Hot yoga is a style of yoga that is practiced in a room heated to 95-108°F (35-42°C) with a humidity level of 40-60%. The practice was popularized in the 1970s by Bikram Choudhury, who created a specific sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises that are practiced in a heated room.
Hot yoga is believed to have a number of benefits, including increased flexibility and strength, improved circulation, detoxification through sweating, and stress relief. The heat is also thought to help prevent injury by loosening up the muscles and increasing range of motion.
However, there are also potential risks associated with hot yoga, particularly for people with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or asthma. It is important to stay hydrated and listen to your body during hot yoga, and to take breaks as needed.
There are now many variations of hot yoga, including Power Yoga, which combines vinyasa-style flow with heat, and Hot Yin Yoga, which focuses on deep stretching and relaxation.