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Bikram Yoga is named after its founder - Bikram Choudhury who studied Yoga with Bishnu Ghosh,Bikram Yoga brother of Paramahansa Yogananda. It is a series of 26 poses performed in a room heated from around 90-100 degrees Farenheit. Each Yoga Pose is usually performed twice and held for a certain period of time. Their yoga sessions start from Standing Postures, then the Backbends, Forward Bends, and Twists. Kapalabhati Breath or the "breath of fire" accompanies the Poses.

Heat is used in Bikram Yoga in order to allow you to go deeper and safer into a yoga pose. Your body becomes more flexible in the heat and since most of the poses used in Bikram are physically challenging, heat allows you to get into a pose that you never imagined you can do. It also eliminates the risk for injuries, promotes sweating and helps you release the toxins in your body. The poses not only work on your muscles but also your internal organs. Each pose stretches and strengthens your muscles, joints, and ligaments and, at the same time release the toxins and work on your internal organs like the glands and the nervous system.

Some people are often discouraged to the practice of yoga by thinking that they are not flexible enough. Yoga is not about being flexible, but about strengthening your body and your spine in all directions with the goal of creating a union between the body, mind and spirit. All that matters is to try the right way without pushing yourself too far. In practicing, you may wear shorts or leotards or anything you feel comfortable sweating in.

Bikram Yoga is designed to "scientifically" warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. Practice of this Style of Yoga promotes the cleansing of the body, release of toxins and utmost flexibility. It can also reduce stress and increase blood circulation. The practice of Bikram Yoga can also help you lose weight and develop toned and strong muscles.

Anyone can practice Bikram Yoga. People with chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders may benefit a lot by practicing Yoga Poses as it helps reduce many symptoms. It is also one of the best ways to prevent any ailments by keeping the body healthy. In fact, it has helped its founder, Bikram, recover from a serious knee injury he acquired in his training for weightlifting. His doctors had told him that he would never be able to walk again. After consulting with his Yoga teacher, he resumed his Yoga practice and his daily performance of the Asanas allowed him to rebuild his muscles and walk again. Hollywood celebrities, athletes and ordinary people also claimed that the practice of Bikram Yoga helped them in reaching high levels of performance, extend their careers, heal their bodies, achieve mental clarity and increased energy levels.

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