Learn About this "Hot" New Trend in Yoga and Its Benefits!
Are you a yoga enthusiast? One of the latest styles of yoga is Bikram yoga, also known as ‘Hot’ or ‘Spicy’ yoga that requires practitioners to pose in a heated room.
Bikram yoga was developed by Bikram Choudhury, a yoga master from India who founded the Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills in the mid-70s. Since then, yoga enthusiast of all ages have caught onto this trend and started enjoying a vigorous yoga experience at yoga studios around the country.
WHAT IS BIKRAM YOGA?
Bikram Yoga is a specialized form of yoga that requires performing a series of 26 poses in a heated studio. The room can reach temperatures of 105 degrees Fahrenheit or more, making the body sweat profusely while performing each yoga pose. Keeping the body this warm makes the muscles and joints more flexible and allows yoga practitioners to sweat out toxins and enjoy an invigorating exercise session. Heat therapy has been used since the days of the Ancient Greeks to treat a number of health problems and disease; raising the body’s internal temperature to a very high level helps improve feelings of well-being, and also helps you burn hundreds of calories per hour!
HOW LONG ARE BIKRAM YOGA SESSIONS?
Bikram Yoga sessions are typically 90 minutes long and require practitioners to follow a set of breathing exercises and postures. By the end of the session, the muscles, joints and ligaments in the body will be completely refreshed and fresh oxygen will be circulating throughout the body. Bikram yoga is considered to be both an intensive calorie-burning exercise, and a highly restorative fitness regimen because of its exceptional health benefits.
KEY BENEFITS OF BIKRAM YOGA
Performing the highly-focused and targeted stretching and breathing routines in the heated room eliminates toxin buildup caused by stress and also helps the body become stronger and more flexible. Taking Bikram Yoga classes regularly can give you more energy, make you feel refreshed and even reduce the risk of injury and soreness from everyday activities. Some of the key benefits of Bikram yoga include:
Clearing the mind
Toning and strengthening the muscles
Improving balance and coordination
Boosting the metabolism
Accelerating the heart rate
Flushing toxins from the body
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE STARTING BIKRAM YOGA
Bikram Yoga is a very powerful form of yoga and offers a number of health benefits. However, it may not be a suitable exercise for everyone. Women who are pregnant, experiencing menopausal symptoms and individuals with high blood pressure may need to refrain from doing Bikram yoga because the intensive heat can cause a number of health problems. If you have a family history of heart disease, circulatory problems or diabetes, you may be a better candidate for Hatha Yoga, a calm and less intensive yoga practice that provides many relaxation benefits but is not performed in a heated room.
If you are in good health and want to try a Bikram yoga class, you will need to:
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing – preferably yoga gear such as shorts and tank tops
Drink plenty of water before, during and after the session to prevent dehydration
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