Experts warn that the increasingly popular form of yoga, the “hot yoga“, when the room temperature is warmed to 32 or even 40 degrees Celsius before classes, is not useful for everyone.
The tension of the body, associated with high temperature of the environment, may be unsafe for people with certain medical conditions.
Instructor Diana Zotos, who is working in the rehabilitation department of a New York hospital, warns that if you have any sensitivity to heat (e.g. you have had a heat stroke at least once, and you felt tiredness, dizziness or dehydration) you should consult with your doctor before starting to practice this form of yoga. Any person, who suffers from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle pain or joint pain, should pay attention to this issue. First of all, this is due to the fact that the heated environment of the classroom with hot yoga can create a false sense of flexibility. As a result, an untrained person can strain muscles, damage joints, ligaments, and cartilage.
In addition, a consultation is required for those, who suffer from high or low blood pressure and various heart diseases. They should first of all consult a cardiologist. One should not become engaged in “hot yoga” at the age over 40 years, as well as without any experience in Eastern practices.
“Hot Yoga” is aimed at weight loss, removal of toxins, strengthening the body, developing of physical endurance and mental relaxation.