Not all yoga is created equal. This is a great thing, because the catalogue of practitioners is so diverse that it simply couldn’t be. What we want and what we get out of yoga ranges dramatically from person to person.
We have adapted this beautiful tradition in so many ways, so that it can be available and of service to each and every one of us in this modern world.
So, where do you stand on some of the common divides between practitioner preferences?
A central part of the growing yoga buzz is the craze of sweaty steamy hot yoga. The likes of Bikram, Moksha and other schools of hot yoga have created a whole subculture of dripping wet yoga fanatics. However, the verdict is very mixed on the benefits of such a practice.
Though some swear by this fiery style of practice, others feel it strays way too far from the original intent of respecting your body and remaining in a constant state of sattvic ease. Here is your chance to weigh in on why you like it hot, or why you are more of a cool cat.
- The major sell of the hot yoga trend is its claim to detoxify the body. And hey, nobody likes toxins…
- If you like a good sweat, this is just about the best sweat you can get. Human hot spring anyone?
- The heated room gets your body to whole new levels of warm, allowing the muscles to become really supple, and as such, you find yourself stretching way deeper than you ever thought you could!
- Being drenched in sweat, many feel as though they have accomplished some sort of super workout, but nonetheless, the sense of accomplishment is most satisfying.
- Skimpy clothes, glistening flexed muscles; more than any other style of yoga, hot yoga seems to attract ‘hot’ people. We all enjoy hot people, let’s be honest…
- Yoga is a practice designed to bring the body into balance. Hot yoga therefore seems inherently counterintuitive—far less in our hot Caribbean country, filled with hot-headed people, packed into a hot room. A little too much heat I’d say. Let’s just face it—hot yoga may not be climate appropriate to the Caribbean.
- Ah the Type-A personality: driven, competitive, go go go—needless to say this powerful intense style of yoga really appeals to these pita types. A slower, calmer practice is generally prescribed to bring the greatest benefits to persons of this nature. However, being still is a lot more challenging to the go-getters, so they sway towards the hot sauce and essentially are only getting a fraction of the benefits from the practice.
- Sure, it seems like your foot can reach behind your head today…not! The risk of injury is highest in hot yoga classes as over-heated muscles are unnaturally stretched.
- Enclosed, heated room. Many very sweaty bodies. Constant encouragement to take really deep breaths… body odour can get a little out of control in these circumstances (gag)!
- The detox claims of hot yoga just aren’t physiologically accurate. Your body uses the skin to detox, yes, so sweat is good, but the skin is not actually one of the body’s main detox organs. So the fraction of actual detox is pretty minimal. But wait… excreting large amounts of fluids can actually stress the kidneys and liver! Something is not quite adding up… Yoga in general does claim to work the powerful detoxing organs such as the kidneys and liver, so once you are practicing there are some perks there—regardless of whether you’re sweating buckets or not.