Hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. “Hot yoga” is used to describe any yoga or yoga-inspired fitness styles that use heat. Hot yoga typically leads to profuse sweating.
Forrest Yoga is a modern Hatha yoga style developed by Ana T. Forrest. This specific style focuses on holding poses for a longer duration of time. The repetition of 20 specific poses accentuates the stretch equally on each side of the body. Another form is practicing yin yoga in a warm room. Yin is a slow-paced yoga practice with fewer postures held for longer periods of time. Each pose can last anywhere from 1 minute to 5 minutes or longer.
Pregnant women are advised to avoid practicing yoga in extremely warm or humid conditions. When exposed to excessive heat while pregnant, there is an increased risk of over-exhaustion, muscle injury and cartilage and tissue damage. Hormones and fetal development affect blood pressure, making the mother more susceptible to fainting and light-headedness if exercising in a hot environment.
Bikram Yoga is a popular form of yoga that incorporates 26 poses and two breathing exercises along with a heated room, averaging at 40.6 degrees Celsius. Each class is 90 minutes and is the same sequence of moves throughout any Bikram class. The end of every class is followed by a 2 minute savasana (i.e. corpse pose). The heated environment is helpful to prepare the body for movement.
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