“New Year, New You”, right? With the “Resolutioners” taking over gyms across the country, now is the best time to try something new. It’s time for you to try Bikram yoga. Bikram yoga, or “hot yoga” as it is sometimes called, is definitely a “hot” trend. It’s been around since the 1970’s but it has recently been gaining in popularity.
Bikram yoga is a specific type of hot yoga and is not to be confused with other hot yoga’s, such as Moksha yoga or CorePower Yoga. Bikram Yoga has its trademarked 26 posture Sequence which was selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga. These 26 postures work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function. Each component takes care of something different in the body, and yet they all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other one, and extending its benefits (Source: Bikram Yoga — Fort Myers).
You may ask yourself, “why is the heat necessary?” Well according to Bikram yoga practitioners, yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a supposed to be a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body any way you want. According to some sources, Bikram yoga flushes away the waste products, the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. By sweating it out, it provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishments to every cell of your body so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy. Bikram Yoga also employs heat to further that cleaning process: When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin. (Source: Bikram Yoga — Fort Myers)
Some quick facts to keep in mind:
- Usually the yoga room is kept at 90-105 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The classes are about 90 minutes long.
- Since you tend to sweat profusely, you should always bring your own equipment (yoga mats, water bottles, and sweat rags).
- Attend class on an an empty stomach.
What’s your opinion on Bikram yoga? Would you try it?