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Is Hot Yoga Doin Your Skin Dirty?

I recently tried my first Hot Yoga class. Now don't get me wrong I am always up for a challenge but yoga in general has never been my "thing". I thoroughly enjoy trying new ways to exercise and challenge myself but sitting in a hot room with a bunch of other people sweating profusely and breathing heavily sounds like a terrible idea.

Alas, I still wanted to try it. My friend and health coach, Megan invited me to Lifetime to give my first class a try. I got my mat, set up my little area with towels and a few yoga blocks just in case... the lights became dim and the instructor immediately put me in a trance.

During my transmission into this hot, steamy sweaty room I started to feel different. I have never had this much sweat drip out of me during any form of exercise. That got me thinking about how much I preach to my clients about protecting their skin at all costs and what I was currently putting my body through into perspective.

So here are a few thoughts when it comes to Hot Yoga and the way our skin functions...

The NOTICEABLE Benefits:

  1. Detoxification: The high temperatures in hot yoga studios cause profuse sweating, which aids in the detoxification process. Sweating helps eliminate toxins from the body, including impurities that can clog pores and contribute to skin problems. Through this natural detoxification, hot yoga can help improve the clarity and overall health of your skin.

  2. Increased Circulation: Hot yoga sessions often involve a dynamic flow of poses, accompanied by deep breathing exercises. The combination of heat, movement, and enhanced circulation leads to increased blood flow throughout the body, including the skin. Improved circulation delivers vital nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells, promoting a healthy and radiant complexion.

  3. Stress Reduction: Engaging in hot yoga can be a powerful stress-relieving experience. The heated environment combined with the focus on breath and mindfulness helps calm the mind and release tension from the body. High stress levels can have a detrimental impact on skin health, leading to inflammation, acne breakouts, and other skin conditions. By reducing stress, hot yoga indirectly supports healthy skin function.

  4. Enhanced Flexibility: The series of postures practiced in hot yoga encourage deep stretching and improved flexibility. These movements increase the range of motion in your joints and muscles, leading to better overall body function. Flexibility gained from hot yoga can prevent muscle imbalances and tension, which may indirectly benefit skin health by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions or muscle tightness.

Some Things To Take Into Consideration:

  1. Dehydration: The intense heat and excessive sweating during hot yoga can cause dehydration if proper hydration is not maintained. It is crucial to drink plenty of water before, during, and after the class to replenish lost fluids and electrolytes. Dehydration can lead to dry skin, dizziness, and fatigue.

  2. Skin Sensitivity: Hot yoga may not be suitable for individuals with sensitive or easily irritated skin. The combination of heat, increased blood flow, and sweating can exacerbate certain skin conditions like rosacea or eczema. If you have a pre-existing skin condition, it is advisable to consult with a dermatologist before practicing hot yoga.

  3. Sun Sensitivity: The heat and sweat from hot yoga can temporarily increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight. It is crucial to wear sunscreen and protect your skin from excessive sun exposure after a hot yoga session. Failing to do so may increase the risk of sunburn and skin damage.

In conclusion, Hot yoga offers an array of benefits for both the body and mind, including positive effects on skin function. Through detoxification, improved circulation, stress reduction, and enhanced flexibility, hot yoga can contribute to healthier-looking skin. However, it is essential to remain aware of potential side effects such as dehydration, skin sensitivity, and increased sun sensitivity. As with any fitness activity, it is advisable to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns. With proper precautions, hot yoga can be a transformative practice that promotes overall well-being, including the health and vitality of your skin.

And with that being said.... I would TOTALLY DO IT AGAIN!

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