Amanda’s paramount concern is for the well-being and health of her students. For this reason she does not teach Hot Yoga. There are potential risks inherent to the practice of exercise in extreme heat, whether indoors or outdoors.
The risks include heat stroke – where the body’s ability to control its core temperature is overwhelmed. This is a potentially fatal condition where organs of the body such as the heart, liver, kidneys can shut down. Less serious consequences of exercising in extreme heat can include muscle cramps, dizziness, light headedness, nausea and exhaustion.
Another potential problem arising from the practice of Hot Yoga is that people tend to over stretch their muscles and ligaments in extreme heat. This can lead to instability and ultimately damage to the joints – e.g. arthritis. The muscles can also be damaged.
The whole point of yoga is to move towards greater well-being in mind, body and soul – why risk compromising your health in the practice of hot yoga?