Studios advertising “hot yoga” have become popular almost everywhere. Hot yoga, or “Bikram” style yoga, is a specific type of yoga that includes a series of 26 postures that are practiced in a hot, humid room. According to the Mayo clinic, the optimal temperature for hot yoga is 105 degrees F and the humidity is 40 percent. The sweat-inducing environment is thought to help the muscles relax into the challenging postures.
Hot Yoga at Home
Not very many people can replicate the environment of a hot yoga studio, but those who are fortunate enough to have a gas fireplace in their home can do it with a little practice. A gas fireplace makes it easy to raise the temperature in just one room without heating up the entire house. Doing hot yoga at home saves time, saves expensive yoga studio fees, and leads to improved health. It’s not very often a home heating appliance can assist in your fitness goals, but in the case of hot yoga, a fireplace can actually become an important part of your workout. Use the fireplace’s internal control or handheld remote to set the thermostat to the desired temperature. Along with a cool-mist humidifier you can easily turn your living room into a temporary yoga studio.If your home has a dedicated home-gym — even if it’s the garage — the addition of a gas or electric fireplace can not only make the space viable for hot yoga, but the presence of an inviting fireplace might help motivate you to exercise more regularly.
Benefits of Hot Yoga
Yoga has been practiced in some form or another for thousands of years. For some people it’s a spiritual philosophy, but yoga is also popular as a form of exercise because of the many health benefits it offers. According to Yoga Anonymous, hot yoga can improve health in many ways:
- Increased flexibility
- Improved muscle strength
- Better breath control
- It’s a cardiovascular workout
- Sweating helps the body rid itself of toxins
- Improved mental focus
- Reducing or eliminating pain and illness
If you’ve been wanting to try hot yoga but can’t afford the studio fees or don’t want to hassle with classes, stay home and crank up your gas fireplace instead.