bikram yoga health risks
Last Updated: 20-10-2017 03:36:48
Scientists have warned that Bikram yoga can cause your body to be exhausted and be at risks because of excessive heat and the risk of stroke.
The research which sponsored by the US Exercise Council and published in the Gundersen Medical Journal, says exercising yoga in a hot room can increase the temperature inside the body as well as increase the heart rate. This Bikram yoga can cause dangerous for some people.
"When you are in the room, the intensity of the move is less and the cardiovascular exercise is less, the sudden increase in heart rate and body temperature is a serious health risk," said study author Emily Quandt at the University of Physical Sciences. Wisconsin Sports La Crosse said.
Bikram yoga, commonly referred to as hot yoga, is a form of yoga practice in a high-temperature room, which consists of 26 different positions and an ideal training time of 90 minutes per session. This is considered one of the best forms of yoga because the exercises help improve health, flexibility, psychological problems and muscles.
But a recent research from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (U.S.) shows that hot yoga can cause heart rhythms to fluctuate and push the body temperature to dangerous levels and make you to be at health risk such as stroke.
"The increase in heart rate and body temperature in hot yoga is really a health risk when we consider it to be a less moving sport," said team leader Emily Quandt. So the cardiovascular exercise in this sport is very little. "
This research is based on 20 healthy volunteers who regularly practice yoga in the hot room and under other temperature conditions. During exercise, the body temperature of these people is recorded every 10 minutes with a temperature sensor and heart rate recorded in minutes.
The results show that each person's heart rate fluctuates throughout the workout, depending on how difficult the position is.
But more dangerous, the body temperature of these people also increased, with the majority at about 39 degrees Celsius, in which people increased to 40 degrees C (104 degrees F). This is considered a dangerous temperature that can lead to heat stroke. Researchers say that excessive sweating in hot yoga is not enough to cool the body.
"Although Bikram Yoga has certain benefits, it is not a good idea to ignore the heat tolerance of practitioners or those who have not adapted to such hot environments," said the researcher. .
In addition, the researchers measured average men's heart rate of 80 and 72 women's exercise. The highest heart rate of women in the class was 85 while men's was 92.
Study authors say that people should remember to add water during Bikram Yoga practice.
But Dr. Quandt also offers three ways to help hot yoga practitioners avoid danger, including limiting exercise time, lowering the temperature and increasing water intake. Accordingly, the ideal training period of hot yoga should be shortened from 90 minutes to 60 minutes, and the practitioners need to drink more water.
This is because many yoga practitioners believe that limiting drinking water (along with other activities) will help them gain maximum concentration and avoid distraction.
Hot yoga is a very good sport for the body, but psychological factors of yoga sometimes create misconceptions and scientists warn practitioners that they always have to follow the rules of science when operating, no matter what the sport.