While many Connecticut residents are running to the air conditioner, a group of people are embracing the heat to enjoy Bikram Yoga.
Beads of sweat formed on participants at True Bikram Yoga in Madison this week. The hot yoga class runs for 90 minutes in a room that's 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity.
Many yoga enthusiasts said that makes the outside world a bit more bearable.
"95 is brisk and refreshing when you walk out of here," True Bikram Yoga Owner Robin Brace said.
"It's better when the weather is hot because you don't feel the heat when you leave,” Warren Maxwell, who is Bikram Yoga enthusiast, said.
Bikram Yoga enthusiasts told Eyewitness News they swear by the practice. They said the mental, physical and emotional benefits make it worth all the sweating.
"My cholesterol is down,” Maxwell said. “My blood pressure is perfect."
"I have tons of energy,” Peter Doheny, who is an enthusiast of Bikram Yoga, said. “I'm more flexible...a lot more strength and balance.”
Experts with Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network told Eyewitness News the number one thing to do when exercising in the heat is to stay hydrated and watch for the warning signs of heat exhaustion.
"If you're going to be in a hot environment and going to be sweating a lot, you need to make sure you're replenishing those fluids constantly,” Greg Zimbelman, who is an orthopedic certified specialist in physical therapy, said.
No matter the heat, these enthusiast said they are enjoying choosing the heat.
"I have no pain after class,” Tracy Desjardins, who is an enthusiast of Bikram Yoga, said. “It's exciting, so it doesn't matter."
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