I recently joined a friend of mine for my first ever CorePower Hot Yoga class. I had no idea what I was getting myself into so I did my homework and learned quite a bit. CorePower Hot Yoga is different from the traditional form of yoga in the sense that it consists of a series of 26 postures performed in a precise order, in a room heated to 105 degrees. Each class systematically works the entire body, concentrating on the essence of every organ, bone, joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, blood vessel, nerve and gland. Incorporating strength, balance, and flexibility, it teaches you how each pose stimulates the mind and restores and shapes the body.
I also learned some of the benefits of doing yoga in a heated environment. Aside form the obvious, it enhances vasodilatation so that more blood is delivered to the muscles, allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily, speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids, makes muscles more elastic and less susceptible to injury, improves coordination, reduces heart irregularities associated with sudden exercise, and my favorite, it burns fat more easily.
So if you haven't yet jumped on the Hot Yoga bandwagon, I suggest you find a studio near you and find out what all the fuss is about. You just might fall in love....or at least loose a few pounds. Namaste.