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Hot Yoga, Too Hot to Handle?
CENTERVILLE -- As the hot yoga craze continues to sizzle, is all that sweating good for your health?
The room is set to a scorching 105 degrees and for 90 minutes, fans of the heat stretch into poses while dripping in sweat.
The creator of hot yoga has even referred to the heated room as "a torture chamber," yet the fitness craze has people coming into studios in droves.
"It's very physically challenging in the poses, but it starts off simple." Sarah Angi said. Angi is the co-owner of the Hot Yoga and Wellness Center in Centerville.
She's been teaching yoga for 14 years. She said hot yoga helps with balance and flexibility.
"The warmer your muscles are, the further into the poses you are going to be able to go. Your muscles will stretch out much faster, just giving you a deep and intensive stretch."
But doctors say this is a fitness regime that should come with a health warning.
Working out in extreme heat could lead to "things like nausea, dizziness, light headiness, muscle cramps, which are often the first signs of heat exhaustion," Dr. Rob Kominiarek said. Kominiarek is the medical director at the Alpha Male Institute in Springboro.
He said hot yoga can be a great exercise for those who are healthy enough for it, but it is not for everyone.
"So if you suffer from a heart condition, a lung condition or a chronic medical problem, it would be wise to consult your physician before you take the class."
He said those with diabetes, high- or low-blood pressure and pregnant women should also not participate in hot yoga.
Those who can take the class also benefit from detoxification. The sweating is how your body cools itself down, so it's vital to stay hydrated and pay attention to any signs that could lead to you getting sick.
"Drink plenty of water," Kominiarek said. "Listen to your body. If it says it's tired and done, and you've pushed it too far, then stop and take a break."
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