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Hot yoga and epilepsy: What to know

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Hot yoga is a vigorous form of yoga that involves practicing in a hot and humid room. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by repeated seizures. Yoga can reduce stress, which is a seizure trigger for some people with epilepsy. As such, some people may question whether hot yoga can help with epilepsy.

This article explores the use of hot yoga as a complementary therapy for epilepsy, including its possible benefits and risks. We also list other natural options that people may want to try alongside standard treatments for epilepsy.

Can hot yoga help with epilepsy?

A person practicing hot yoga.
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One potential benefit of yoga is that it can reduce stress levels. Since stress can be a trigger for epileptic seizures, some regard yoga as a potential therapeutic option for this condition. However, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of any type of yoga as a treatment for epilepsy.

A 2017 studyTrusted Source

states that there is not enough strong evidence regarding the effectiveness of yoga as a sole intervention for epilepsy and that people should only consider the practice in combination with antiepileptic drugs.

A 2017 reviewTrusted Source

similarly stated that yoga could be an effective complementary therapy for people who are already taking medical treatment for neurological disorders.

Contrastingly, a 2020 review found that yoga significantly improved quality of life in people with refractory epilepsy, with the treatment performing better than no therapy and other behavioral treatments.

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