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Bikram Yoga can be dangerous

on April 23, 2015

There is a new study into the effects of doing Bikram yoga on your body and surprisingly being in a super-hot room and exercising might increase your core temperature to an unsafe level. The study was completed by University of Wisconsin La Crosse Clinical Exercise Physiology program and funded by the American Council on Exercise. It took a relatively small group of students, 20 aged between 28 and 67 and took their core temperatures along with heart rates every 10 minutes during a 90 minute Bikram yoga class.

All participants core temperature’s increased but seven to over 103 degrees F and one to over 104 degrees F. As you can see from the chart below, this makes heat exhaustion and other heat related injuries extremely likely.

heatchrt

The studies recommendation is that classes are shorter (60 minutes rather than 90 minutes) and participants are encouraged to drink more water.

funny-sweat

I’ve never done Bikram but I’ve done several other hot yoga classes and these have all been an hour long. The last class that I did was ridiculously hot and considering the amount that I sweated I don’t think I would have been ok to keep going for another 30 minutes. Keep safe and drink more water.

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