If you’ve been meaning to make it to a Bikram or hot yoga class, but just can’t seem to find the time, here’s our guide to DIY-ing it in your lounge room.
What you’ll need:
- Close-fitting workout gear: cropped tights, sports bra, singlet
- Non-slip yoga mat (or put a towel on your mat for extra grip)
- Dyson Pure Hot + Cool link purifier.
- Extra Towel
- Plenty of water
There’s a reason why your hot-yoga devotee friends can’t stop talking about it and keep bugging you to join them.
As well as torching up to 2500 kilojoules in a session, practicing yoga in a heated room is like sitting in a sauna, it increases your pulse rate and metabolism helping you sweat more (hello glowing skin and weight loss).
It’s also credited with making your body more flexible and strong and boosting your balance and circulation.
How to do it
Look at heating and setting up your space properly. Firstly, make sure there are no open windows or doors. Look for a heater that offers even room heating and has an intelligent thermostat allowing you to heat the room to a set temperature (WH recommends 28 degrees). The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool link does just this and offers a diffused mode which releases a wide stream of warm air for whole room heating
Just as you clean your yoga mat after each sweaty session you also want to make sure that the air you are inhaling throughout your practice is clean. Air in the average home can be up to five times more polluted than outdoors which is why we recommend the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool link as it automatically captures 99.5% of fine particles 1,2.
Bikram classes are a series of 26 postures, each performed twice, in a hot and humid room. Hot yoga is more of a flowing vinyasa style practice.
- If you’re not a regular (yet) it’s best to start off slowly, try a 10-minute practice to begin with and work up to a longer one.
- Don’t push too hard or try to move into any posture you can’t yet get to grips with, your body will let you know.
- Adding heat to a workout can feel intense so remember to drink plenty of water during the day before you practice, don’t practice on a full stomach, breathe and ease into the poses and take regular small sips of water while you practice.
- It’s also recommended that you let the sweat cool you down during the practice, so you only need to wipe off sweat that gets into your eyes.
1 Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research
2 Particle capture tested to EN1822. Gaseous capture tested to JEM 1467 (acetic acid, acetaldehyde, ammonia) and GB/T18801 (formaldehyde, benzene) and DTM-003282 (NO2). Gaseous capture rates vary.
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