Let’s Get Hot and Sweaty!
The benefits of Bikram Yoga are a result of the precise sequence of asanas and the intense heat and humidity that it is practiced in. If you’ve never attended Bikram Yoga training then you may be in for a bit of a shock.
The first thing that hits you (quite literally) is the heat. At over 100 degrees and with 40% of humidity you’ll be glad you brought that extra bottle of water and towel. The heat helps the allows the muscles to stretch better, the circulation to improve and helps in the elimination of toxins through sweating.
Bikram Yoga – Sequence of Poses
Bikram yoga follows a set sequence of 26 postures and the class lasts 90 minutes. The sequence is said to work in the order that best benefits the body. Some of the benefits of Bikram Yoga are increased flexibility, strength and balance, weight loss, defined muscle tone and better energy levels.
One other benefit is in the development of concentration and discipline that’s necessary to practice at such an intense level.
Bikram Yoga is the work of Bikram Choudhury (right) who as a young man in India not only practiced yoga but was a champion weightlifter. After recovering from a serious knee injury through yoga he has devoted the rest of his life to promotion of yoga and opening a number of yoga schools. Bikram Yoga is now a highly popular style of hatha yoga with many enthusiastic followers.
Bikram Yoga classes are springing up all over the world. This is due in no small part to Bikram’s undoubted business acumen and his system of franchising his method. Controversially he has copyrighted his sequence of poses and they are taught only by his franchisees.
If you’re lucky enough to have an authorised teacher nearby then it’s worth checking out this intense and rewarding method, if only to discover what all the fuss is about. If you can’t, then practice at home using a Hot Yoga dvd like this one from amazon.com
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