By Inner Fire Luminary: Cheyenne Ravarino
I am a yoga teacher in Europe, but am doing all of my training in the US. One of the biggest differences between these two cultures in terms of practicing yoga is the perspiration. When I’m in LA, every class I go to is given in a slightly heated room, usually around 28° celsius (82 ° fahrenheit), and it's a given that people will sweat. I thought I wasn’t the sweating type and I find that when I walk out of those classes, I look like I’ve just stepped out of a shower. At first I didn’t like it, I was struggling, but then I realized that I was a bit more flexible, and that after awhile my skin was glowing. Even my best friend who came with me once told me that my skin seemed much more radiant when I was in LA than at home, and the usual cold I used to have every winter simply disappeared.
So let’s talk about the good effects of sweating:
When you sweat, your pores open and release the dirt that’s inside of them. Ask your dermatologist! Just wash your face after, and your skin will be cleaner than before.
It flushes the body of alcohol, cholesterol and salt. A study in 2011 found many toxic elements seems to be excreted through sweat.
Some research has suggested that: “temperature-sensitive neural circuits to specific
regions in the brain exist and may play a significant role in controlling mood.”
Some studies suggest that “human perspiration contains a naturally occurring
antimicrobial peptide called dermicidin, which has been proven to fight tuberculosis
germs and other dangerous pathogens, and viruses, bacteria and funghi.” The natural
antibiotic is activated in salty, slightly acidic sweat.
Some research from the University of Washington found that exercise in the heat
makes you sweat out salt and hepls to retain calcium in your bones rather than
having them go into the kidneys and urine where stones form. Plus sweating makes you want to drink more water which helps with that process too.
This is because of the production of endorphins that are natural painkillers.