Team – Today someone asked me a common fitness question. What is Bikram Yoga? Besides fun and hot, Bikram Yoga is very complex! As simple as possible, this is Bikram Yoga:
Who came up with this concept? Bikram Yoga is named after its founder – Bikram Choudhury.
What is it all about? Bikram Yoga, sometimes called Hot Yoga, is a series of 26 poses performed in a room at ~105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Where could I try this practice? Most studios are able to teach Bikram Yoga. If not, ask your studio if they suggest any in your area. Once you find a studio, ask if they have any charity classes. A charity class is usually donation based and all proceeds go to a local foundation. An easy and cheap way to try out Bikram!
When/How Long? All Bikram classes are 90 minutes in length.
Why is it hot in the room? Is that safe? The heat allows you to stretch deeper and safer into each pose. Just like a group fitness class, your body and muscles become more flexible once they are warmed up. It’s truly amazing how your body adapts to the heat. Feel free to find a child’s pose if you become dizzy or light headed.
I’ve never worked out before and/or how can I do it with a chronic illness? Most classes are designed for beginners as well as for those students who practice on occasion. People that have diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid disorders may reduce symptoms by doing Bikram. Basically, anyone can practice Bikram Yoga! That’s why I am such a fan or this practice. (As always, consult your Doctor and inform your Yoga Studio before performing any exercises.)
Don’t forget…A mat, towel, a couple bottles of water, arrive on time, don’t leave early, and ask any questions before the class starts.
Bikram Yoga works every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland.