Heat makes muscles more pliable and allows you to increase your range of motion.

No goal has ever been met without a bead of sweat. You’ll sweat a lot in class, the Pilates class is set at 34 degrees and you’ll burn the cals over 60 minutes. Whilst the Hot Yoga is set at 43 degrees and includes 26 movements and 2 breathing exercises over 90 minutes.

Regardless of the room temperature, both Hot Pilates and Yoga aim to provide relaxation of the mind and improve physical fitness. Below are our top 5 benefits:

1. Burns more calories

    Turning up the heat can help you burn even more calories.

    Hot yoga and HIIT Pilates are a pretty good calorie-torcher, you’ll burn up to 350 calories in a HOT HIIT Pilates for Women and up to 500 calories for men. Making Hot Yoga and Pilates a great option to burn calories, promote weight loss, and tone muscles with the upper, lower body and core exercises.

    2. Improves flexibility

    You may already know that stretching after you warm up your muscles is safer than stretching cold muscles.

    So, it follows that an environment like a hot studio can make movements and poses easier and more effective. The heat allows you to stretch a little further and achieve a greater range of motion.

    Stretching a muscle, stretches the cells, loosening its hold on impurities that shouldn't be there. Relaxing the muscles allows fresh blood to flow into it, collecting the waste and grime. Contracting that muscle squeezes the cells together, forcing the blood through the capillaries to wash it all away (back to the liver to be filtered and eliminated).

    Each pose is designed to stretch, relax and contract all your muscles in just the right ways to accomplish this rinsing of tissue.

    3. Reduces stress

    Many people turn to the Soul Tiger Hot Studio as a natural way to deal with stress.

    “The body achieves what the mind believes”. Yoga, Pilates, Barre and Yin Yoga are all incredible class styles that promote focus of the mind, control of the body and a supportive community for you to be the best version of yourself. 

    Burning calories, calming the mind can remove your layers of stress and reduce anxiety and relax your body. The low impact movements are a great way to build resilience.

    4. Provides a cardiovascular boost

    Striking different poses in high heat can give your heart, lungs, and muscles a more challenging workout than doing the same poses in a lower temperature. According to a 2014 study, just one session of hot yoga is enough to get your heart pumping at the same rate as a brisk walk (3.5 miles per hour). Hot yoga also revs up your respiration and metabolism.

    5. Nourishes the skin

    Sweating, and a lot of if, is one of the main objectives of hot pilates and yoga. One of the benefits of sweating in a warm environment is that it can improve circulation, bringing oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to skin cells. This, in turn, may help to nourish your skin from the inside.


    July 07, 2022 — Brigitte Slattery