An introduction to Bikram Yoga

8 Oct

Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s. Bikram Yoga sessions run for exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises.

In 2002, Choudhury successfully copyrighted his series of 26 poses done in a hot room and has since been involved in a number of legal disputes, both over the unauthorized use of his name, and, more recently, the use of his method under a different name. All Bikram yoga is hot, but not all hot yoga is Bikram. Bikram Yoga is the original hot yoga that’s been featured in the press and on television, famous for it’s miraculous healing ability.

Bikram Yoga is unlike any other Yoga Class. Nothing about Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class is haphazard. These 26 yoga poses are designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. Bikram yoga, developed by Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury, is a form of hatha yoga which takes place in a room heated to 40 degrees Celsius with around 40 percent humidity. While many enthusiasts preach of the benefits of Bikram yoga, some critics deem the practice at such high temperatures unsafe. Practicing Bikram yoga creates many benefits to both mind and body. Bikram Yoga is designed for EVERYONE – any age, size, shape, condition, or problem. To receive the benefits, a regular practice of 3 – 4 classes per week is necessary. By the end of a Bikram Yoga class, you will have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while systematically moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100% of the body. Let’s see the benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga.

  • Improve posture and alignment of the spine
  • Relieve backaches and headaches
  • Improve strength and flexibility and reduce the risk of injury
  • Keep fit joints and strengthen the muscles around the joints
  • Enhance the immune system
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Promote weight loss
  • Eliminate toxins through sweating in the heat
  • Provide the body with a spectacular shine from head to toe
  • Reduce stress and
  • Get a general sense of well being and peace

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