Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sweatin’ To Hot Yoga

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you can’t take the heat, get out of the yoga studio.

Summer is coming up, but yoga aficionados aren’t looking to stay cool. In fact, they’re hitting the studio to do Bikram yoga, or hot yoga, in which yogis bend and pose in 105- degree heat and 45 percent humidity.

Chicago-based yoga instructor Miryana Vujoshevich says that doing yoga in such extreme heat stretches people to their maximum capability and allows lots of oxygen to enter the blood, which bolsters the immune system, heals and prevents injuries, and increases spine flexibility among other benefits.

However, the heat can be tough to take.

Vujoshevich says, “People get lightheaded or dizzy sometimes. The heat gets to everybody, so we tell people to just take a break.”

With all the hot air in the studio, Vujoshevich isn’t surprised by sweat dripping off yogis while doing the downward facing dog.

Though it can get messy, it’s all for the good of the body since profuse sweating is great for detoxing.

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