There’s a study (sponsored by the American Council on Exercise and published in the Gundersen Medical Journal) that showed practicing yoga in a hot room “can raise internal temperatures and heart rates to levels that may be dangerous”.
I do get it. I really do. People go to saunas and steam rooms to detoxify. So why not do yoga in a hot room?
However, it seems there are a few things to take into consideration.
“The dramatic increases in heart rate and core temperature are alarming when you consider that there is very little movement, and therefore little cardiovascular training, going on during class.”
(study author Emily Quandt)
In the study, researchers looked at 20 healthy volunteers between 28 and 67, all of them regular practitioners. What the test showed is that many of the volunteers’ core temperatures reached higher than 103° F. One man in the study had a core temperature that was over 104° F, and researchers note that heat illness and heat stroke can happen when core temperatures reach 104° F.
I guess it does not mean it’s not safe. But what it really means is that it’s not safe for everyone. And the real question, I believe, is this: Is it healthy even if it’s safe?
There’s even a VIDEO in which the study authors explain their findings – watch it here.
Have you practised Bikram yoga? How does it make you feel?
Please share your thoughts!