Continuing our series about the different kinds of yoga, this next one is perhaps the hottest one to date, figuratively –being one of the most popular ones with over 1,700 studios around the world- and literally –because it’s done in a room that can reach 105 degrees Farenheit!-. This is the yoga style known as Bikram Yoga.
What Is Bikram Yoga
Founded by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s, Bikram yoga has a storied history. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Choudhury suffered a knee injury when he was 17 that led Western doctors to believe that he would never walk again. However, having been practicing yoga under Bishnu Ghosh since he was 4 years old, he went back to yoga and found his knee to be healed. This inspired him to found Bikram Yoga, his very own style.
Done in rooms reaching 105 degrees F, Bikram consists of a set of 26 poses and two breathing exercises done at set time intervals over an hour and a half class. The poses were chosen by Choudhury from classic hatha poses and are designed to systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of your body, to each organ and fiber. The poses which include triangle pose, tree pose, eagle pose and cobra pose, among other common hatha yoga poses are done in a specific, unchanging order, in order to achieve the desired benefits.
Bikram yoga follows the 80-20 method and the exhalation method of breathing. With the 80-20 method, you take a full breath, assume the pose and continuously exhale 20 percent of the air through the nose. With the exhalation method, you take a full breath and exhale completely when you have assumed the pose, and continue exhaling while you hold the pose. These are very difficult tasks but are sure to give the results needed.
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Benefits of Bikram Yoga
The intense style of Bikram can also yield intense results. Aside from the flexibility and strength gaining benefits typical of many yoga styles, Bikram’s hot rooms which cause sweating can flush toxins out, while strengthening the muscles and joints; this is especially beneficial for those recovering from injuries.
The intense heat that also trains the mind; with students being encouraged to focus on the task at hand rather than the potential discomfort of the room, the mind becomes honed to be more focus and sharper, which translates to everyday life with practitioners being able to keep their cool while under hot pressure, figuratively. This is why Bikram yoga has become very popular with goal oriented, successful people, as they also get to practice keeping their cool in intense situations.
While Bikram Yoga can certainly be done by beginners, it is highly recommended that beginners experience an easier yoga style first before trying out Bikram, especially if the beginner has no prior yoga or athletic activity. Always hydrate when practicing, and make sure your mind is ready to undergo a trial by fire, so to speak.
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