Why Hot Yoga?
Because it feels good. If it doesn't feel good, PLEASE DON'T!
Hot yoga provides all the amazing life-changing benefits of any other asana practice, with an additional level of detoxification through sweat. There are many conflicting opinions and very few studies specific to hot vinyasa flow yoga. It becomes the responsibility of the practitioner to identify if the practice is right for them. Balanced Hot Yoga instructors make it a priority to keep students safe, with proper alignment and reminders to maintain fluidity in breath and intention with movement. Because the environment is heated, it can be an extra challenge to maintain body awareness, for this reason we cue postures in a progressive manner, with reminders for the student to stop at any point along the way as they build their practice. Hot yoga isn't a good fit for every body. The best way to know if it’s right for you is to give it a try. If at any time during class you feel light-headed or unwell in any way, it is important to listen to your body and take rest on your mat. Make sure to stay well-hydrated - both before and after every class. Listen to your body in this moment and go where you can go today. Practice in such a way that will make you want to do it again tomorrow and for the rest of your life.
Why get hung up on how people practice yoga in their bodies? Why argue about heat or no heat? Yoga asana is simply one small part of a much bigger practice. Of Patanjali's 196 yoga sutra's ONLY ONE even mentions this physical practice. Yoga is a complete system based on the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika, to name a few. Asana is not Yoga but it is held in the container of Yoga. Asana has both psychology and physiology. It was never designed to be exercise per se. It's a portal for self-discovery. If we hold space for the energetics of the physical practice to do what they naturally do, practitioners of "hot yoga for exercise" will inevitably become drawn toward the rest. That is the goal.