Definition - What does Hot Yoga mean?
Hot yoga is a term that describes a number of different styles of yoga with one common element – they are all practiced in heated rooms with the temperature usually between 85 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Classes are also often held in a room with an elevated humidity level.
The purpose of hot yoga is to encourage sweating, which is believed to detoxify the body, as well as improve flexibility, boost stamina, improve overall fitness, burn calories, relieve stress and increase circulation.
Yogapedia explains Hot Yoga
Bikram yoga, founded in the 1970s by Bikram Choudhury in the Hatha tradition, is generally considered the original hot yoga. The Bikram style of hot yoga is very structured, following the same 26 poses in the 90-minute classes, regardless of where in the world the classes are held. The rooms are set at 40 percent humidity and between 95 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Other styles of hot yoga tend to be less structured and may vary in room temperature and humidity. These styles include:
- Moksha, or Modo, yoga – similar poses and room conditions to Bikram with emphasis on environmental consciousness; although, poses vary by teacher, even as the sequence remains the same for each class.
- Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga – blends Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram and other styles of yoga with room temperature at about 90 degrees.
- Hot Power yoga – covers a wide range of styles and class structures that include vinyasa flow and room temperatures between 85 and 100 degrees.
- Hot Yin yoga – is a Hatha-based practice with fewer poses held for longer (usually three to five minutes) in order to release deeper fascia and other tissues.