Whether yoga practice can actually “detox” our bodies is controversial. Hot Yoga systems claim that sweating is a powerful way to detox. Physiologists dispute this, saying that perspiration is meant to cool the body, not detoxify it. While trace amounts of heavy metals have been found in sweat, detoxing is not the primary purpose of perspiration. Other systems in our bodies, they argue, are more responsible for detoxification. These include the filtering action of the kidneys, the detox processes in...

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