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Why Bikram Yoga is Hot

Bikram yoga classes are held in a studio that is heated to 40 degrees Celsius. The heat in the yoga room helps warm the body’s muscles and joints, encouraging blood flow, and helping protect the body during stretching exercises and postures.


12 reasons to practice Bikram yoga in a hot room 


  • Muscles, fascia and connective tissue become more elastic allowing for greater flexibilty with less chance of injury
  • 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
  • Blood becomes thinner which clears the circulatory system
  • When the body is warm, T-cell output from the thymus gland is multiplied 20 fold. T-cells fight infection which in turn keeps 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 which improves the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs)
  • Capillaries respond to heat by dilating. This allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues, glands and organs helping in the removal of waste products
  • Higher temperatures 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 can be utilised more effectively
  • Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
  • Provides strengthening of willpower, self control and determination through the challenging environment

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