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How many calories does Bikram Yoga burn?

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On average, women burn 330 calories during a 90-minute Bikram yoga session, while men burn 460. These results are based on a 2014 study from the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University. Before this, Bikram yoga was assumed to burn hundreds of more calories per workout.

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The amount of calories burned during a 90-minute session is equal to a quick 90-minute walk. Researchers believe that higher estimates of calorie burn were derived from a heart rate formula. However, the contributing factor to this heart rate of the high temperature of the room was not taken into consideration. Bikram, or "hot" yoga, is practiced in a room that is 104 or 105 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, scientists think that exercisers perceive the session to burn more calories because of the difficulty of the positions and the extreme heat.

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