This season, hot yoga is as trendy as Jennifer Aniston’s’ wedding plans. If you are a dedicated yogi, or even brand new to the practice, surely you have heard the buzz surrounding hot yoga.
New hot yoga studios are popping up in cities all around the nation. So what is all the buzz really about? Are people really curing cancer from hot yoga? Outrageous health claims, about it improving your cardiovascular system, healing diabetes and students losing hundreds of pounds are glossing the headlines all across the globe. Sure, some of these claims may be true, but we set out to debunk the most common hot yoga myths.
Myth #1 Hot Yoga is the Best Detox
Doing any physical activity in a heated room, will surely induce more sweat. As the sweat pops through your pours your will release toxins in the body. Hot yoga accompanied with a healthy diet, and juicing detox is a full detox. Doing hot yoga alone, will not detox your body anymore than a long sweaty run will. Sure you will feel great after your sweat, but the real detoxification happens outside of the yoga studio and off the mat. What you eat and drink has a much larger impact on your overall health then the activities you choose to do.
Myth # 2 Hot Yoga Will Help You Lose Weight
Okay lets get real, yoga is a gentle exercise that can strengthen your body and lean out your limbs. However, yoga will not help you lose weight if you continue to eat crappy food all day. Many newbies come to hot yoga with a dedication to lose weight, but they fail to look at their diet. If you do hot yoga daily, but you still overeat, and consume sugary soda and alcohol, you will not lose weight. The reason hot yoga can help you lose weight is when you balance it with healthy eating. Include a diet of fresh whole foods, all natural ingredients and low sugar, low fat options combined with a regular hot yoga practice, will help you reach your health goals.
Myth # 3 Hot Yoga Will Improve Your Overall Health
Once again, many people come to the mat in a hot yoga studio expecting a magic bullet. There are no magic bullets in life and hot yoga is not the magic answer. The answer is your dedication to your practice. Hot yoga is a powerful tool to help you increase your health. But leaning on yoga primarily to improve your health is a false indication of the true benefits. Yoga can increase your health and improve your outlook on life when and only when you combine it with a well rounded health routine. Continue to take care of every aspect of your health, brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, visit your doctor annually, and your dentist semi-annually for regular check ups. Doctor Robert Thompson, an Oregon Dentist in East Portland, suggests “Yoga, much like flossing your teeth is about prevention,” the more you do it the healthier you will be.