The Hottest Form of Yoga
Bikram yoga has been given to the world by yoga guru Bikram Choudhury who is known as the “bad boy” of yoga for his penchants for teaching celebrities and buying luxury automobiles.
Also referred to as hot yoga because it’s practiced at 108 degrees Fahrenheit, this school of yoga uses high temperatures to produce more flexibility, thereby making it easier to reshape one’s muscles. The heat has the added benefit of flushing out impurities via abundant perspiration during a class.
Bikram’s sequence of 26 postures is derived from hatha yoga and methodically works the entire body including the internal organs, ligaments, muscles and circulatory system. These 26 yoga postures guarantees that oxygen-rich blood will circulate throughout the entire body during the whole sequence, leading to better health, consistent weight control, limber muscle toning and an improvement in general well being.
When performed properly, Bikram yoga benefits the body in many ways. It raises intensifies balance and coordination, overall energy levels, increases blood circulation and provides practitioners with greater personal discipline and focus. Yoga in general has the effect of reducing sports injury risks, the consequences of stress and offers people the chance to regain the natural flexibility they were born with.
Often first-time students get dizzy or tired during their initial Bikram sessions. This is to be expected and usually goes away after a few sessions, as it takes some time to get acclimated to working out in high temperatures. Additionally one should always stay adequately hydrated before, during and after each class.
There are thousands of studios around the planet offering Bikram classes with certified teachers. The certification requirements were created so that only genuine Bikram yoga is taught — if the teacher you’re practicing with doesn’t have official certification, find someone else that does.
Although this form of yoga was intended to be practiced in heated rooms, it’s possible to work on the poses at home with a personal yoga instructor, video or by taking yoga classes online. Bikram’s sequence can be studied by people of all age ranges, fitness levels or current health status as long as the will power exists to experience the whole sequence and reap the benefits contained within.