The temperature is set to 39°C in the room
No matter what the temperature outside, it’s always steamy and sweaty in the Moksha Hot yoga room.
The temperature is set to 39 degrees but it feels closer to 45 with the humidity. And that’s why people like Thommy Haller enjoy hot yoga.
“The heat is good because it warms up the muscles so you can stretch without injuries," Haller says. "It also helps to move all the systems in your body faster. So your immune system, your digestive system. Everything works a lot more efficient in the heat.”
Hot yoga originated in India. The room is supposed to emulate the climate in India. Just 10 minutes, and your bound to sweat in areas like your shins and elbows.
“The sweat is great because it cools your body. It evaporates so it’s important to stay really well hydrated before and after class and that helps to detoxify," Haller explains.
For Sandra Ackerman, hot yoga has even more of an impact. She almost died from a serious car accident a few years ago. She was told she’d never be able to walk again.
Beat the winter blues!
“About a year and a half I wasn’t able to do almost anything. I was in and out of the hospital and then I found yoga and yoga saved my life," Ackerman says. "I’m in this hot room between 5 and 7 times a week. The temperature in here is about 100 degrees so it really helps with all the injuries. You can modify any pose and get in deeper because of the heat and really gets in to your joints so it’s really fantastic. It actually really saved my life.”
And for others it’s an just an escape from the winter blahs.
I don’t’ know how I would ever survive a Canadian winter without hot yoga," laughs Haller. "It’s just too cold here to stay outside and not have at least one hot yoga class in a day."