Hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. Often associated with the style devised by Bikram Choudhury, hot yoga is now used to describe any number of yoga styles that use heat to increase an individual's flexibility in the poses. In colder climates, hot yoga often seeks to replicate the heat and humidity of India where yoga originated. Some forms of hot yoga include:
- Bikram Yoga was brought to the U.S. in the early 70s and became the most widely known form of hot yoga.
- Forrest Yoga combines yoga asana with Native American spirituality to create as a "yoga sweat lodge" in a heated room.
- Power Yoga is derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and uses heat to replicate environmental conditions in Mysore.
- TriBalance Yoga another form of hot yoga, performed in slightly warmer but less humid conditions than Bikram Yoga.
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