Yoga has been quite popular as a form of exercise. There are so many benefits, not only for physical health but for mental health as well. It works for strengthening, reducing chronic pain, as well as helping those who suffer from insomnia. Other benefits include increased flexibility, muscle tone, respiration, energy levels, balanced metabolism, weight reduction, and improved cardio and circulatory health. From a mental health perspective, it helps with managing stress. As we know, stress manifests itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, drug abuse, headaches, inability to concentrate, and sleep troubles. The incorporation of meditation and focused breathing has touted to help many with their mental well-being. It creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves stress, relaxes the mind, and sharpens concentration.
It has been said that practicing yoga in a hotter temperature environment can be even more beneficial. The warmer environment can help with increasing your flexibility to achieve a deeper stretch, flushing toxins from your body, improves the efficiency of your immune system, burns more calories, and creates a cardio workout.
Heading to a hot yoga studio regularly can get quite pricey. An alternative to that is to create a space in your own home for you to engage in hot yoga.
Luckily, you don’t need too much room in order to do hot yoga, just a large enough space for you to pose and lay down your mat. Ideally, the space isn’t carpeted since there will be a lot of sweating involved. The smaller the room, the quicker it’ll be to heat up to the temperature.
The most important part of hot yoga is the hot part! A space heater for the room as well as a humidifier will help to create the ideal hot yoga environment. You might also opt to light some candles or use an essential oil diffuser to set up the room.
Some people say that their bathroom is the best place for them. They have a hot shower running or draw a hot bath and leverage the steam to heat up the room.
It’s also important to keep hydrated throughout your practice! Keep drinking water next to your mat and keep on taking sips of water throughout the session. Especially as your body is perspiring, you’ll need to replenish.
Continue to tweak your space and eventually you’ll settle into your perfect home setting for hot yoga!