Hot Yoga - a sequence made of 26 postures (Asanas) - 13 of which standing and 13 on the floor, 2 breathing exercises (Pranayama), an unimaginably large mirror and liters of actual sweat.
This wonderful sequence was put together by Mr. Bikram Choudhury. The objective of the practice in this very specific sequence being to optimally supply blood to all joints, muscles, tendons as well as all organs. Your spine is also extensively stretched and strengthened, resulting in an alleviation of back pain and neck pain from as early as the first class.
The idea behind Hot Yoga is that the elevated temperature of 38°C, sets in motion a process of cleansing through excessive sweating. Moreover, because of the heat your body is warmed up faster, reducing the likelihood of injuries. This is why Hot Yoga is also recommended for older people and those of us who are not extremely flexible. The 90 minutes in class stimulate your metabolism and strengthen your immune system, resulting in the alleviation of symptoms and at times, the curing of various medical conditions. Both mental and physical. Period.