexible muscles can prevent acute injuries by gently stretching the muscle through its range before exercise. It also can helps your posture and by being more flexible you are more likely to sit up straighter. By increasing your flexibility and posture it helps decrease lower back pain.

“I do hot yoga because I don’t do a winter sport so it is important to stay in shape during the winter. The class a stress reliever and stretches you out,” Junior Taylor Madison said. “I go to hot yoga at core power in St. Louis Park.”

In addition, hot yoga increases energy, especially during winter months when you don’t feel like doing anything than staying home and watching Netflix by doing yoga either before or after school, it rejuvenates the body. Studies show that some yoga poses reduce fatigue and increase the hormone Cortisol, which prevents stress and inflammatory in your body.

If you are thinking about coming to a hot yoga class, it is important to know the levels of the class matches with your capability. Places such as Lifetime or Corepower offer different levels of hot yoga classes ranging from slow-moving and easy sessions to fast-paced, challenging classes. Before class, it is important to eat healthy, stay clean, and drink water before, during, and after class, due to risk of dehydration. If done properly, the benefits can outweigh the and be on a track for a healthier lifestyle.