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The benefits and cautions of hot yoga

I have been teaching hot yoga for over 20 years and have found that nearly all practitioners, even those with health issues, enjoy enormous benefits from exercising in the heated room.

However, there are sensible precautions one can take as with any new form of exercise. I believe some hot yoga studios overdo the heat which can increase potential side effects. Running at temperatures of 110-120 degrees and not managing humidity and oxygenation correctly can cause dehydration and overheating. However, hot yoga taught by experienced instructors, in a room heated to between 85 degrees to 100 degrees, with good oxygenation and humidity and experienced instructors has some benefits that regular yoga can’t necessarily claim.

Any potential side effects of the hot room can easily be avoided. If one is out of shape or even working too hard while acclimatising, one can feel dizzy, nauseous, lightheaded, get cramp or simply get out of breath. Most of these issues are not dangerous. One will need to sit down, drink and breathe through the nose.

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Welcome to the October issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine, Britain’s biggest, best and brightest newsstand yoga title. In this issue we’ve got a special report looking at the amazing hot yoga phenomenon, including its many benefits (plus a few cautions), and profiling some of the great studio spaces where you can get your glow on. We’ve also included a preview of the OM Yoga Show which takes place in London later this month at Alexandra Palace. We’d love to see you there! Come along and meet the OM team and sign up for a free yoga goodie bag with each subscription while you’re there. There’s plenty of other brilliant reads this month as well, spanning all the many and diverse parts of the true yogic lifestyle: from practical yoga sequences and inspirational teachers, through to healthy recipes, fitness and fashion. There’s something inside for everyone. Whatever stage you’re at in your yoga journey, thank you for taking OM with you. Namaste.