How can calories burned in hot yoga be beneficial? That is a question we recently ran across while researching yoga content; and an excellent form of yoga for a beginner to consider. First, however, it is important to understand what it is and the basics.
Hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga, was developed by Bikram Choudhury. He was born in Calcutta India in 1946 and began his yoga training at the very early age of four. His practice and study has led him to Yoga championships and to the founding of The Yoga College of India. This form of practice was introduced into the United States in the 1970’s.
What is Hot Yoga?
The term comes from the conditions that the exercises are performed in. The special rooms have a temperature of 105 degrees and have a constant 40% humidity factor. The heat combined with the high intensity aerobic workout uses 26 specially chosen poses that will cause you to sweat a lot. The number of calories burned in hot yoga will be between 475 – 600 per session, depending on your body weight and the amount of intensity put into it.
The exercise consists of going through the poses two times in a 90 minute workout. It uses your own body weight for resistance which increases body tone, strength, core stability, and more flexibility. Also, it will give you a great cardio-vascular workout, help your system cleanse itself of toxins, and reduce stress levels. It is also suggested that some other benefits include enhanced metabolism, better blood pressure readings, and the ability to concentrate and stay focused on tasks.
According to Wikipedia there are 26 poses which are as follows:
Toe Stand Pose
Full Locust Pose
Half Tortoise Pose
Standing Bow Pose
Hands to Feet Pose
Balancing Stick Pose
Wind Removing Pose
Standing Head to Knee Pose
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose
Half Moon Pose with Hands to Feet Pose
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose
Head to Knee Pose with Back Stretching Pose
Blowing In Firm Pose (lit. Skull Illuminating)
Standing Deep Breathing (lit. Breath Extension)
Fixed Firm Pose (lit. Reclining Thunderbolt Pose)
Spine Twisting Pose (lit. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)
Preparing for your First Class
All classes are taught by trained instructors that have been taught the proper procedures in Bikram yoga.
In preparation for the class try to at least drink a minimum of two liters of water a day for several days prior to your class. This will help keep you hydrated. If you drink large quantities of caffeinated drinks or eat mostly processed foods it can affect your body's ability to tolerate the heat, so please cut down on these items in preparation for class.
Be prepared to take a mat, a large bath or beach towel a wash cloth and a large bottle of water. Wear very loose and light clothing, such as a large t-shirt or tank tops and shorts. Since this is a very intense training class it is better to not eat for 3-4 hours before the class. The high temperature along with food on your stomach can cause dizziness and nausea.
Keep track of your sessions, the amount of time, the calories burned in hot yoga, and the pounds and inches that you will loose. In a few months you will be amazed at the results.
After your first session you may feel worn out, hungry, and filled with a new feeling of energy. Expect your muscles to be stiff in the following days showing signs that your muscles have been used. Be sure to stretch these muscles often. The key is to get back into the next session as soon as possible. Soon you will enjoy the feeling of stronger and well-toned muscles.
The following are just a few names that you might recognize who practice and count calories burned in hot yoga; Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Brooke Shields, Demi Moore, George Clooney, Pippa John McEnroe and Sarah Palin. They are great examples of how good a person can look doing this. You are not alone on your journey to a better lifestyle, and let their practice of counting calories burned in hot yoga be an encouragement and inspiration to you.
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