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A warm room is best for relaxing the body and mind.
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You'll find many different types of yoga in the United States, with new ones popping up from time to time. Some fall under the category of вЂњhot yoga,вЂќ while most are performed under regular room temperatures or in air conditioning, so they can be considered вЂњcold yoga" in comparison. Arguments exist for the merits of both types, so you can choose which one you prefer and which one is better for your health if you have any health concerns. And, of course, speak to a doctor to help you make your decision.
Some Like It Cold
Many varieties fall under the "cold yoga" category, with various types for different goals and outcomes. Some options include regular Hatha yoga with a mix of poses and meditation, power yoga for a workout, Iyengar yoga for proper form, integrative yoga therapy for healing and Ananda for mental and spiritual development.
Some Like It Hot
One popular form of yoga that has spread is hot yoga, which involves performing yoga in a heated studio of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and with humidity levels of 40 percent or higher. Popular Bikram yoga is one type of hot yoga -- the hottest type with temperatures of at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Argument for Hot
Hot yoga can help you burn more calories than a cold yoga class since your body works harder to control your temperature. In addition, the Bikram's Yoga College of India website claims that performing yoga in a hot environment releases toxins from the body and makes the body more flexible to achieve poses, and that cold yoga can cause injury since the body is not properly warmed up and malleable.
The Argument for Cold
Other yoga enthusiasts and professionals opt for cold yoga, which can include regular room temperatures. One concern is that the heat of hot yoga can push your body past where it would normally go, resulting in injury. By practicing in a cold or warm temperature, you will follow your body's limits better. Practicing yoga in a cooler environment can also prevent problems from the heat, like dehydration, heat-related concerns like heat stroke, and the aggravation of health conditions like fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Nonetheless, a warm temperature -- not hot -- might be the best choice, since it helps relax the muscles, the nervous system and the mind without the risks of extreme heat.