Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga
Bikram yoga is a type of yoga, which includes a series of 26 poses performed in a hot room. Bikram yoga is also known as Hot yoga. It was created by Bikram Choudhury. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Bikram Chuodhury developed his own version of Hatha yoga, which includes a tightly scripted sequence of 26 positions and two breathing exercises. Bikram yoga is generally practiced in a room at a temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit or even higher. For this reason it is also known as hot yoga.
The idea behind this is that the heat will help in loosening of muscles, improving flexibility, and increasing your heart rate. Moreover, the heat also makes you sweat a lot. Bikram yoga has roots in Hatha yoga which was devised to heal the mind and the body.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
The following are the benefits of practicing Bikram yoga:
* Works every organ, gland, nerve, tendon, ligament and muscle in the entire body each Bikram Yoga session
* It will you in preventing injury and may prevent or improve chronic illness
* Improves the capacity to breathe deeply and fully
* Promotes better sleep, you may even need to sleep less
* Has wonderful body toning effects
* It helps in weight loss or gain depending on your body’s needs
* It helps in improve the healing and regenerative powers of your body
* It helps in improving posture and body awareness
* Helps with enhancement in your lymphatic system
* It helps with enhancement in functioning of T cell and your immune system
* It helps in increasing the flexibility of the body
* It helps in improving the metabolism / digestion
* It helps in lengthening and strengthening of muscles
* It helps in improved blood circulation
26 Bikram Yoga Postures
26 hatha yoga postures of Bikram yoga are, like most other hatha yoga styles, which are designed to stretch your muscles, compress your cardiopulmonary system, and enhance your circulation.
Initially, this practice can be uncomfortable or mildly painful and you may get dizzy or nauseous during the session. All these are the symptoms of detoxification taking place in the body, but you should be cautious as it may result in dehydration.
In general, in the first one hour of a practice session is spent on doing standing exercises, which is followed by half an hour of floor exercises. This yoga routine comprises of Bikram yoga positions such as:
* Half Moon Pose, which helps in strengthening of your abdominals and also in relieving back pain
* The Awkward pose, which helps in strengthening of calves, thighs, and hips
* Wind Removing Pose, which helps in strengthening of spine and increases flexibility
The last mentioned one also exerts pressure on your colon, which perhaps is the origin of the name of the position.
Reasons for Maintaining 105 Degrees Temperature
It is important to maintain such a temperature while practicing Bikram yoga postures because:
* Temperature keeps the body from overheating
* To protect the muscles allowing for deeper stretching
* In order that toxins are encourage to be sweated out through open pores
* For thinning the blood and encourage much better circulation
* This gives a better cardiovascular workout
* This enhances muscle strength
* Fats in the body seem to be made more fluid and more easily cleared from the body