Bikram Yoga for Better Health and Circulation

You will come across with a variety of yoga styles and postures that you may practice regularly. Some of the postures are really very simple and a beginner can easily start practicing Bikram Yoga poses and enjoy several health benefits. But, there are some complex types of yoga that are quite challenging for beginners and it may potentially harm them, if they practice those poses right away without the guidance of experts. One such form is Bikram hot Yoga.

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Founder of Bikram Yoga

An Olympic Champion, Bikram Choudhury founded this style of yoga. He was the winner of gold medal for weight lifting in the year 1960. He decided to adapt the conventional techniques of yoga and include the humid and naturally hot environment of India into it and this how he founded this style. The prime focus of this style is to increase endurance, muscular strength and also to lose weight.

He has actually gone a great way to maintain this style intact and also protected it from all misinterpretation. To become a trained professional in this style to impart classes, it is important to become a license trainer by successfully completing the certificate course at Choudhury’s Yoga College of India in California. Though there are several colleges across the country offering training classes on this form, but to legally become a trained professional in Bikram hot Yoga it is important for you to be licensed by Choudhury after successfully completing the training program at his college in California.

How it is Different?

This form of exercising system is actually practiced in a room heated above 105 degrees. Moreover, the humidity of the room should be above 40%. This is the only style that makes use of a heated room during the practice sessions. Heat is the most crucial component of this style that makes this exercising session more of a workout method, instead of relaxation sessions. Huge amount of perspiration is also expelled, thus removing the toxic chemicals from your body. Practitioners need to ensure that they are totally hydrated before their exercising sessions, to avoid the problem of dehydration in the between the sessions. Your cardiovascular system starts pumping for ultimate workout due to the heat in the room and this enables your body to stretch quickly and hold the postures for longer period of time, thus your strength and endurance increases significantly.

Heat Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Practicing this form of art in a super heated room is just like having sauna bath. The heat produced inside the room increases the metabolism and pulse rate of the practitioners. It also allows the blood vessels to become flexible and supple which makes the blood circulation easier and faster and also enhances blood flow in limbs. It is believed that the chances of injury in warmed-up muscles are less; therefore the heat produced in the room allows the body to move with more flexibility. Undoubtedly, you will sweat inside the room but the act of sweating will help you to manage the internal body temperature.

Practice Style

Hot Bikram yoga sessions include transitioning from one posture to another through a series known as Vinyasa. In this sequence the practitioners move to plank pose first, then down through high to low pushup and again up to cobra posture and finally downward-facing dog pose. The Vinyasa helps to keep the muscle flexible and warm. However, there is also an option where the practitioners can do individual poses with small breaks and without any transition. The environment is so warm that there is no requirement of flow between poses.

Bikram hot Yoga comprises a total series of 26 poses or asanas. All the asanas are perfectly practiced in specific order and they are repeated again. Practitioners need to hold each posture for 60 seconds. The entire session basically gets completed in 90 minutes.

Most used Poses of Bikram Yoga

Poses of Bikram Yoga include:

  • Standing deep breathing pose
  • Half moon pose and hands to feet
  • Awkward pose
  • Eagle pose
  • Standing head to knee pose
  • Standing bow pulling pose
  • Balancing stick pose
  • Standing separate leg stretching pose
  • Triangle pose
  • Standing separate leg head to knee pose
  • Tree pose
  • Toe stand pose
  • Dead body pose
  • Wind removing pose
  • Sit up
  • Cobra pose
  • Locust pose
  • Full locust pose
  • Bow pose
  • Fixed firm pose
  • Half tortoise pose
  • Camel pose
  • Rabbit pose
  • Head to knee pose
  • Spine twisting pose
  • Blowing in Firm pose

Experts recommend this style to people who are enthusiastic about improving their health and  cardiovascular system as Bikram yoga is the ultimate way to achieve such health benefits. The style is designed by combining the benefits of conventional yoga with cardio exercises.

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