eveloped by the Yogi, Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga is the practice a sequence of 26 postures derived from Hatha Yoga. What makes this form of yoga stand out is the conditions under which it is carried out. A Bikram Yoga class normally takes in temperatures close to 105 degrees F with 40% humidity. Each class runs for about 90 minutes, with 2 breathing exercises in between. Contrary to most other yoga classes, the instructors in Bikram Yoga classes do not demonstrate moves to you, but talk you through the different postures, which serves as a form of meditation. There are several superior benefits that can be derived from this unique form of yoga.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
The warm, humid conditions loosen up your body, which allows you to reach new levels of flexibility without the risk of injury. Moreover, even as a beginner, you can ease into complex poses.
There are two ways by which Bikram Yoga helps you to detoxify. Firstly, the heat increases the rate at which you sweat, which helps you release several built up toxins through your skin. Secondly, some of the yoga postures compress muscles located near vital organs, which manipulates blood flow and prevents build up of blockages that can lead to fatigue and injury.
Since Bikram Yoga consists of the same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, the regular repetition of this sequence leads to constant improvement and advancement. This will lead to more passion, determination and focus in classes, which will start to find its way into your daily life.
The combination of the heat and careful movement increases blood circulation which relieves daily bodily stress. With regular practice, Bikram Yoga also slowly heals chronic pain such as arthritis and back pain.
Bikram yoga is a very effective form of strength-training and muscle building. The 26 postures have been carefully picked out by Choudhury to work muscles you didn’t even know you had, without you having to rely on a gym. Additionally, the heat helps you hold poses that are crucial for rapid body toning.
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