Yoga in warm room intensifies workouts


Christy Sanchez of Greenwood during a hot yoga class Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Greenwood, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

The first beads of sweat started trickling within minutes of the heated yoga class starting at Evolutions @ Yoga.

Sitting in a closed room inside the Greenwood studio, the temperature had been bumped up to near 90 degrees. Seven students started with light stretches, focusing on their breathing, before starting in with poses such as triangle, downward dog and the sun salutation series of moves.

Despite the heat, the participants seemed to bend more easily, stretch further and step lighter than in a normal class.

Yoga’s reputation is more relaxation and inner peace than inspiring a good sweat. But that was before the resurgence of hot yoga. A growing number of practitioners have added the style to their repertoire, combining challenging poses and breathing exercises in a room that can reach 105 degrees.


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