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Why so frickin hot?!
Here are reasons why we love the heat and why you will to … we promise!

  • Hot yoga classes are held in a studio that is heated to apporximately 95 degrees and up – depending on the type of class.
  • The heat warms the body’s muscles and joints, encouraging blood flow and helping protect the body’s muscles while stretching.
  • Muscles, faster, and connective tissue become more elastic allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury.
  • Promotes sweating, which assists the detox process using the body’s largest eliminating organ – the skin.
  • Blood becomes thinner, clearing the circulatory system.
  • When the body is warm, T-cell output from the thymus gland is multiplied 20 fold. T-cells fight infection, in turn, keeping the immune system functioning properly.
  • Warmer temperatures produce a fluid-like stretch that allows for greater range of motion in the joints.
  • Heart rate becomes elevated, thus improving the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs).
  • Warm muscles burn fat more effectively. When we stretch, the fat has no room to sit so it redistributes to the blood stream which we then use as energy.
  • Capillaries respond to heat by dilating. This allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues, glands and organs, adding in elimination.
  • Higher temps improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or spinal cord (you think more clearly!).
  • Improves strength because proteins are utilized more effectively.
  • Speed up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
  • Provides strengthening of willpower, self control, and determination through such a challenging environment!