What is Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga is a 90 minute series of 26 Hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises, carried out in a room heated to 40 degrees celcius and 40 percent humidity. The combined heat and humidity increase muscle flexibility and can help to prevent injuries. Bikram Yoga is also very detoxifying, releasing large numbers of toxins through the breath and through the skin by sweating.
Bikram Yoga is designed for everyone from absolute beginners to more advanced practitioners. If you are not very flexible, and you have never done yoga before, don’t worry – you will not be alone, and that is why you need the yoga!
Because of the combination of the heat and the sequence of postures, the practise is very intense, and has dramatic and immediate results. This yoga is highly addictive. Bikram Yoga is taking the world by storm, starting in America where there are now several hundred studios, and now spreading into Europe and the rest of the world. Hundreds of thousands of normal people around the world have been cured of physical ailments, anxiety and stress, and have dropped several dress sizes in the process.
What are the benefits of Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga has amazingly quick results on many different levels:
Weight loss: You can burn between 600 and 1,000 calories during class, depending on how hard you work, and the postures are designed to trim and tone the body.
Health: Bikram Yoga works every single muscle, ligament, tendon, organ, and gland in the body, improving all of the systems of the body and helping to prevent disease.
De-stress: Bikram Yoga teaches you to breathe and control your mind, which leads to a deep feeling of relaxation and calm which you take with you when you leave the yoga room.
Why the heat?
The combination of heat and humidity allows you to go deeper into the postures than you could otherwise, without hurting yourself, and this helps your muscles and joints to stretch safely, greatly improving your flexibility.
Your lungs also have to work harder in the heat to take the oxygen out of the air, improving their elasticity, and creating a cardiovascular workout.
The heat also helps with detoxification, because sweating removes waste from the body, and encourages you to drink plenty of water which also helps to keep your system clean.