Bikram Yoga is a form of Yoga modified from the Hatha techniques in 1970 by Bikram Choudhury. In this type of Yoga, the 26 postures are combined with two breathing techniques in a series of 90-minute classes. Also, the interesting part of Bikram Yoga is it’s practiced in the hot temperature 95-108 Fahrenheit along with 40% humidity. As sweating aids in removing the toxins out of our body, this Yoga style eliminates the impurities from our body and prevents many diseases. Nowadays, doing Yoga in the hot room is offered by most of the fitness studios, but, Bikram Yoga is entirely different from others.
The whole session is conducted by a Bikram Yoga-certified-instructor who got their 9-week-training. They instruct you the standardized and particular dialogues to smoothly run the session and get most of its benefits.
Understand the basics of Bikram Yoga first!
As it consists of 26-poses along with the consecutive breathing cycles, you should know the secrets of perfectly executing the poses. When you perform these poses, your glands, nerves, tissues, and organs will be invigorated and your blood supply will be improved throughout your body. So, keep the following points in your mind while doing Bikram Yoga,
- Focus on your breath! While performing the poses, continuously and calmly pay attention to how you inhale and exhale the oxygen.
- Keep the mirror in front of you! It’s recommended to practice some poses of Bikram Yoga in front of the mirror.
- Don’t get disappointed! You may not even perform every pose in the beginning properly, but it doesn’t mean you can’t perform at all. It will need the practice of years and expertise to execute every pose ideally.
- Prefer using high-quality Yoga mat! Just to increase the safety and get the extra-comfort, make sure that you’ve chosen the right Yoga mat.
- Know why standing and floor poses will be helpful! Prefer standing poses for warm up, whereas, the floor poses are mainly composed of stretching, twisting, and squeezing your muscles and other parts of the body.
Know the poses of Bikram yoga
Every Bikram-yoga-pose has the unique purpose; however, your instructor will teach you and give the proper guide to performing every step of this Yoga. Following are the Yoga poses usually included in Bikram yoga,
- Standing deep breathing pose
- Half moon pose
- Half moon pose combined with hands-to-feet pose
- Awkward pose
- eagle pose
- hand-to-knee pose (standing)
- standing Bow-pulling pose
- balancing stick pose
- triangle pose
- standing separate-leg-stretching-pose
- tree pose
- standing separate-hand-to-knee pose
- sit up
- Locust Pose
- Half tortoise
- Bow pose
- Camel pose
- Rabbit pose
- Head-to-knee pose combined with stretching pose
- Blowing in firm pose
- Spine-twisting pose
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
You’ll find out what can Bikram Yoga does on our body below,
- Improves joint’s lubrication
- Decreases stress
- Makes your skin glowing and vibrant
- Enhances blood circulation
- alleviates chronic pain
- promotes cardiovascular fitness
- empowers immune system
- strengthen muscles and improves flexibility
- makes your posture and balance better
- increases lung capacity
- enhances the concentration power
- boosts the stamina and physical performance
The special considerations you shouldn’t avoid
Because bikram Yoga features the practice in hot temperature, it can become problematic for a certain population. Those who have a dehydration issue should consult your doctor before enrolling in the class.
People with multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and high blood pressure should avoid it because Bikram Yoga can worsen their conditions. Hence, it’s better to take the advice from the expert to prevent any mishaps during or after the class.