Although sweating is a normal human function, excessive sweating occurs when the body is over-compensating for a certain problem. For this reason, it can be helpful to find ways of rebalancing your body’s systems. There is one form of exercise which aims to do just that. Yoga. Yoga is an ancient discipline which combines breathing and movement. The aim of yoga is to harmonise your body and correct any imbalances. So it’s possible that the regular practice of yoga could address the underlying cause of your symptoms – even if you don’t know what the cause is.
Although most yoga is a slow and gentle practice, is it still a valid form of exercise and as such, brings about the positive benefits that come from any physical activity. These include a more efficient metabolism, improved overall fitness and the release of endorphins. All of these effects combine to make you feel good – physically, mentally and emotionally. These benefits will continue even after the session and help your body perform better, heal itself and boost your self-esteem. Like all exercise, yoga is also an effective stress-buster. But when it comes to hyperhidrosis, yoga has an additional advantage. Regular yoga practice is great at inducing inner calm and emotional stability. So, if your excessive sweating is related to stress or anxiety, yoga could help immensely in reducing those occasions when you feel stressed. It will also help to reduce the severity of your anxiety when unavoidable stressful situations arise.
Although yoga can be a powerful exercise, it isn’t normally associated with the frantic and sweaty workout of more aerobic exercises like step, circuits or spinning. For this reason, yoga classes may appeal more to those who want to avoid public situations where they are likely to perspire heavily. However, there are forms of yoga that are more vigorous and fast-paced. Ashtanga is one of these (and Madonna’s exercise of choice). There is also a type of yoga called Bikram yoga (or Hot Yoga) which is performed in heated rooms – precisely to encourage your body to sweat more. But this could actually be a good thing for sufferers of excessive sweating. Firstly, everyone will be soaked through, so you needn’t feel self-conscious. And secondly, sweating is one way the body tries to expel toxins. So, if you ‘work up a sweat’ during your exercise regime, you will be speeding up this elimination. Then your body is under less pressure to ‘sweat out’ the toxins the rest of the time.
Yoga is far more than a series of random positions. The stretching, twisting, holding and breathing all have specific effects of different parts of your body. You can affect not just your muscles but your organs and immune system, too. So yoga is particularly effective at stimulating the digestive system. This is useful for sufferers of hyperhidrosis that is linked to weight issues, food intolerance or poor diet. Also, there are certain positions that help your body flush out toxins. This is helpful if your excessive sweating is a symptom of toxin-overload. In short, yoga will improve your overall fitness, detoxify your system, boost your well being and stabilise your anxiety. Since it addresses many of the health issues that lead to excessive sweating, yoga can be an effective route to not only reducing the symptoms, but also treating the cause.