What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram yoga is the 26 posture sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudary from Hatha yoga.
It has been proven that these 26 postures (asanas) when done with two breathing exercises (pranayamas) systematically work every part of the body maintaining the optimum health of your body targeting all five systems:
- Nervous systems.
Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed to improve health, energy and vitality. Bikram yoga improves and stimulates the organs, glands and nerves moving freshly oxygenated blood to 100% of the body.
Each component heals your body from inside and out while the active moving meditation and focus on your practice strengthens your mind improving your concentration, thought process and mental clarity.
Why the Heat?
Yoga done in 39 degree heat reshapes your body. To help reshape and create flexibility you need the heat to stretch out to your maximum potential safely. A warm body is less prone to injury. The heat flushes away waste product and the toxins from all the glands and organs.
It improves the natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system with the help of the respiratory system. It allows a flow of oxygenated nourishment to every cell of your body so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy.
The heat improves your bodies cleansing process through your sweat. Sweating flushes impurities out of the body through the skin. The heat provides strengthening of willpower, self-control and determination.
What if I Have Never Done Yoga?
Bikram yoga is physically accessible to people of all ages, fitness levels and conditions. It truly is for anyone, whether you are stiff or limber, strong or weak, a beginner or a seasonal practitioner.
Performing the same sequence each time offers you a constant experience, allowing you to move at your own pace as your practice evolves.
How Can I Expect to Feel?
When your practice Bikram Yoga you feel energised, healthy and happy! Bikram says that if you follow his unique yoga sequence to the best of your ability, you will live a better, healthier life, a life that's in balance.
Your attitude and your entire outlook will improve along with your body and mind. That's what happens when you tap into the incredible potential of yoga.
Be prepared that it is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first class. Don't be scared it is because your body has begun to cleanse itself flushing out toxins and compressing organs through the tourniquet effect.