Recently, I overheard an interesting conversation following my Bikram yoga class. A visiting yogi was raving about the class to the instructor. Among her many praises was the comfort of the classroom. Since this a Bikram yoga class, which is sometimes referred to as hot yoga, the term “comfort” should be used loosely. Optimally, a hot yoga studio should be 105 degrees Fahrenheit and have a relative humidity of 40%.
Achieving this delicate balance of temperature and humidity is important for two primary reasons:
- A heated classroom allows students to achieve deeper stretches, prevents injuries, and relieves tension.
- Complementing the high temperature with the proper humidity level makes warm temperatures more tolerable.