There's standard yoga... and then there's the latest exercise fad - "Bikram," or hot yoga. Wondering which one is the best for you? Here's a look:
The biggest difference between hot and regular yoga is the amount of calories that are burned during the exercise session. While both yoga practices consist of various stretching postures to promote relaxation and increased flexibility, those who participate in hot yoga sessions are able to burn up to 30 percent more calories than traditional yoga sessions. Specifically, one 90-minute hot yoga session can burn up to 1,000 calories. Here's how:
So when you're pondering the differences between hot and regular yoga, think of it this way. Hot yoga is like regular yoga, but with more intense aspects. Standard yoga is good for you, there's no doubt about that. But hot yoga takes all the benefits that are attained in a standard session of yoga and enhances them. It's kind of like the difference between standard fruits and vegetables and organic foods of the same kind. It's best for healthy people, as those with heart disease, heat intolerance and dehydration issues may actually experience more problems than benefits from hot yoga. While the spiritual benefits of both practices can be seen as equal, the physical aspects of hot yoga are more demanding and produce higher calorie burning and require more effort. Those who practice it can expect to see an increase in their level of yoga workout.
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