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Hot yoga

Hot yoga stems from Bikram yoga. Where Bikram yoga is always practised in the same way and very closely aligned with Bikram Choudhury – hot yoga plays by its own rules. Depending on where you practise, hot yoga may be very similar to Bikram (but can’t always be called Bikram), but some hot yoga teachers will use a flow/vinyasa routine.

In some instances the room may be a lower temperature (but still hot) and sessions may go for a shorter period of time. Although hot yoga is less structured than Bikram, it still has great health benefits.

A study of 50 obese women who performed hot yoga for a year published recently in the International Journal of Experimental Medicine found that the practice improved heart rate, blood pressure, body fat measurement and psychological self-evaluation.