If you ask a hot-yoga lover why on earth they like to practice in a 40+ degree (or 100 F for Americans) room, they’ll likely mention their muscles seem to loosen up quicker. Higher temperatures do in fact increase muscle and ligament flexibility, which can temporarily make deep stretches a bit more accessible. Especially in the winter, hot yoga can be a treat for both the body and the mind, as you escape the cold, work up a sweat, and sink deeper into your flexibility and range of motion.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum lie winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to get moving during the coldest months of the year. Just like hot yoga, time spent on the mountain can certainly get your heart rate up, however being out in the cold can cause your muscles to stiffen up. That can be a recipe for disaster if you take a tumble on the hill.
Compliment your skiing and snowboarding by practicing yoga. Whether you prefer hot yoga, vinyasa, yin or restorative, you can adapt your practice to prevent injuries and optimize your physical performance on the mountain.