What is bikram yoga and what are its benefits?
Bikram Yoga is the original hot yoga that’s been featured on various media outlets and it is famous for it’s healing ability. It is a series of 26 yoga postures and breathing exercises done in 105-degree heat for a period of 90 minutes. Each posture is a challenge and addresses a certain area of the body, providing specific and powerful health benefits. Bikram yoga can also be performed by amateurs. Bikram yoga postures are done in a heated room so that heat can relax muscles and postures can be done without causing any injury. Each posture sequence of postures is done in specific order, preparing the body for the next posture, resulting in powerful healing and miraculous results.
By the end of Bikram yoga session you will have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while systematically moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100% of the body. These postures provide a balanced work out for all organs of your body. Bikram Yoga systematically builds strength, and flexibility by stretching and massaging the spine, muscles, tendons, joints, and all other organs of the body. Your lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality, bones are strengthened and joints are opened and lubricated. Through regular practice of Bikram yoga postures(Here is a complete list pdf & a youtube video) you could repair injuries and recover from illnesses, reduce weight, and gain peace of mind.
- Increased vitality – the heat combined with the postures is great for the lungs, circulatory system, muscles and joints.
- Weight loss – There is an immediate weight loss because of enormous sweating . Over time you tend to lose weight by practicing Bikram Yoga because of both detox and rigorous exercise.
- Detoxification – Doing workouts in a hot room is great for cleansing every pore of your body. People soon become addicted to Bikram yoga because of the amazing cleansing affect resulting from heavy sweating.
- Increased mental clarity – doing a lot of forward bends (as in the Bikram sequence) sends oxygen rich blood to the brain; combined with the meditative aspect of the practice brings one increased mental clarity
- Reduced stress – This benefit is common across all forms of yoga. Practicing most forms of yoga automatically reduces stress for a variety of reasons, including but limited to reduction in cholesterol levels