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By Kristen Domonell for Prevention.com 

PreventionIf your opinion of hot yoga involves hundreds of spandex-clad yogis pushing and twisting their bodies to the point of heat exhaustion and dehydration in some sort of mystical sweat lodge somewhere, you aren’t alone. Hot yoga, usually practiced in a room heated to between 90 and 105 degrees F, has been steadily growing in popularity, but the jury’s been out on it’s safety…until now.

A recent study published by the American Council on Exercise finds that with proper hydration, hot yoga is just as safe as its less sweaty counterpart.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse researchers recruited 20 healthy, relatively fit people between the ages of 19 and 44 and measured their core body temperatures after a 60-minute Vinyasa yoga class in a 70-degree F room, and then again after another class where the temperature was jacked up to between 90 and 95 degrees F with 35% to 40% humidity.

Keep reading to find out what the study found…

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