Navigation Links
Avoid Getting Scorched by 'Hot Yoga'
Date:1/22/2012

SUNDAY, Jan. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Doing yoga in a room heated to between 90 and 105 degrees -- known as "hot yoga" -- is increasing in popularity, but it may not be for everyone, an expert warns.

Exertion in high temperatures may be dangerous for people with certain health conditions, said Diana Zotos, a yoga instructor and physical therapist in the rehabilitation department at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

"If you have sensitivity to heat, if you've ever had heat stroke or tend to get fatigued, dizzy or dehydrated quickly, you should ask your doctor before starting hot yoga," cautioned Zotos in a hospital news release. "Anyone with osteoarthritis, any rheumatologic arthritis, pain in muscles or a joint, or any kind of previous injury should check with their doctor."

Zotos added that anyone with high blood pressure, low blood pressure or heart disease should consult a cardiologist before trying hot yoga.

Even if they don't have an underlying condition, beginners, particularly those older than 40, should take precautions before trying hot yoga.

"Yoga of any type is physically challenging, and the heated environment of hot yoga makes the practice especially demanding," Zotos said. "The heat makes people feel as if they can stretch deeper into poses and can give them a false sense of flexibility. This can lead to muscle strains or damage to the joint, including ligaments and cartilage."

Zotos recommended that anyone new to hot yoga become familiar with the 26 poses used in the classes before they start.

"The heat factor also puts more strain on the heart and challenges endurance. That being said, people should be of good cardiovascular health; have healthy hip, knee, spine and shoulder joints; shouldn't have balance or neurological issues; and should have a general tolerance for excessive heat," she noted. Zotos also offered the following hot yoga tips for beginners:

  • Bring a mat, a towel and, if possible, a friend.
  • Wear shorts and a tank top.
  • Drink plenty of fluids well before class (no coffee or soda).
  • Do not consume more than 200 calories two to three hours before class.
  • Research the yoga studio and make sure the hot yoga teacher has the proper certification and experience.
  • Arrive early to meet the instructor, get settled and adjust to the temperature.
  • Start slowly. Do not try poses that are too advanced and do not hold poses beyond what is comfortable or to the point of pain.
  • Take breaks when needed.
  • Don't get discouraged if you can't reach a pose.
  • If necessary, ask questions about how to perform certain poses.
  • Stop at the first sign of dizziness, chest pain or feeling faint or overheated. Seek medical assistance if necessary.

More information

The U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has more about yoga.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Hospital for Special Surgery, news release, Jan. 16, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Avoid Allergens to Reap the Rewards of Gardening
2. Most maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could be avoided
3. Panel asks dairy avoiders: Are you getting enough?
4. Avoiding Dairy Due to Lactose Intolerance is Unnecessary in Most Cases and May Pose Diet and Health Risks, Concludes National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Panel
5. HIV drug that protects a fetus should be avoided for one year after childbirth, researchers say
6. People with prediabetes not taking adequate precautions to avoid diabetes
7. Transplant drug preserves kidneys, avoids toxicity
8. Panel Finds Many Women Can Avoid Repeat C-Sections
9. Dying cancer patient visits to emergency departments can be avoided
10. Device Avoids Open-Heart Surgery When Artificial Valve Fails
11. Important Do's And Don'ts to Avoid a Summer “Flip-Flop Fiasco”
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Avoid Getting Scorched by 'Hot Yoga'
(Date:5/31/2016)... Fl (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... ... doors to its new Concussion Clinic serving South Florida. , The clinic ... medicine, pediatric neurology, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatric neuropsychology and also a ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... RF Safe's ... provide the best accessories to avoid excessive Smartphone radiation implicated in the most recent ... released on the bioRxiv preprint server on May 26th (PDF) by the ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... Park, Kansas (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 ... ... announces that Keith Pardoe, FDAI, DAHC, CDC, has joined the Fire Door Solutions’ ... fire door inspections and fire door and frame in-field re-labeling. He will ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... Throughout the day, adults often find themselves ... motivation and awareness, but what they could be reaching for instead is a cup of ... that are grown in Japan. This sacred tea is harvested from early June to mid-July, ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... Presence Technology ... has been included by Gartner, Inc. in the Contact Center Infrastructure Magic Quadrant ... Center Infrastructure technologies, some of which include: Computer-telephony integration (CTI)/Web services interfaces, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/30/2016)... 30, 2016 The global  ... 7.3 billion by 2024, according to a new ... natality rate, the growing malnutrition coupled with the ... gastro-intestinal tract diseases are expected to boost the ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150105/723757 ) , ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... study highlights the necessity of health literacy within the technology advancement of diagnostic imaging. According ... , a majority of oncology patients undergo imaging screenings without understanding the nuanced risks ... ... ... Medical Diagnostic Imaging Ampronix ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... 27, 2016 Amarantus BioScience Holdings, Inc. ... products for Regenerative Medicine, Neurology and Orphan Diseases, today announced that ... at two upcoming investor conferences: SeeThru Equity MicroCap ... New York City , NY When: ... Marcum MicroCap Conference   Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: