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Is hot yoga bad for you?

More than 36 million Americans practice yoga, and some like it hotpracticing in a room heated to 100 degrees or more. Hot yoga devotees love the intensity heat adds to the practice and claim the hot room aids flexibility and detoxification. Critics, however, say hot yoga can be dangerousdehydration, heatstroke, and injury are just a few of the risks. But practitioners say they reap amazing health benefits. What do you think?🔥 🕉 🔥

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With thousands of studios and millions of practitioners worldwide, hot yoga is definitely helping some people. Chronic pain, back problems, arthritis, poor circulation, and joint pain are all commonly treated with heat therapyand hot yoga can create astounding improvements in these health conditions. Whether you're doing Bikram, Baptiste, or vinyasa, if you listen to your body and don't overdo it (rest, breathe, hydrate!), hot yoga can be great for you.

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But if you don't do well in the heat, or are contraindicated for intense exercise because of pregnancy, injury, or low blood pressure, doing strenuous yoga postures in a hot room for 90 minutes could have very bad results:

Heat exhaustion is a real thing. I’m seeing white spots, just trying to remain active, conscious, and breathing. Body is going into shock. The sole purpose of sweat is to COOL your body down in extreme heat, hot yoga prevents this. I spent the better half of that night’s sleep writhing in pain from severe dehydration.
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The dangers of hot yoga are not just about the heat—it's the humidity, which prevents the body's natural cooling system from functioning, plus the duration of class, which is usually 90 minutes (or 70 minutes longer than you would ever be recommended to stay in a steam room). Bikram teachers in particular are infamous for discouraging students from leaving the room for breaks and that's definitely not safe.

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But talk to any long-term practitioner of hot yoga, and you will hear stories of how the practice has improved and even transformed their health. It's tough to make blanket statements about styles of yoga practice; different strokes work for different folks, and so much depends upon the individual, the poses, the sequencing, and the quality of the teacher. Room temperature is just one factor.

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If you love steam rooms, hot tubs, saunas, and sweating, you will probably feel great when you leave hot yoga class.

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If you hate summer, turn on the air conditioning when it's is just 65 degrees, and feel like humidity is your kryptonite? Hot yoga would probably not be good for you. 

Plus, yoga purists say it's a distortion of the original yoga form, that it plays to Western tendencies to accomplish and push people to extremes. Critics say you should build heat naturally from physical exertion—not from being in a steam room with 50 other people. Ask anyone who does hot yoga regularly, they've definitely seen at least one person pass out.

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