WHY HOT YOGA
Hot yoga is based on a fundamental scientific principle: that heat accelerates chemical reactions. And since your body runs on biochemical reactions, speeding them up produces results faster.
BENEFITS OF HOT YOGA
Strengthening, Cleansing and Removal of Toxins
Hot Yoga strengthens and deeply cleanses the system adding intensity to the work that you would normally get in practice and raises the level of purification exponentially. Doing the same basic practice that you would in a regular temperature room, you will work harder in a heated and humidified room. Your body will get stronger, and remove far more toxins from the system.
The Heart, Internal Organs, and improved performance in hot weather
If people who have trouble with the heat take their time getting used to practicing in a heated room, they will begin to find that they have less trouble. On hot summer days, when they might have been suffering, they will probably be able to maintain normal activity levels and some may even become able to perform at peak activity levels. This is because the heart works harder. The work done in the heat causes the arteries to dilate and thins the blood so more blood flows as the heart is challenged to get nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body. The internal organs are also challenged. As the body gets used to practicing in a heated environment, the system learns what to do to keep itself from overheating in this unique circumstance.
The heat also softens up muscle tissue so it is able to stretch and open. Those who are less flexible will find this to be a huge advantage to practicing in a heated environment. This aspect of the heat needs to be handled with caution. While muscles, which might be tight, are more able to open so are ligaments and tendons, which you do not want to overstretch. The amount of opening and deep-stretching that can naturally occur as a result of a well-balanced Hot Yoga practice should not be pushed too far. In the long run, proceeding thoughtfully and with care, while using the heat to help you open your tight spots and trouble areas, will get you much farther than trying to blast through your restrictions as quickly as possible.
Be patient with yourself. Yoga is a life long commitment. How quickly you progress will depend, to a small extent, on your natural ability, but mostly on the honest time and effort you commit to (the) your yoga practice. You should not compare youself to those around you. Yoga is a practice that is all about you, and your own progress from the point at which you began.
Hot Yoga is wildly successful in the United States, Europe, Asia, and is quickly gaining popularity here in Brazil.