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Hot yoga is modern yoga performed under hot and humid conditions, resulting in profuse sweating.[1]

The purpose for the heat depends on the practice or the individual. Some hot yoga practices seek to replicate the heat and humidity of India, where yoga originated.[2]

Hot yoga stylesEdit

Forrest Yoga is a modern yoga style developed by Ana T. Forrest. The style focuses on holding poses for a longer duration. The repetition of twenty specific poses accentuates the stretch equally on each side of the body.[3] Another form is practicing Yin yoga in a warm room. Yin is a slow-paced yoga practice with fewer postures held for longer periods. A pose can last from one minute to five minutes or longer.[4]

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.[5]

Bikram Yoga incorporates 26 poses and two breathing exercises along with a room heated to around 40 °C (105 °F). Each class is 90 minutes and is the same sequence of moves throughout any Bikram class. The class ends with a two minute savasana (corpse pose). The heated environment is claimed to be helpful to prepare the body for movement.[6]

Moksha yoga, also known as Modo Yoga, is based on Bikram Yoga. Moksha Yoga was founded in Canada in 2004 by human rights and environmental activists Jessica Robertson and Ted Grand.[7]

The Barkan Method is a style of Hatha Yoga that originated from a lineage in Calcutta, India. Jimmy Barkan, founder/owner was first certified by Ghosh’s College of India from Calcutta, India and was Bikram Yoga’s most senior teacher.[8]

Baron Baptiste Power Yoga was founded in the 1940′s by Walt Baptiste and remains accessible to anyone today who is looking for personal transformation. Much of the physical aspects of the Baptiste Yoga™ style are inspired by the Hatha Yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and his students B. K. S. Iyengar and Desikachar, whom Baron Baptiste studied with personally from a young age. [9]

CorePower Yoga is among the most vigorous and multi-disciplinary yoga styles that empower and strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Practicing hot yoga assists yoga students to learn how to communicate with their mind and body.[10]


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  3. ^ Cook, Lynn. "Forrest yoga challenges with added intensity". Houston Chronicle.
  4. ^ Loriggio, Paola. "Slow stretch, side of soul: Tight muscles, tough thoughts demand attention at Yin yoga". Toronto Star.
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  6. ^ Hewett, Zoe L.; Cheema, Birinder S.; Pumpa, Kate L.; Smith, Caroline A. (2015). "The Effects of Bikram Yoga on Health: Critical Review and Clinical Trial Recommendations". Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/428427. PMC 4609431. PMID 26504475.
  7. ^ "What is Hot Yoga? | Bikram - Moksha - Baron Baptiste". Hot Yoga Uppsala. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  8. ^ "About the Barkan Method". Barkan Method Hot Yoga. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  9. ^ "About Us – Baptiste Institute". Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  10. ^ "What are the Benefits of Hot Yoga? How HOT is it?". Yogateket. Retrieved 2019-06-02.