What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram yoga is a form of yoga popularized by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s in California. The patented practice involves repeating the same 26 poses in set cycles over a 90-minute class. The poses were chosen by Choudhury from classic hatha poses and are designed to “systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of your body, to each organ and fiber,” according to the official Bikram yoga site
Bikram Yoga is a Hatha yoga series of 26 asanas and 2 breathing exercises, practiced in a heated room. A powerful and complete system intelligently and systematically works through your whole body. It is suitable for all ages and levels of ability.
Medical and Health benefits of Bikram Method Yoga
Yoga is the perfect practice if one wants to initiate change in themselves. First by creating a strong and powerful body and mind, it is a starting point from which you can begin to realise your inner human spirit.
But… it is very physically demanding. Putting stress on your limbs, joints and muscles is a good thing. So only push yourself a little. “When you keep moving from pose to pose and in and out of many angles, it enhances your range of motion, making the activities of daily life easier on your body,” says Olson. Holding poses also improves balance and makes you stronger.
- Burning and Weight Loss
Regular bikram yoga practice can balance the systems in your body and makes you less inclined to crave junk food. You will create long and lean muscle tone.
Do not think that yoga is too slow or gentle for weight loss. ” A single 90-minute session of Bikram Yoga can help you burn up to 1000 calories, which is just as good as various other forms of cardiovascular exercise. Furthermore, the various poses involved in Bikram Yoga are said to benefit your digestive system and endocrine system, which boosts your metabolic rate.” For proof of this, just look to one editor who wore a heart rate monitor through a single class
- It Helps You Promote Mindfulness
There is a restorative power of taking time out for yourself. “Yoga is about cultivating mindfulness, which is the practice of paying attention without judgment and with purpose,” Rausch says. “Hot yoga heightens the physical environment, which, for most, encourages us to become present and take note of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. Every time I would step into a hot room, I remember immediately feeling my focus shift to my environment. I mean, it was so warm, there was nothing else I could think about. You notice the discomfort in your body, the thickness of the air, and how quickly the sweat beads form just about everywhere.
- Stress Relief
Your breathing patterns are directly related to your state of mind. Breathing normally and developing awareness of your breath in challenging situations will help you manage your stress levels. Bikram Yoga places a lot of emphasis on the breath, and we encourage you to explore and pay attention to the breathing cues given by your instructor. Embracing the time you spend in savassana (the last posture of class) is a great way to focus your mind on complete relaxation, and to help you cope when you are feeling stressed in everyday life.
- Boost Your Mood
Bikram yoga is a great option for people looking to connect with their mind and body (just like all other forms of yoga). The difference is purely environmental. “Sweat can be so sweet for many people,” Rausch says. “Hot yoga can be a great option for those who love intensity and are looking for a way to break a serious sweat. It’s also an interesting way to bring a sense of connection and community. When you’re in the room and experiencing something so challenging, you all emerge feeling triumphant with a ‘we did it’ feeling.”
- It Can Give You A Glowing Skin
According to this research when you add heat to your workout, it increases circulation even more than what would result from the same workout taking place at a room temperature. Everyone knows that when you work out, you are boosting your heart rate and thus your circulation. Increased circulation means more blood cells—and oxygen—coming in contact with the skin. This means that any workout, from running to hiking to yoga and Pilates, can flush your skin and give it a natural glow.
- It May Boost Your Heart Health
One study found that there is an association between spending prolonged periods of time in a heated environment (in this particular study’s case, it was a sauna) and a reduced risk of hypertension, which is otherwise known as high blood pressure. This is important, considering high blood pressure is associated with heart disease. While researchers haven’t quite been able to explain the link between heat and healthy blood pressure, it’s worth taking into account when it comes to a hot yoga practice.
- Increased flexibility and strength:
Bikram yoga classes stretches and strengthens every single muscle in your body, even ones you didn’t know you had! Work hard! Lock your knees! Try your best in every posture, and listen carefully to the dialogue. Increased flexibility and strength will naturally follow with your continued practice. “If you have a good spine, the gods will chase you. Nobody has psychological or emotional problems, everyone has a bad spine.” – Bikram Choudhury
The most important thing is to learn to live in the current moment. As soon as you notice your mind drift off, bring it back to the present moment by focusing on your breathing. The more you practice this, the more your focus will improve in everyday life. Bikram Method Yoga ensures healthy and balanced functioning of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous, digestive, elimination, respiratory, endocrine, and mental systems of the body.
“The real pleasure, the real peace, the real enlightenment is to give. The more you give the more you get. If you give 10, you get 100.” – Bikram Choudhury
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