Its devotees emerge dripping with sweat, exhilarated after a challenging workout in searing heat.
But new evidence suggests that Bikram, and other types of hot yoga, is no better for you than normal yoga.
And worse, for its many fans who believe it helps them lose weight, it doesn't burn any more calories than traditional yoga.A new study at an American university has found that while performing hot yoga is not harmful if done properly, it does not make the body work harder than any other type of yoga.
Dr Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) said: 'The benefits are largely perceptual. People think the degree of sweat is the quality of the workout, but that's not reality. It doesn't correlate to more calories.'ACE sponsored a small study at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, in which researchers who monitored two dozen healthy adults during regular and hot yoga classes found no difference in the increase in core temperature or heart rate between the two 60-minute sessions. Dr Bryant said that people enjoyed hot yoga because it allowed them to feel more flexible.
But as far as physical benefits, including muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and balance, you can get those from a standard yoga class,' he said.
Source - Daily Mail