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Hot Yoga Is Not Dangerous (If You’re Smart About It)

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Realistic depiction of the way hot yoga feels.

Hot yoga is not going to kill you, it just feels like death.

According to a new study, exercise done in extremely hot temperatures is not measurably dangerous, just horribly uncomfortable. The more you know?

The study, sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), involved comparing bodily reactions to 20 individuals who took a regular style yoga class with the same individuals' bodily reaction in a hot yoga class. Research found that both core body temperature and heart rate were scarcely higher during the 60 minute hot yoga class.

This itsy bitsy teeny weenie study was the first to actually study what happens to the body during hot yoga. ACE Chief Science Officer Dr. Cedric Bryant says that “[T]his study showed that while higher sweat levels may cause participants to feel like they were working harder, heart rates showed they were actually at comparable levels whether in the regular or hot yoga class.” Essentially, you just feel way shittier if you practice in a 90-105 degree yoga dungeon, but you probably aren't actually about to die.

Bryant wants everyone to keep in mind that these findings might not apply to all hot yoga variations. The classes they studied were 60 minutes at 92 degrees, though some practices around the country are up to 90 minutes and 105 degrees (exactly like my nightmares).

Those who are into hot yoga usually claim that it speeds up fitness, weight loss, enlightenment–all of the reasons people do yoga in the first place. People who are not into it say that it makes them dizzy, crampy, thirsty, uncomfortable and so close to death they swear made eye contact with their own soul. I guess it's just exercise like any other, but you should probably be extra cautious about the whole thirst thing. Stay hydrated and for godsakes dress for the occasion. 

via Huffington Post//Image via Shutterstock