WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2013) - Yoga has always been one of the more popular fitness programs in the world and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down soon. According to a 2008 study published in the Yoga Journal, about 16 million Americans practice at least one form of yoga.
One of the styles that's gaining much more attention today is a style called hot yoga.
Hot yoga, which refers to yoga poses performed inside a heated environment with a temperature reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit, is believed to be effective in flushing out toxins and improving blood circulation. Its creator, Bikram Choudhury from whom the common form of hot yoga is named after, explains that the combination of heat and yoga poses gives more immediate and more intense results.
There have been many claims of hot yoga's benefits for the health. Proponents say that it can alleviate symptoms of pain, boost the mood, improve concentration, enhance flexibility, increase endurance and stamina, and be a remedy for common ailments like headache and back problems.
Now, Harvard Medical School is studying Bikram Yoga's effects, particularly on depression. Some doctors believe that this exercise method can actually help in the treatment of this common psychological problem.
Dr. Maren Nyer, a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the head of the Harvard study. He says, "We think the health effects these people experience may be due to the synergy of mindfulness, intense exercise and heat - all of which have been associated with the treatment of depression."
Professor Mark Williams, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, confirms that hot yoga indeed has great potential as a remedy for long-term pain like arthritis. According to him, "It has been shown by measuring electrical and chemical activity that meditation alone may bring about structural changes in the brain. The amygdala - the part that controls panic - shrinks. This is why it can be an effective treatment for depression and for pain, because much of the problem is feelings of hopelessness that come with endless discomfort. Yoga was developed as a preparation for meditation and it may have the same effect."
ABOUT MOKSHA YOGA
Moksha Yoga is a green, clean, hot yoga series that stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind. While all classes are rooted in the Moksha Yoga series, teachers are encouraged to bring their own unique knowledge and experience every time they enter the room to teach.
ABOUT MOKSHA YOGA KILDONAN
Moksha Yoga Kildonan now offers first time visitors an opportunity to explore hot yoga with a 30 day unlimited special for only $40. This gives the student a chance to experience different types of classes and a variety of instructors during one month. Moksha Yoga Kildonan's schedule includes two classes accompanied by a live musician and two donation classes every week to raise funds for local charities.
View more information about the benefits of Hot Yoga in Kildonan at the Moksha Yoga Winnipeg website.