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10 Surprising Benefits of Hot Yoga You Need To Know

10 Surprising Benefits of Hot Yoga You Need To Know

In case you haven’t heard of it, living the lifestyle of a yogi focuses on mastering many different types of postures in order to build your body’s strength and flexibility.

Yoga is nothing new. It originated in India at least 5,000 years ago and there are countless types to choose from. The one I find most interesting is hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga. It is a form of yoga that is performed in a room heated at 105 degrees Fahrenheit while putting the humidity level at 40 percent, which is not a pleasant situation to put yourself in for 90 minutes per session. So, I am sure you are wondering…what are the benefits of hot yoga?

1. Hot Yoga Serves as Great Cardio

Believe it or not, practicing yoga in such extreme conditions is good for your heart. Positioning your body in 26 postures in that extreme heat has the same effect as running a mile. Furthermore, it can burn up to 1000 calories per session. The way you stretch will also boost your metabolism so your body can keep burning calories even after your routine is over.

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2. It Cleans Out Your Skin

The hot temperature of the room helps you sweat quickly and effortlessly. I know sweating doesn’t hold a very good reputation but through sweating, your body gets rid of toxins that have built up in your pores. It cleans out your skin in order to prevent it from getting infection and rashes.

3. It Heals You

Hot yoga was invented for therapeutic purposes. If you practice it on a regular basis, you will notice body pains are slowly fading away, particularly back pain.

4. It Gets Rid of Arthritis

Of the many benefits of hot yoga, this is the one I find most extraordinary. It’s not uncommon for people who suffer from arthritis to experience relief from it after 2 or 3 sessions of hot yoga.  The downside is that it’s not a permanent cure. You have to continue doing yoga to keep it from coming back.

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5. It’s Great for Diabetics

Practicing and maintaining the lifestyle needed for hot yoga do help in decreasing blood pressure level. Don’t believe me? Read the book “Diabetic Always, Insulin No More.” It’s the story of a student who overcame obesity, back pain and diabetes by putting a lot of dedication in hot yoga.

6. It Gets Rid of Depression

Ever go through those times in your life where you feel too depressed to do anything with your time? Do yourself a favor and take part in just one session of hot yoga during your low periods.  I guarantee it will change your state of mind.

7. It Causes You to Age Slower

Take a look at people who have been taking their yoga seriously for years. You will notice that they look much younger than the average person who is the same age.  Doing hot yoga serves as a natural anti-aging medicine.

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8. Regulates your Thyroid

A lot of the postures that you perform in hot yoga focus on working your thyroids which help in balancing its level.

9. It Lowers Stress

Hot yoga contains two breathing exercises that help calm and clear your mind.

10. It Balances Your Emotions

Hot yoga helps you become more aware of the self and what’s going on around you. Which leads to better decision making and an overall better life.

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Warning: Be sure to check with your doctor before participating in hot yoga. Due to the fact that the routine takes place in harsh conditions, it may not be suitable for people with dehydration and intolerance with heat issues.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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