Honestly, I can’t believe this took so long.
Consumer Reports is out with a report on the hot yoga fad. You’d think with 20 or so million people supposedly practicing yoga in the U.S. these days, it would have gotten to this already.
You can guess what it found, right? Well, here you have it (trimmed down for clarity):
Problem: Heat stroke
Why it happens: Exercising in the heat (outdoors or indoors) can overwhelm your body’s ability to control its core temperature. That can lead to heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition in which your heart, liver, kidney, and other organs shut down
Problem: Joint and muscle damage
Why it happens: Some people think they can stretch deeper in the heat. “Although it may feel good, overstretching your muscles actually backfires,” Win Chang, M.D., clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at New York University’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, said.
Why it happens: Hot, humid gyms can be a breeding ground for germs.
Here’s how Consumer Reports describes hot yoga, in general:
For some, hot yoga is the ultimate chill breaker. One popular style, Bikram yoga, is done in a room heated to at least 105⁰ F. Fans say it helps you “sweat out toxins” and achieve deeper poses. Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the celebrities recently spotted sweating it out. Its popularity has spawned several other sizzling exercise trends, including heated indoor cycling, hot Pilates, and (ballet) Barre “burn” classes. The problem is that these classes have safety risks.
Ashtanga, I hazard to guess, would come out OK according to these standards.
Posted by Steve